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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-11-2006, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
 
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my dog bit my son last night

our beagle bit our 13mo old son last night. he must have crawled to close to him while he was eating and player got his hand, and i don't mean a nip i mean a bite. we ended up in the er because you could look into the wound. if it had been a one time incident i wouldn't be worried but the dog has growled at him when he crawls by him. i'm pretty concerned it will happen again and i am thinking we should bring him to the humane society where yes they will probably put him down. my husband doesn't want to bring him but instead takeextra precautions when there are kids around and feeding him while my son is asleep or something. my heart is broken and i just don't know what to do. i have had him for 9 years and i love him soooo much. but what if it happens again only this time it's his face or someone else's kid? or heaven forbid i have to go to the hospital again for another dog bite from the same dog? i just don't know what to do.
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wow i am so sorry, what a scary situation...when I had Ashley (long ago) I had a poodel who was my life, she was my constant companion since I was a kid, she was so jealous of Ashley, I had to make sure that I always kept an eye on her, even after years with Ashley, she never warmed up to her, just me...some dogs are that way, I kept Ashley away from her (which was easy cause ash had no desire to go near her) and I never let one play in the same room as the other...I am so sorry this has happend, its so hard to go through...I hope your son is doing ok...I am just so sorry

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I'm sorry to hear that this has happened. Perhaps you could find a rescue willing to find him a home withour children in it? ora t least older children, this may just be how he acts towards such a young child? I hope you found a suitable solution.


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post #4 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-11-2006, 04:33 PM
 
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A few things I've heard others do in this situation....

Don't the two unattended together. Never let your son near the dog when he is eating or has a treat. Also don't let them play together especially with toys (your dog is probably jealous of the attention your son gets regardless of whether or not you are giving him a lot of attention still, he may also be trying to display dominance over your son).

You should make special time everyday for your dog as well as your son, that way your dog knows he is still part of the family and that he is still important.

If your son and your dog are together and your dog displays any signs of dominance of aggression you must step in as the alpha and correct your dog by letting him know that his actions are not acceptable. If he knows you won't tolerate it he may stop doing it.

Our dog Loki has dominance issues and when we first got him he was very pushy and would jump on people but it didn't take long for him to learn that those things were not acceptable and even now if he gets pushy we send him to his spot and he gets ignored. So he learns that when he preforms those behaviors he doesn't get ANY kind attention good or bad.

Now if you're with your son and your dog you might try sitting with them together and if your dog acts very friendly towards your son, give him lots of praise, sound excited, give treats, anything to show him that his behavior is good.

If those things don't work you can always talk to an animal behavor specialist. I watched a show on Animal Planet about a couple that had a dog for several years. Then they had a child and the dog was extremely jealous and vicious towards the child. The couple was afraid for the safety of their child but also didn't just want to get rid of their long time pet and friend so they had a behavorialist come in and with lots of work their dog and their child now get along and they can trust their dog and child together without worries.
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Im kinda confused on why you think he would be put down. There are a lot of dogs that don't like kids doesn't mean they should be euthanized. Im sure that if you have to give him up that he could goto a home where they are adults only. Since he is older, he could probably find a good home with an older couple.
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I'm so sorry you are dealing with this. I grew up with the rule that if a dog bites they get put down, no second chances. Now that I'm older and a mum myself, I know a lot more about dog behaviour. If my dog bit my daughter the dog would be gone. I would get a behaviourist in to see if the dog had a chance (ie. with another family) and go from there. I know how to recognise warning signs so I should pick up on any warning signs first, before an incident occurs. I know people may disagree with me but like you said, what if it's her face next time? I wouldn't risk it personally, and yes I love my dog very much but my daughter's safety has to come first. The only way I would work with a dog that had aggression issues with children in the house is if my kids were old enough to understand 'don't go near the dog.' A baby/toddler doesn't understand that.

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thanks for everyone's advice. i think i am going to call the humane society tom. and see what they say. i am just so paranoid when i don't know exactly where they both are. i am hoping they can place him with adults or something. i have just lost all trust that i had in him. i love him and i want to work with him but i couldn't live with myself if something happened again. it was so traumatic at the hospital last night watching them scrubbing an open wound in my sons hand and he had to have a pretty nasty shot of antibiotics. this bite is so bad that had it been a cut instead of a bite they would have stiched it. i will keep you posted--this is one of the most difficult decisions i have ever made.
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In the end you need to do whatever you feel is best for your family. If you decide to give him up I'd suggest finding a no kill shelter or a rescue group that could rehome him that way at least you would know he will go to another loving home and they can place him in a suitable enviroment where something like this wouldn't happen again.
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post #9 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-12-2006, 03:07 PM
 
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I am so sorry you are in this position Hopefully he can be rehomed into a place with no children
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This must be a really difficult decision for you, you most be really torn. I too would really want to protect my child also.

Dogs usually growl or try to bite when they have a treat or food, because the dog thinks you are trying to take the food away from them. But if your son is in the room and your dog is growling, then there is a problem there, and your son most be so afraid too after what happened.

Only you can decide what is best. I hope you find a good home for him.
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Oh wow...I am so sorry.Many hugs...maybe you can seek out a rescue group in your area?? I would tell you to contact Beagle Paws, but unfortunatly they only deal with Canada right now...I hope you figure out the right thing to do!




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post #12 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-14-2006, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
 
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ok so here is an update on player(my beagle) we still have him. he is kind of on doggie probation. he spends most of his day in my room, which he did anyway, since i am home alone with them both during the day and have a hard time keeping an eye on them. when my husband comes home he may come downstairs if he wishes. he doesn't eat until my son is in bed. this is the way it will be from now on. we have agreed anymore signs of aggresion and he will have to be put down or rehomed with adults only and not allowed around kids. wish us luck.
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I am so glad to hear you are giving him a second chance. But, if it doesn't work, please try to find a rescue or no kill shelter that will find a great home him.
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I am so glad to hear you are giving him a second chance. But, if it doesn't work, please try to find a rescue or no kill shelter that will find a great home him.
i found a no kill shelter about about an hour from here. i haven't called them yet b/c we decided to keep him. i am afraid it will be the same as at the humane society who told me they would put him down and not try to find a home for him. for now everything is ok. not great but ok. i am still really nervous any time he is around my son or company or other peoples kids.
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I really am sorry. I can't imagine what it must be like in your situation.

Is your dog dominant around other people, or just your son? How is his obedience?
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