What should you do if your dog bites your baby?

We are having to stay at my parents' house until March. They have a toy poodle who HATES my 15 month old daughter. Last night, the dog nipped at my daughter's foot (as he has in the past) while my daughter and the dog both sat on my dad's lap. I told my dad about it. He didn't do anything. Then, the dog growled and bit her foot and held on to it! My father STILL would not discipline the dog, saying that he had a right to defend himself because my daughter kicked the dog in the head (she didn't, I was watching). This is not the first time something like this has happened. I have seen this dog viciously attack one of the cats and also another dog. He could easily bite her, damage an eye, or tear through her lip one of these days! My parents are broken hearted and pissed that I would accuse their dog of doing this. How do I make them understand? What is wrong with them? What is the right way to train a dog not to bite my baby?

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laadeedah

Asked by laadeedah at 12:25 AM on Jan. 2, 2009 in Pets

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  • Beinmg that you are in the delicate situation of staying with your parents and it is there dog, I think that the only thing you can really do in light of how they are handling it is to say "ok - it's your dog, do what you want, but I don't want the baby within touching distance". That way, they can't use the excuse that the dog was defending itself. The only compromise is to keep them away from each other. If it makes it difficult for your parents to spend quality time with their grandchild, it's their choice. The only thing you have done is removed your daughter from the threat.
    Unless your parents are willing to see the situation as it is, you can't train the dog because it will be getting conflicting signals all the time.
    ElderGothMom

    Answer by ElderGothMom at 1:09 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

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  • And how the HELL could they think I'm lying to them about this?!
    laadeedah

    Answer by laadeedah at 12:26 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

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  • I would kill that dog take it out back and shoot it that is not right. In my town a woman left her baby in a room with a puppy and the puppy ATE the baby.
    mommomof1

    Answer by mommomof1 at 12:37 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

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  • They are putting a dog's feelings over the safety of their own grandchild? That's messed up. She is a baby. It's not like she is a 5 year old who is intentionally attacking the dog. Because you are staying at their house, I'm not sure that there is much you can do. You can ask them to keep the dog crated. Just keep close watch all the time and don't let your dad hold the baby when he has the dog in his lap. Good luck with this.
    Rebecca7708

    Answer by Rebecca7708 at 12:38 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

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  • OMG mommomof1 Where did that happen? That's horrible!
    Rebecca7708

    Answer by Rebecca7708 at 12:39 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

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  • Um, the dog's not a monster and neither am I. The dog will not get killed or abused over this. Those are not options.
    laadeedah

    Answer by laadeedah at 12:40 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

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  • I don't think crating is abuse. You don't have to keep it crated all of the time, just when your child is playing and an adult might not be within arms reach. If you don't like crating try asking them to keep the dog closed in another room.
    Rebecca7708

    Answer by Rebecca7708 at 12:46 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

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  • Protect your child first and foremost. The fact that a vicious dog got close enough to bite her foot is horrifying. Do not put your child in this situation. Request that the dog be put in a seperate room. If the dog bites again, you have to report it too the ASPCA. Your child could be injured for life.
    beforeyoureyes

    Answer by beforeyoureyes at 12:49 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

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  • In tulsa, Ok the mom was like 18 and on drugs. And her mother was even there. I don't know how they didn't hear it. The father wasn't at home at the time.
    mommomof1

    Answer by mommomof1 at 12:54 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

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  • Buh bye doggy! Humane society... is what I would do.
    If the dog does not leave than I would pack up and leave. Figure out something! This is serious.
    girlneffy

    Answer by girlneffy at 12:56 AM on Jan. 2, 2009

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