Originally Posted by kater07
I think you need to question WHY it happened and who is really to blame. If your DD was pestering the dog or encroaching on your dog's territory (food dishes, kennel, dog bed, etc, then your DD needs to be kept from those areas and taught to respect your dog.
hmm maybe she should keep the dog and give dd away...
but seriously. i'm every bit an animal lover as everyone else but, goodness gracious, are we really gonna send the dog to therapy over this? its a dog, it did what dog's do and the little baby did what baby's do. when you have family pets and kids there's always a risk that something like this will happen and it's important to take preventative measures, and, yes, educating the children to and how to respect life is a crucial, and so is being a responsible pet owner and trainh pets to respect humans; but personally, if i had to go through all the trouble to keep dog and baby apart, because i knew
[/B]that a pet is unsafe around baby AND the pet already had injured baby--i would give the dog away. sounds like an accident waiting to happen, sounds like a lot of extra work. but that's just me.
actually, this is what we did--gave away our young alpha-female husky mix to a childless friend because she exhibited territorial behavior around us before dd was born and i didn't want to chance it. it was sad, but she's adjusting just fine, and even getting more attention there than she was getting here.
we actually kept the other dog that's been part of the family for over 14 years. and he lives mostly outside now, he used to be mostly inside before dd was born. we go outside to visit with him often, sometimes he hangs out inside with us. when my dd (11 months) pets or plays with him, i sit right beside her to protect her AND him...just in case she starts hitting, grabbing, poking in places that dog might not appreciate...
take preventative measures to protect your child... and keep in mind that, when she gets older and grows compassionate towards fuzzy beings, you can all go out as a family and choose a pet whose temperment matches your new needs...