We have a niece 3 yrs old, whos not nice to our 2 yr old golden, our dog bit her once before and then again today, this time she broke her arm. Shes generally very mellow and a wonderfully sweet animal (normally) and just a little anxious around little kids excepting this one . Dog obviously feels threatened by her, anayone ever rehabilitated a kid biter successfully or do we have t put her down.
the girl reached out to pet (?) the dog and the dog reacted by grabiing, shaking her arm, puncturing the arm in two places, and snapping the bones, the last time the girl was shaking the dogs ears hard. girl was punished, and both incidents were reported by the emergency rooms. My kids are devastated because shes been so far a very cool dog. so I'm trying to figure out if wer'e not forced to put her down how can we teach her not to get aggressive around three year old little girls.or is it at all possible. We will always have to keep an eye on her around kids, is there anything else we can do.
thats a pretty severe reaction to a little girl just reaching out to grab your dog...... since this bite has to be reported to the local authorities and it is her second offense.... you may not have any control over the decision to euthanize....... the authorities may make you do it.......... if your dog is fine around your children and it is just others she is not fine around i would just put her in a crate when you have company over. that is what we do with thunder who i cannot trust around other children outside my own son .
I know what I would do as well.....If any of my dogs show any type of aggression at all towards anyone other than a stranger (adult) that is a threat, then they are gone....and I don't rehome them either...I don't want someone else to have my problems.
I am so sorry for what you are going through. And as a parent and a animal lover it would make the choice even harder. But from what I read and sent chills down my spine. And I hate to say this but I personally would either maybe try to rehome through a rescue group. But even then I would be very worried of what the dog could do to another person or child. And if it happened exactly how you said she just reached to pet the dog and this was the reaction the dog bites so hard that it breaks bones I would have the dog put down. As hard as it would be for all parties involved. It would be to hard on me to think that this dog could bite again and do this much damage or worse.
I wish you the best of luck. And I hope your little girl gets better soon.
I'm sorry about all of this but your dog will probably have to be put down.
Golden Retrievers especially shouldn't be acting like that for no good reason. I own two now and have owned them for 13 years so I know a lot about them. I find that kind of odd that your Golden is acting like that.
Unforutately, with bad breeding practices (everyone wanting to breed Goldens or any other breed) people are ruining the breeds temperament and many other things about the breed. More and more Golden Retrievers are becoming aggressive because of bad breeders and bad breeding dogs (with bad temperaments too).
I find it best that the dog is put down. They will probably make you anyway. Sorry again!
The dog is not a pure bred, her daddy was and mom was a shepherd,golden,yellow lab mix. the only thing I can figure out given that the dog usually is extremely tollerant of my children 6,10,19,21and,24, is that this little girl has been mean to her and the dog has not socialized a lot with littler people. Or maybe she just doesn't like or trust this kid (a niece), either way we are very sad, but , we will probably have to put her down.Thanks for all the input, it's a very hard situation because she has been such a sweet dog.
IMO not dogs fault, he was protecting himself from a known threat. his actions were not unprovoked. it is sad it was a child, but the dog is paying with his life, what we all we hope to have as a right, to defend ourselves. a dog is not politcaly correct and we as humans are the more intelligent species. the thing that gets me, dog has bit once, child was known to have abused dog. yet child and dog were aloowed to meet. and it is possible to rehab this dog. but it is going to take a trainer or behaviorist with some skills. and i am afraid the dog might not even get that chance.
I'm with Gunny on this one, that child and dog shouldn't be near each other... Dogs can only speak with their bark or teeth, the dog has told that child before not to bother her, and yet she did. A bite is a very scary thing I do feel for the child and I feel for the dog but this situation was 100% preventable! I adopted a dog that would eat kids for breakfast, he's now reliable with kids and will warn them but if push came to shove he would bite. Dogs don't speak english, best thing to do is teach that child to respect the animals, or she may meet a dog much worse. When she comes over put the dog away, period.
While I think that the fault of this dog's damage goes all the way around, owner, the child and the dog...I am sorry the only solution is to euthanize the dog. It might seem like a romantic idea to rehabilitate a dog and make it "well" again...but folks, a little reality here...you have to ask yourself...are you willing to loose everything you have, will have or ever dreamed of having. If you allow a dog that you KNOW is dangerous to exists you ARE responsible for that dog and all its actions. This means you can be held criminally neglegent and do jail time if you allow that dog to live, be sued in civil court and be paying damages for the rest of your life. Its not worth it. NOTHING is worth risking the life of another person that might become an innocent victim to your decision.
This seems like a fairly easy thing to remedy. Keep the kid away from the dog. Especially a 3 yr old kid. Quite a few dogs have no patience with small children just for the reason that small kids pull fur, ears, tails, and poke at eyes.
I had a dog that did not like kids. When my Grandkids came over or any other small kids, the dog was put in his own "safe area." Never had a biting incident with him. And if your dog has shown zero tolerence, why subject him to the child a second time?
Also take him for a vet check-up. He may just not feel real well. Example ear infection. Maybe that's why he doesn't want his ears pulled.
Another thing, that's why I keep talking about adult supervision with dogs and kids. This whole episode could have been avoided. Now a perfectly good dog is waiting to see if it's going to be euthanized for just being a dog.
It never occured to either set of parents to be worried, how stupid ! Looking back. what was I thinking, I guess I thought she is so sweet she certainly wouldn't do that again unless severely provoked and we would see that comming,the other thing is that we were all right there. We have kids walking in and out daily, and the dog doesn't do anything other than bark when they ring the bell and then she goes back to her nap. Or picks up the ball to play. But as someone said she was reacting to a known threat. And now that this has happened we have some hard decisions to make. We are leaning toward putting her down I don't think there is any other logical choice, unless someone out there wants to take on the risk. I know we probably won't be able to. Too many people comming in and out. Thanks again for all the input, this was great to find this site and talk about in an unemotion filled setting. We are lucky the brother in law didn't break her neck when it happened, he was mad enough to. I appreciate all the comments they have helped me to think through this. Now I jsut need to get over the guilt of not seeing it before it happened. Hard lesson learned. Thanks
This is where I can't agree, if I provoke a dog I expect to get bit, this dog was provoked not once but twice and it has to loose it's life? Someone wrote she's a retreiver and shouldn't do that, well I have a Doberman that tolerates more than your retreiver yet people fear her because she's a doberman? My brother has a lab that just about took a kids face off when the kid repeatedly pulled his tail.
Dogs are dogs, they shouldn't have to tolerate torture from a child. Yes some tolerate childrem better than others but some don't. Again dogs don't speak english, kids do.
What risk are they taking? They know the dog doesn't like to be provoked, so put it away when kids are around, train her, exercise her, be there for her. You can't expect a dog to behave perfectly because of the breed. Dogs need direction from thier owners, they need a leader.
I think it's a shame that a dog looses it's life because of human irresponsibility.
Sorry for your delima. If the little girl has been provking the dog all along and this time the dog decided to defend itss self before she could torment him I would not be overly concerned just lock the dog in another room when the girl is over and keep her out of the room.
However, I once had a doberman that jumped my wife because he would get crazy frustrated when a female within his scent was in heat. My wife just walked in the house and he lunged for her drawing blood from her arm right through a heavy winter coat. That dog was taken out back and shot that night when I got home from work. I will not accept that behavier in my house. I once had a dog growl at me, I backed him down, he never did that again. But I will not tolorate a non provoked attack on a member of my household from any dog.