My advice is to never have any dog around a child without you being, you know, right there next to them. you should never disturb a dog eating, even a baby. They should not be close at feeding times as it is natural for a dog to fight for food.
You do not have to give the dog away, as it was an accident. Now that you know to be more careful, there probably will not be another incident. Too many dogs are being given away over the same things, thinking the dog will attack from now on. I can understand that the situation must be scary in any situation, but a Dog is just reacting like a Dog. And putting him down is a bad idea as he was just doing what is natural to the dog, the dog sould never die for acting like a dog. PLEASE do not have the dog put down. Just take precautuions, and you do not have to wait till your son is in bed to feed the doggy, just keep your son away.
And as your son grows up, teach him never to disturb a dog while eating (or with a chew toy, or bone etc ...) or to run at a dog, you know how crazy kids can be. This frightens some dogs and can react with a bite. Any dog can do that, and it is just better to be safe. Once again, never let your son near the dog while eating, chewing on a toy he would be protective of, etc ... Sorry to here of the bite!! I hope your son is okay!! Please let us know on how it goes
// k a t ((d)) 猫ちゃん ☆～（ゝ。∂)
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Last edited by GeishaGirl; 04-17-2006 at 09:44 PM.