Originally Posted by crunchy_mommy
Maybe there wasn't enough supervision in the OP's case but 'constant supervision' doesn't solve everything -- our dog nipped DS when I was literally right there, arm's reach, and paying close attention. I do wonder if it would have been worse had I not been right there.
After seeing my formerly gentle, passive dog turn on DS I will not get another dog until we are done having children & the youngest is no longer a little kid.
Which was pretty much my point. OP & family should wait until there are no longer small children in the home before getting another dog.
I agree - it is impossible to supervise 100%. In the case of a dog that is even somewhat food aggressive, a gate preventing the child from getting near the dog while it's eating would have helped. Hindsight is, of course, 20/20.
Originally Posted by ChristyMarie
This is very true. Sam nipped DS's finger in the snack incident with us both right there. Stuff happens really quickly sometimes.
The other thing no one is talking about is teaching the child how to behave around the dog. Yes, dogs needs TONS of training. But so do people. My old trainer had a great phrase - puppies don't fail training class, owners do. My husband needed help in interracting with Sam (his first ever puppy) and we have taught my son how to behave. He would never get his face next to Sam's or growl at him. He knows if Sam is barking he is to back off immediately. He needed to learn to not run when he didn't want to play because that was doggie language for "chase me!" I think we forget that everyone needs a bit of training when you bring a pet into a household.
I think most dogs and kids will get along great - with a lot of patience and a lot of effort to teach them how to interract. But yes, unfortunately there are some dogs who are just not going to do well with kids.
Exactly. My Pen nipped my daughter a few times when both were younger. In every case, it was because my daughter did something to trigger it - be it waving food around, plopping next to/practically on top of a sleeping dog, or something of that ilk. I worked with both of them - Pen to learn how to be a well-behaved member of our family, and my daughter to learn how to be an appropriate & responsible dog owner.
In OP's situation, I would not act with undue haste to euthanize the dog. I *would* work with an appropriate rescue (surrendering him ASAP) who would evaluate the dog to see if there would be an appropriate placement where the dog could "work" and where there would not be small children. The rescue where we got our foxhound had him tagged as not to be adopted to a home with any children at all, as they made him nervous. Our situation was a rare exception, as he had actually been my daughter's dog at her Dad's, and the children living there F/T were not used to dogs, nor were the adults knowledgeable in dog ownership. Not their fault, just what it was. I had to drive 6 hours, with two kids and two dogs so we could do a F2F, and they were astounded at how well he responded to my kids - no nervousness at all, hopped up on a sofa between the two of them for a cuddle, etc. We then drove 6 hours home with two kids and three dogs through a driving snowstorm. But it was worth it. He can be a pain in the butt at times, but so can I.