Hi I hope u can help me because my 6 year old mini doberman isn't around kids much and i am marrying a guy who has 3 4 year olds, triplits, and i don't know what to do and i don't wanna give him away because i love him a lot!! Please help!
I would never ever turn my back on the dog around the kids. If it begins to growl at them....consider rehoming the dog. The kids may be great with the dog and become great friends. I would definately get them involved as much as possible in the dogs life before you all live together. Have there been any instances that worry you so far?
Thanks for your advise SuperMommy, if i have to give my dog away, should i get a new puppy to keep me company, or should i wait until "my" kids are older?? Or should i just get a cat instead? I already have 7 horses to look after, maybe i should just stick with the farm animals for now? I have no idea what i should do, PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!
BabyBear, you don't even know yet if your dog is bad with kids! Let the dog meet the children, and if he acts...bad, find him a home that you can trust. Mabey a family member, a friend, or a friend's friend. Mabey someone close so that you can see him often. If you feel pressured and stressed because of all your horses, don't get another dog to make it more stressful. If you feel that you can take care of them, however, without stress...Get a bigger dog IF your dog that you have now is bad with kids. For instance, a golden retriever puppy, ya know, a classic. Get it as a puppy and socialize it well, so it won't "not like" the kids. DON'T get rid of that baby that you have now UNLESS you are CERTAIN that he doesn't do well with kids.
Well he has never met them, but i was walking him and a little boy tried to pet him and he nipped at the kid and made him cry because it scared him and the mom told me off and wanted the police to destroy him, but it is a small town and Kurt, the police officer, said since he is nice to adults that i could keep him, but when i walk him he has to be on a short leash and have a muzzel on.
BabyBear-- Don't fool yourself, dogs have a VERY good sense about people. They sense who is who and what is what. Sometimes, I think, they have a better sense of people than even we do! :) I agree with the rest of the posters, give 'em a chance. See how they all do together, and I think once your pooch realizes that these 3 little "doggies" are part of the family, everything will be fine. Keep us Posted! --PuPz
I would never do that. Get a puppy if you have to get rid of your dog. Already planning ahead I see. You don't even know if your dog is bad with kids. I agree with suppermommy. What happened is pretty bad. Oh, Babybear. Try letting your kids give treats to the dog when you introduce them.
when you have your dog out and about on the street and a stranger....especially a child who is close to eye-level with the do...your dog is more likely to bite. They are being protective of you. I am not saying it is a good excuse, but dogs don't see kids like we do. When you introduce your dog to these kids, which you should do immediately, have the dog on a down-stay. This puts your dog in a submissive state. Allow the kids to pet the dog and give treats. Do this as often as possible before the kids move in and even after. Everytime the kids are in the room with the dog, the dog must down stay. If you don't already have a crate I would suggest getting one. This allows the dog to get away from the kids. Teach the kids not to try to pet the dog while in the crate. Good luck!!!