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Old 01-29-2012, 12:50 PM   #1
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Default Howdy from Texas. Request opinions/comments on problem.

Judy and I are aminal people. We have always had dogs, raised and shown Piegons, Goats, and Dogs. One Husky achieved Champ back in late 60's. (AM 74 in March ).

We became of aware of a situation that we would like your opinions/comments on.

Family with 4 rug rats - 7 yr down to 18 months. Have had 2 of our pups for 16 months. No problems but puppy ones digging, etc . Recently a neighbor child, about 6 came into the house, none of the kids from the house was with her nor anyone in the house. One of the dogs bit her in two places. One bite had 5? stiches. Never bit any other vistors and with family members around never even barked at stranges or at least us and we dont go over but a couple times a year. Am disabled VA 60%.

We have had a standing request for them to be returned to us if they did not work out, reinforced a few weeks before they put them down.

Their Vet and some local trainer recommed they be put to sleep - not turned into the pound nor returned to us. One statement that they were told was that "they could be held liabel by any future owners." And they are not puppies any more and they would now bite people.

Please give us your opinions/comments. Are we so out of date? Thanks in advance.

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DeOldGoat, welcome to the forum. Very sorry you joined under these circumstances. There are professional dog trainers on this forum, so I am sure you will get some good replies. Have these dogs ever shown any sign of aggression before? If not, the child should never have entered the home unsupervised, and maybe the dog bit her to defend the home?

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Hi DeOleGoat And I say the same as DeeLind No child should ever be left alone with a dog how ever safe they might be How ever I don't agree with them being pts not at this early stage. Start your own new thread under General dog discussions to get more replys
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I would blame it on an unsupervised child, never the dog. Not a good environment for any puppy, that many children.
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Welcome, I'm glad that you have joined us. I'm going to agree that you are in the right here and if that family feels that they no longer want that pup, he should be returned to you. There was a complete abdication of parental responsibility in allowing any child to be with a dog unsupervised and moreso when the child is not their own. I am also very suspect of any version of a tale where there were no other people around to confirm how this bite occurred. Dogs will bite to protect themselves, when overly provoked or taunted, and... little cherubs can lie. A similar situation occurred within my family where a child was bitten; though the child clung tight to his story that he did nothing to provoke the dog, it turned out that was not the case ("better to let the dog get punished than to get caught in a lie"). Very often in a case of supervision, the dog is as much in need of protection from the child as the child is from the dog. As there is no way of knowing exactly what transpired, I would be looking to reclaim this pup from the family and hope that this incident spoke to them loudly and clearly about both responsible parenting and responsible pet ownership.
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