Our dog bit my 2 year old

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My 2 year old daughter was trying to pick up our Corgi the other night and he bit her. This is the first time he's ever bit HER. He has bit our other dog several times. He is very bossy and somewhat aggressive with the food and territory things.

The problem is my hubby and I disagree on how to handle this. I talked to the vet about this about a year ago because I saw this day coming. He recommended a doggy birth control pill to reduce his agressiveness (he's already fixed) but my husband thought it was crazy. The vet said we should put him down if he bites her. Well now it's happened. I am ready to give him to a child free home but my husband says it's our fault because we don't exercise him and our daughter should be leaving him alone. I saw she's only 2. She's bright but even though he bit her she still chases him and tries to pick him up. I am surprised it hasn't happened yet but it's because she's getting to the age where he cannot get away from her like before. He cannot be trusted. I want him gone. My husband says we made a commitment and we need to try other things first. Oh and I am expecting another one in June! He is kind of a sweetie. We've had him 4 years but he's a bully. What would you do?

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Kaileen - posted on 02/17/2009

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Our dog bit our 10 month old - it was a tough call, baby was just learning to walk, dog was sleeping, and baby fell on him. Not the dog's fault, surely, but we just could not take the chance again. We talked to a trainer, and he said since the dog is 10, there is no "re-training" him - though he agreed basically with what your husband said...it was our fault for not creating the right conditions initially. I felt soooo guilty. I don't know if a 4 year old dog is too late to fix, too. My parents ended up taking him, THANK GOODNESS. We still get to see him but we don't stress out every day with the kids around. Good luck, it is a terrible decision to have to make.

Ruth - posted on 02/16/2009

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Hi,
I have had a much more serious situation with my daughter and my dog. We loved him to bits, we had had him for 5 years. That doesn't matter. That does not compare to your child's life. Yes it's a small bite. But that is where the problems start. We put our dog down the next day. I have no regrets. As I said our situation was a lot more serious, but if i was in your position, I would still put the dog down. Your daughter's life is more precious than anything. And you can not re-home a dog that has bitten anyone. It's not right. It's sad, it's difficult, believe me I know. But I feel the right thing to do is to put him down. By the way the birth control pills don't work in my opinion. Don't take a chance. I just thank God every day that my daughter is still here. We also had signs which we ignored. Thank God that he gave us another sign. A serious one, but we still have our daughter, and she only has a few tiny scars. You would never say what really happened if you saw those scars. She is only 3. Oh and tell your daughter you sent the dog to live somewhere else, otherwise she will feel guilty if you tell her you put it down. Also she is too young to understand.

Stephanie - posted on 02/21/2009

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If either of my dogs bit my son, depending on the situation, I would give them up in a heartbeat. If my son is hitting the dog and causing pain, and it snaps, not sure that I would react the same. The only way a dog can say to stop hurting them is to growl and if the pain is overwhelming they are going to react the way they can. That is nature. Attacking and snapping are 2 different things. Children of course learn to not hurt animals, and the dogs cant look at the kid and say "Hey, could you please stop hurting me" That is our job.

Michele - posted on 02/20/2009

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It's a tough situation and I totally agree with all the ladies. We had a pug, pugs are not known to be agressive at all. He was a dominant dog (we had a total of 3 of them) and one day he did growl at our son. Well that was enough for me...so sadly we got rid of him. I had a friend who took him in until we could find a home for him. Now he is living in a child free home and is very happy and spoiled. It was the best thing to do for all of us. Think of it this way....could you ever forgive yourself or your husband if your dog seriously injured your child? Can you take that risk?

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Also I am kind of peeved my husband is taking the dog's side rather than our child. He is really attached to this dog. I obviously am not!

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JEANNE - posted on 09/13/2013

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BABY COMES FIRST ALWAYS!! NO SECOND CHANCE NEEDED--NEXT TIME IT COULD YOUR DAUGHTERS FACE.....

Adf0905 - posted on 02/17/2009

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Our dog growled at my 16 month old. She's had issues with my daughter since she was born. She's a rescue, and its really obvious that she's had bad experiences with kids. Growling was the deal breaker, and she's now at a farm with other cattle dogs and farm animals to herd!

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