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    I'd suggest a few things:

    - dog gets put in pet pen for short visits
    - MIL gets a dog trainer to give her instruction on working on the dog's anxiety & territoriality
    - Teach DD how to interact with dogs. I know this is hard when they're very young, but constant reminders and instruction does help.
    - I wouldn't stay there overnight anymore. If it's a long distance from home can you get a motel/airbnb for the night?
    - If MIL can't keep the dog away from the kids, then arrange to meet out of her house, eg. A park, cafe or at your house.

    I wouldn't ever let my kids be in direct contact with that dog again. Your poor DD, hope her injuries heal quickly

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    Thanks all, I appreciate the input. I wasn't sure if I was being OTT in being really upset about it and wanting something to change as dh and the in laws were quite dismissive of it, just of the opinion it's an accident- which it was but it's not a once off and it's avoidable.

    We have a dog and dd1 is very good and gentle with her, but my dog does not react like that if she's been surprised, she just runs away.

    It's a little papillon breed.
    @Ngaiz how scary for you and your dd. I hope the scars aren't too bad. Dd1 won't get any scars but when we went to work today everyone asked what happened to her face
    Not the best lighting but you can see the marks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Miss Sunshine View Post
    Thanks all, I appreciate the input. I wasn't sure if I was being OTT in being really upset about it and wanting something to change as dh and the in laws were quite dismissive of it, just of the opinion it's an accident- which it was but it's not a once off and it's avoidable.
    Not OTT. Its a dog. Dogs can be unpredictable. Especially a dog that has shown that it reacts aggressively.

    Hope your DD is ok. Is she scared? Or ok?

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    I absolutely would not allow that dog to be around the children. If MIL wants the grandchildren to visit, it is not unreasonable to expect that the dog is confined to another room. As another pp said, if you are staying overnight it can come out when the children are asleep but otherwise it is simply not safe.

    I hope your DD is ok emotionally after it (given that physically she will be in time)

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    Oh gosh LMS, that is scarily close to her eye!! Do you think your DH & IL's would continue being so dismissive if your DD had been blinded by the dog attack??! They're being far too blasé IMO, you're not being OTT at all.

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    It was more bruising than anything but very scary at the time. Just under her eye is a bite mark, to the right was a puncture and the one on the jawline was a flesh wound about an inch long. I used Stratamark to minimise the scarring and as she grows it slowly fades. The big one is only about 1cm long now.

    At the end of the day they are animals and as much as we trust our pets their natural instincts are still there. This was completely unprovoked and by one of the best behaved (and trained) dogs we've ever met. If a trained dog can do this I would be keeping an untrained dog that has a history of agression far away from little ones.
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    I would ask your MIL to look into crate training for the dog. Then the dog can go in the crate while you are there. I would possibly even offer to buy a crate for her if you can afford it. Its like a 'den', where the dog can feel safe and secure if it is timid. They can see yoi & be with the family, but your dd would be safe. I just wouldnt risk it happening again and getting worse.

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    Not over reacting at all. I wouldn't be staying over night anymore and would be saying that either the dog goes outside or is locked in the laundry/bathroom while you do visit, or I wouldn't be visiting.

    If it has bitten her 4 times, it's only going to get worse and it obviously cannot be trusted around young children. So the only solution is to separate them, and if MIL won't, then she needs to come to you or meet elsewhere.

    We had this recently with my IL's. The dog didn't bite, but was excited and jumped up on my DD and scratched her. So she is now terrified of it. So until she can move past it, the dog is outside when we visit. A child's safety is far more important than a dog feeling excluded!

    Ngaiz - that looks so painful. Glad it wasn't more severe.

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    wow @Ngaiz that is nasty - she is so so lucky that the bite didn't get her eye. Is she ok around dogs now? Incredibly scary experience for all I would imagine

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    @pointless1 she is still fine around dogs but we are overly cautious. The first thing we did the following day was get her playing with our dog (bull mastiff).


 

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