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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!

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Tirzah6

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

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  • I am a retired dog trainer....I suggest that when your dog starts this , do a correction on him. He needs to know he cant do this and it wont be tolerated. You can also use a squirt bottle with water in it. and every time his starts give him a squirt and tell him no in a firm sound. He should get it. I hope this helps.
    MsSoto1215

    Answer by MsSoto1215 at 2:24 PM on Nov. 24, 2008

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  • Our dog nipped the baby once when he was young and new to the family... we addressed it. Got aggressive in the training of the dog, kept vigilant with him (the dog) and kept with him at all times. I actually kept him with us all the time, and showed him that the baby was above him in pack order. He went with us on walks. I do like the idea of leashing him inside, poor bloke, but it may help.

    Good luck love.
    BeccaLouWho

    Answer by BeccaLouWho at 11:40 AM on Oct. 31, 2008

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  • I am a retired dog trainer of 13 yrs...putting this dog out will only make him much more aggressive towards the baby. The dog sees the little one as weak. You need to do some obedience with him. You can try putting a training collar on him (choke chain) with a lead. When he starts acting aggressive, slightly tug on the lead and tell him in a firm voice NO. Do this every time the child is in the room with the dog. He needs to know his boundries. I hope this helps.
    MsSoto1215

    Answer by MsSoto1215 at 3:20 PM on Oct. 1, 2008

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  • everyone says get the dog away get the dog away but all you need to do is train the dog and show him/her that you are the alpha. this is a classic case for the show dog whisperer and with his technics it is always cured try googling him to learn more about it there are tons of videos on youtube.
    i know this from experience with my pitbull she used to be people agressive but that was just beacuse nobody ever properly trained her now she is a perfect member of society...all others would have put her to sleep
    Steffanny

    Answer by Steffanny at 7:49 PM on Sep. 30, 2008

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  • YOU need to be the leader, not your dog. i hate to quote cesar milan rofl but you need to be the pack leader and obviously its the dog....
    you needt o be more odminant, calm, aggressive without yelling..if you cant dominate your dog then give it away because he will take over the house and put your child in her/his place
    moki1984

    Answer by moki1984 at 6:11 PM on Sep. 23, 2008

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  • You just need to remind your dog who is in charge in your house, get a trainer to help you do this. If you are able to put him in a room in the house, or in a crate, if you can't watch him all the time. I was scared of this happening and is why my husband and I didn't get our dog till after we had one kid and I was pregnant with the second.
    MarshaB702

    Answer by MarshaB702 at 2:23 PM on Sep. 23, 2008

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  • Don't take a chance, I know you love your dog but if he is acting aggressively towards the baby the dog needs to go. I have gone through the same thing, for your daughter's safety find a new home for your dog.
    sammiesmom2000

    Answer by sammiesmom2000 at 9:24 AM on Sep. 23, 2008

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  • I am not a dog lover and frankly don't trust most dogs much at all. Much better luck with cats for me. If there is a chance for any aggression toward the child, your dog needs intensive training or to be given to some other caring home. I have an older brother whose face was literally 'torn off" by our pet weiner dog. I was just a baby and the dog attacked my 3yo brother for playing with his food. My brother required a fair amount of plastic surgery at the time (it was 1968) and has multiple scars all over his face to this day. I hear way too many stories of dog attacks, bites, many of which are fatal. If the dog does not work out.....get a kinder, gentler pet. My cats are wonderful with my 11 month old, extremely boisterous son!!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:05 AM on Sep. 23, 2008

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  • I think putting him outside and getting a trainer would help alot. My dogs are both wonderful with my kids and I am very thankful. I owe alot to my lab because he saved my sons life at 5 months old when he threw up in his sleep and was choking and I did not know it. He came and woke me up and kept whining at his door until I checked on him. Needless to say he had pneumonia and was hospitalized but I believe without him he would not be here today.
    proudmom2x

    Answer by proudmom2x at 11:57 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.
    crazydogchick

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

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