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    Bringing a baby into the house is a big adjustment for dogs, their whole life has just been turned upside down.

    Did you spend time with them and help them get used to the baby?

    I feel really sad for your dogs that you might so easily give up on them, can't you at least try professional training? Dogs can be retrained.

    Personally I would try some training, you can not rehome a dog that has shown these signs of aggression and you have a responsibility to tell the person that this has happened.

    Please don't under any circumstance surrender the dogs, surrendered dogs that have shown aggression are nearly always put down and your dogs deserve more than that.

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    In case some of you havent read, our dogs are like our babies and I agree that I most certainly do not want to get rid of them. They got out of the yard when we reversed the car out of our driveway.
    I also agree there are no second chances with dogs.
    I feel some of you have had aa personal attack against me as the owner when if you knew me you'd know how much I love animals , especially my dogs.
    I just don't want to see anyone get hurt!!
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    I have 2 large dogs as well. They are beyond friendly but they are extremely intimidating. They are my babies as well so I know how u feel. I wouldn't consider getting rid of them unless absolutely 100% had to. Firstly I'd look into a dog trainer, we had a lady come to our house (she runs the puppy preschool but we couldn't get there due to conflicting times) she was amazing. That would be my first option.
    It's possible that they were protecting their property and their family from what they thought was a threat. My dogs are extremely protective of my DS, he's running around n they are keeping a close eye on him all the time.
    Pets are family, I wouldn't get rid of them until u exhaust options. A trainer maybe able to offer advice.

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    I have two dogs that act aggressively to other dogs. We got them before we had kids. I just manage it, we created a pen we could put them in while we were using the driveway with the big gates open. I also pen them when the kids are outside.

    I considered rehoming the more aggressive of the two just after my first was born. But I knew it would just end in death for him. Sadly it's the reality.

    Honestly it's still not an ideal situation for us. I'd love dogs that were part of my family but I'm just not confident having seen the aggression in them.

    Do you have an area you can confine them to when it suits you? Does your husband realise that there will not likely be a happy home for your dogs if you get rid of them?

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    Wow a lot of people commenting that are quite happy to get rid of a dog without trying anything else first. No wonder shelters are full of abandoned animals, I hope none of you have pets.

    OP it's been a big a change for them, are you making sure you are giving them plenty of attention? It's easy to get caught up in having a new baby. Have you let them sniff the baby and interact with it. Dogs are very territorial and I don't know a single dog that wouldn't protect their property from another dog walking past. Have they shown aggression towards you or the baby? I have two large dogs who are also my babies, nothing changed when I had my DS, life went on as usual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpicyTurtle View Post
    Wow a lot of people commenting that are quite happy to get rid of a dog without trying anything else first. No wonder shelters are full of abandoned animals, I hope none of you have pets.

    OP it's been a big a change for them, are you making sure you are giving them plenty of attention? It's easy to get caught up in having a new baby. Have you let them sniff the baby and interact with it. Dogs are very territorial and I don't know a single dog that wouldn't protect their property from another dog walking past. Have they shown aggression towards you or the baby? I have two large dogs who are also my babies, nothing changed when I had my DS, life went on as usual.
    Once a dog had attacked another animal or person I could just never trust it around my children. No amount of training would be able to regain that trust. I would never send my fur babies to a shelter or an unknown home, but I'm very lucky that I have family and friends without children who would happily take one or both of our dogs and give them a loving home. To me that would be a better option than locking the dogs in a pen all the time, or not having them get the attention and love they deserve as they couldn't be trusted to be part of the family. I'm not judging anyone who has had to resort to this, I understand that not everyone is as lucky as us to have another option. But I personally could just never take the risk of having a dog who'd shown that kind of agression around my kids

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    Op I'm sorry if you're feeling judged, I just think there are a number of things you can try before getting rid of the dogs.

    Some other ideas I've thought of this morning:
    - speak to your vet. If anxiety is part of the issue some anti anxiety meds for the dogs may help you get things back under control
    - muzzles might be an idea while you look into some training.

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    I have a large dog and a medium size dog.

    If either did what your dog/s have done, I'd be getting help from someone who deals with this.
    No different to if one of my kids were being aggressive.

    If either of my dogs harmed one of my kids, they'd no longer live here.
    The dog that it is. 😜

    My REAL kids and their safety is paramount to me.

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    A few months ago we made the agonising decision to put out 2 year old dog down. She had always been so gentle and placid until a few months prior when she started attacking our other older dog just all of a sudden. It happened a few times, she would draw blood to the other dog and it started becoming more frequent and she ripped our other dogs leg apart the last time, that was the final straw. We sought advise from the vet first who suggested training for her but besides not having the time for the training we were too uncomfortable in regards to her around the kids. Kids come first is the bottom line. It was awful having to put her down but we couldn't take the chance with her nor were we comfortable with giving her anyone else with her aggressive nature.

    Our other 2 older dogs have been around long before our kids were and are great with the kids. It is important to not exclude the dogs though when kids come along, the dogs get as much attention as they used too post kids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScubaGal View Post
    Hang on, sorry but why weren't they on a lead/behind a gate? If you are getting the dogs in and out of the car they should be on a lead if they are bolting like that.

    The first rule of dog ownership is prevent situations where their behaviour is bad, so I'd first be thinking about how the dogs were free to get to someone just walking past.

    Second I'd be looking at how often you socialise them on or off leash with other people/dogs. A good step would be to contact your local dog obedience club and ask for help, attend some lessons.

    I wouldn't be immediately getting rid of them, since in my opinion they're family members, but I'd be looking at whether you are taking appropriate precautions and putting effort into training them.
    Totally agree!

    If you can afford it, try to find a private trainer who can come to you. They can help, and often include their own animals in socialisation training.

    If in the end you can't keep them, definitely look into a re-homing service and not the pound / shelter. There are a fair number around and I can recommend a few if you happen to be in a Victoria.

    Good luck!


 

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