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What should I do if my dog acts aggressively toward my baby?

OK, My 1 year-old dog has been fantastic with my baby for her entire infancy, she is now 9.5 months old and crawling swiftly. It seems that instantly my dog has decided to start treating her like another, smaller, younger dog that needs to be aggressively put below him in the pack order. He's growling around his food, and just got aggressive towards her over a toy. My dog has had a random aggressive bone, we love him, but fear an accident with our daughter. Has anyone ever gone though this???!!! My gut, as a mother, instantly wants to get the dog out of my house, but I do love him and want to give him the benefit of the doubt. Or is the benefit of the doubt to much of a risk?!! PLEASE tell me how you dealt with this! NEED HELP ASAP!


Asked by Tirzah6 at 9:12 PM on Sep. 21, 2008 in Pets

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  • My dog started doing this when mine started crawling. I would ball him out, and put him in his place. ( the dog) lol... I watched like a hawk for a while, then the dog got used to it, and everything was o.kay. My kids are now 2, 3, and 4, and they feed/water him. Its a way to tell the dog whose boss.

    Answer by barrettboys at 4:54 PM on Sep. 22, 2008

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  • http://www.cesarmillaninc.com/tips/issues_understand_aggression.php

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:30 PM on Sep. 22, 2008

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  • Personally, I think it's way too risky. If the dog has behaved aggresssively with you present what will he do the moment you back is turned? Has this dog been fixed? If not he is entering his teenage yrs and hormones are raging.
    Could you live with yourself, knowing what you already have seen, if this anilmal maims or kills your child? To me that is the question you must answer and live with what you choose.

    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 9:15 PM on Sep. 21, 2008

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  • It's not worth it, put the dog outside. Once your toddler starts crawling/walking they are usually seen by dogs as a threat. Especially a smaller dog. I wouldn't just ditch the dog, but get a trainer to work with and never leave the baby alone with the dog.

    Answer by Slinkee at 9:19 PM on Sep. 21, 2008

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  • I understand completely what you are going through. On Friday I had to give our doggie to a new owner. We felt it was too much of a risk for our daughter.  It wasn't fair to keep our dog locked up all day so we found her a new home with an elderly lady. My daughter is 11 months old and our dog was a little over a year old. I tried working with her but she wouldn't back down.

    Good luck!


    Answer by tinkerbell76 at 9:50 PM on Sep. 21, 2008

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  • Put the dog outside. then if you want to and only if you are comfortable with it you can take the baby out near the dog. not within reach of the dog. but just let the dog see it. the dog has determined that the home is his and views the baby as a threat and the dog IS establishing dominance. A trainer would be able to tell you how to correct that. or there is a lot of things online about it. Just do some research. Im sure you could fix the problem. If you decide to keep the dog put it outside. If you cant put it outside then it needs to be in another room with the door shut away from the baby.

    Answer by chevygirl2007l at 10:32 PM on Sep. 21, 2008

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  • I have a dog and am thinking of having another child. If my dog showed any aggression at all towards anyone in the family he would be gone. Too risky! Dog bites can be very serious and even fatal.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:09 AM on Sep. 22, 2008

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  • OH, you all are great, this is so hard.....we're on the phone with trainers now, dog is outside - but it snows heavily where I am so not for long....

    Answer by Tirzah6 at 11:33 AM on Sep. 22, 2008

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  • also try watching " it's me or the dog" has training tips. it's on animal planet. the dog just needs to be trained but watch him closely.

    Answer by melody77 at 7:24 PM on Sep. 22, 2008

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  • I love my dogs - they are my first kids. But if either of them shows any aggression to my son they are gone. I had a trainer come in before he was born to instill some discipline in them.

    Tough love time. If your dog is already showing aggression, you need to get him away from your daughter NOW. Keep him leashed at all times (yes, inside) until you can find him another good home. Watching TV shows won't solve your problem. You need a professional to show you how to do it properly. It takes time and more energy than you think.

    Answer by crazydogchick at 10:52 PM on Sep. 22, 2008

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