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Old 03-15-2017, 10:33 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I just had lunch with a friend who told me that her german shepherd dog who is 8 and half years old bit her 5 yr old child . Then she proceeds to tell me that she found a trainer who is telling her she can trust this dog around her 5 yr old now mind you the trainer has not yet seen the dog nor even looked at the dog but she will in a week . I think my friend is nuts for not re homing this dog to a family who has no kids . I see her calling me in a week and telling me that this gsd has bitten again and she will then re home him . I don't know if I could trust a dog that has bitten a 5 yr old . The other friend who I will call tracey said she would put that dog down in a flat minute if it bit her child . I cant understand how someone would trust a dog that has bitten a 5 yr old I think that is an accident waiting to happen . Me , myself I love dogs but if that dog bit a 5 yr old he would have to be re homed there are no second chances with dogs and kids in my house . What say the rest of you ? the reason she is saying that the dog bit was because the 5 yr old fell on him and he has arthritis really bad ...in case someone is wondering .
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Old 03-15-2017, 10:43 AM
 
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Bit, bit at, or nipped?

What was the mark left?


Our border collie is almost 11 and has bad arthritis, if you hit his hips he does a reactionary "bite" but has never left a mark. Is the dog on medication to lower his pain level?
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Old 03-15-2017, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Watervliet, NY
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I don't trust most 5 year olds around pets...

If this kid fell on the dog and the dog has a painful physical condition, is the dog expected to just "grin and bear it" like a human? We need to stop trying to expect pets to act like people.
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Old 03-15-2017, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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Dogs and tiny children are not a good combo, despite what you see in the movies.
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Old 03-15-2017, 12:41 PM
 
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I just had lunch with a friend who told me that her german shepherd dog who is 8 and half years old bit her 5 yr old child
The dog should be rehomed immediately.
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Old 03-15-2017, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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The dog should be rehomed immediately.
I say rehome the child.
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Old 03-15-2017, 01:10 PM
 
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I don't trust most 5 year olds around pets...

If this kid fell on the dog and the dog has a painful physical condition, is the dog expected to just "grin and bear it" like a human? We need to stop trying to expect pets to act like people.
Amen!


I'm giving the benefit of the doubt to the dog.


The kid needs a trainer, not the dog.
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Old 03-15-2017, 01:29 PM
 
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Bit or nipped? What were the circumstances? Did the child startle the dog out of sleep or catch the dog unawares? To me that is different from the dog biting the child unprovoked. The dog may have reacted blindly or if the dog has arthritis, and the child fell on her the dog may have snapped in reflex. Depending on the circumstances, if the child and the dog can be trained it may be able to be resolved.

If not, the dog should be rehomed. I would not euthanize the dog without at least trying to rehome it. However if a good home (which would include checking references, doing a home visit and asking a reasonable rehoming fee) can't be found IMO it is more humane to euthanize the dog than take it to a shelter where it will be euthanized anyway or to give it away to someone who will talk a good game but will end up dumping the dog or worse. Older GSDs get euthanized in shelters all the time and one who had an issue with a child won't stand a chance.
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Old 03-15-2017, 01:59 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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What was the child doing when the bite happened?

Was it really a bite, or was it a nip or a tooth knock. Dogs discipline "puppies" with a tooth knock with the outside edge of the tooth. It does no harm, but it startles and hurts a bit. I wouldn't criticize a dog for giving a tooth knock to a child with bad manners.

If the dog genuinely bit and drew blood that's different. If a German Shepherd really bites you, you are going to need stitches. If the dog drew blood and caused a doctor's visit for emergency stitches, then I think the dog should be put down. German Shepherds generally have really good bite inhibition and it is not a good sign when one rips holes in flesh.

If the dog gave a tooth knock, I think the child needs to be disciplined and taught how to behave around dogs.

If the parent is going to be nervous about it, maybe the dog should go to a home where it is better appreciated.
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Old 03-15-2017, 02:34 PM
 
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My husband's Border Collie nipped the youngest when he was about 3. He was running around and getting wild when he was herded with a nip.

Child screamed bloody murder. Barely a mark (tip of penis )

That was a very rare occurrence. More information is really needed.
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