I wouldn't put up with an aggressive dog around kids. I would try to rehome if possible but will depend on the issues at stake. I have had aggressive dogs and i put them down because of the issues with children. It was the hardest decision of my life but i had a short time frame to deal with the problem and felt that the dogs could not be separated without stress. With my latest dog I made an effort to socialise him extensively as a pup. He's a one year old border collie and I think I am worried about him most being too rough around the baby but I don't intend to ever leave the dog alone with a baby or toddler anyway so I will be constantly training and monitoring the behaviour.
What an awful situation. It really sounds like you've tried all other options too, it's so sad that nothing has worked. If your DP is not accepting of getting rid if the dog, maybe put it this way - if your dog does bite DS, the dog will be taken from you and forcibly put down by the council. Then you have a potentially seriously injured and physically and mentally scarred DS, and your dog has been put down.
I also think giving rehoming a try might be a good option. Even if your dog is anxious, at least give him the chance... If it doesn't work, then at least you know you've done absolutely everything you can.
Best of luck hun x *hugs
Oh no! That is scary and not ok. If it were me I'd definitely be looking at rehoming him. Plenty of ppl without kids want dogs too, I think you'd be able to find him a good home
sam4frankie - The dog has already bitten the child.
Your dog's anxiety probably stems from him believing he is leader of your pack, a responsibility most dogs are not comfortable with. Do you still walk your dog? If so is he in front of you? Your dog needs to walk beside or slightly behind as the pack leader must always lead.
I would also walk the dog with your child in a pram, making sure the pram is always in front.
Sounds to me like the dog just needs a pack leader not a lethal injection. Maybe try rehoming him with experienced dog people. Also watch Dog Whisperer.
We did try a dog whisperer and they were useless for the money we payed. Also took him to dog training and they gave up on us..
Summa I think you need to tell dp to look for another home at least. This dog sounds like he isn't safe to be around.
Going to call our local animal refuge once DS is down for a nap and I can use the phone in peace. Hubby went back to work this morning so as far as I'm concerned I need to make this decision and he will just have to go along with it.
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