Ok so my SO has a dog that he had for 6 years before he met me. We recently moved in together. I have 3 kids and he has none, well besides the one I am pregnant with. So this dog has never been around kids until now.
Well in the 2 months we have lived together the dog has been kind of aggressive. Like growling when the kids come near her. Very skiddish. One day I was taking a nap and my mom sent my youngest in to come wake me up...well I woke up to the dog barking and Serenity (my daughter) screaming. I jump out of bed and look her over and see that her hand is bleeding. The dog bit her! Well it ended up getting infected and she wasn't responding to the antibiotics so they admitted her into the hospital for IV antibiotics and then they decided to do surgery to clean out the infection. The dog was put in quarantine for 10 days and then released after the animal control deemed her safe.
We didn't know what Serenity had done to cause the dog to bite her...so we kept a close eye on them. Then yesterday the dog was laying on my moms feet and my mom moved her foot and the dog bit her. Then later that day Serenity fell right near the dog and she nipped her other hand...this time not breaking skin.
I have had enough! I was angry and pissed off and wanted to kill that dog when she bit my baby. My mom wasn't worried about it when the dog bit her because she thought maybe she had hurt her when she moved her foot. But there was noooo reason for her to bite Serenity just because she fell near her. I told Chris he needs to get rid of her. A part of me feels awful because Daisy is like his kid...but she obviously can't be around kids.
I feel like I gave the dog a chance...most parents would get rid of the dog immediately after the 1st incident.
Smurf no! I would have gotten rid of her the first time! I had a dog that went psychotic like that and I automatically quarantined the dog and called animal control to come get her before I took care of her myself!
Honestly, I love dogs but I also know that safety comes first. The dog was not socialized correctly and would need intense training to help the dog which I know with all those kids you won't have time to do. You can regime the dog to a single or older couple. He seems super stressed out now and it's probably because of the way the children were introduced to him. To much at once...the kids took over his space which made him super paranoid. Def look into rehiring the dog. It's no longer a perfect fit for your growing family.
Your are not overreacting. I love my animals like family but if one were to ever harm my children I would rehome the dog. The dog can still live a great life with someone who doesn't have children. Just explain to your SO how your feeling and he should understand...besides when there's a new baby around you don't want to have to worry about that dog biting the baby...good luck with everything
id ask him to get rid of the dog or you will be leaving. dogs can kill kids and i dont think he wants that blood on his hands if his dog hurts one of your kids again. no question he should have done something after the first incident.
id say your not over reacting. ive heard the chow breed isnt one to have around children.. course it was years back when i wanted a stray chow that came into the yard and my dad said to stay away cuz they could turn on you very quickly