My dog bit a friends child today...PLEASE help I am desperate?
My best friend was over at my house today and our son's were playing in my child’s room, (our dog was in there first and they followed her in). After about 5 minutes of them being in there we heard a growl and then a second later a snapping sound and then her son screamed. Mine was still playing when we ran in the room and only then did he cry because we scared him by accident. He was obviously not alarmed by what happened just the aftermath. But her son had been bitten on the eye area- one tiny puncture wound from looks like a single tooth and just redness around the rest of his eye. We immediately cleaned the wound and calmed him down. I put my dog in our bedroom locked in our large closet for the time being. She doesn’t want to press charges or anything or even call animal control for any reason, but what I am struggling with is should WE get rid of the dog? I know that he was more than likely (almost completely positive about this, even though I did not see it happening) doing something mean to her that provoked her- but it could happen again right? Or could it have just been an isolated incident? Here’s some background on the situation:
Because dogs dont see things or interpret situations the same way that people do! Children should not be left on their own with family dog present......EVER....NEVER-EVER!!!!!Too much can heppen....anything fromthe kid handles the dog in a way it is not familiar with and the dog lashes out. The dog sees this as giving a warning to a rude human puppy but humans see this as an unwarranted attack.Another scenario:One or more children are presentthat is not part of the family pack and they begin to roughouse and the devoted family dog feels compelled to protect the youngest member of the pack. The family dog misinterprets the situation and thinks he is defending the family pack member from an interloper....think pillow fight between kids.....how might the family dog see this,?There is always a chance that the family dog will be handled by the kids that pushes his comfort zones and he coorects them by a sudden nip.....in dog speak, that is how the dog would correct a boisterous pushy puppy, but it lays the kid's face open the kid's face maybe costs him or her the sight in one eye. It is a case of lost in translation.....we do not see things the same ways dogs do.
Can you not place the dumb dog in a pet taxi when you get company.Also, breaking news, dogs have been known to kill babies and kids.
First of all, relax. I know this is a hard time but there is no need to get rid of your dog.
Second, this was your fault. I love animals with a passion and trust my dogs immensely but you never ever EVER leave a dog alone with a child. That is an absolute no. I don't care how kind the dog is, how calm, how caring, I don't care. Kids may know not to do certain things but that other kid won't. One pulled tail, ear, or foot and your kid loses his hand. I don't blame the dog. I would bite too if someone pulled my tail. You need to read up on responsible pet ownership and get that dog into obedience classes more for you than your dog. You can't leave kids alone with animals. Especially that young. Children are still learning about cause and effect. They don't have the capacity to think that if I hurt this thing, it will not like it and likely strike out at me. Upside is now the kid will probably not pull or prod anymore animals in his lifetime.
We have a tendency to get complacent and make stupid mistakes, don't beat yourself up any more than the people on here have beaten you. Learn from it and never leave young children u nsuperviced with a dog. Just put the dog away when children come out. Simple,
hire a nanny.....this way you wont have to parent your toddler or other children as they interact with the family dog,with an adult supervising you can rest assured the children s behavior does not provoke the dog to respond aggressively ....other options include placing the dog in a crate or cage away from commotion until all visitors are gone or finding your dog a nice great good home (without kids) where it can live in peace and tranquility ....it is your choice,
If you're going to be horrible pet owners that leave little kids alone with your dog then ABSOLUTELY give this dog up to a no-kill shelter.But TELL THEM what happened so this dog doesn't end up in another house with little kids.How the hell can we know whether or not this dog will do this again???
Why the hell weren't you watching the children? No way this dog just bit him unprovoked.The child was probably pulling its tail, ears, hit it, leaned on it, climbed on it, etc.Shame on you for being such a horrible mom and pet owner!
edit: you said "My friend's son is 22 months old and has always been mildly aggressive towards our dog by pulling on her toes and stabbing her in the eyes and trying to ride her, not to mention throwing stuff at her and so on."So why the F*** why did you leave this kid with your dog unsupervised????
The quesrion is..WHY did the dog snap?Was the child tormenting the dog?Pulling hair, ears, tail? Poking his eye?Stepping on him? Smothering the dog with affection?
The dog isnt at fault. The adults who left YOUNG children unsupervised with a dog are at fault. Her son has been known to be rough with your dog, and yet you still allowed dogs and kids to be together unsupervised.
When children get bit I always wonder what the child did to the dog to trigger a bite.
I would keep the dog & have no second thoughts about it.The child that was bit may not know how to treat animals & got too rough with the dog.I always blame the child.Cause this is not the dogs normal behavior.
You left a dog alone with two children under the age of two, one of which has a record of behaving extremely inappropriately towards the dog????? That's super negligent behavior. A dog should NEVER EVER be left alone with a young child, regardless of breed or size or prior behavior. ALL dogs have a bite threshold, a point at which enough is enough and they will bite to defend themselves. If you cannot commit to appropriate supervision of interactions between your pet and small children in future, the dog should be found a new home that's more responsible.
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