Yesterday dd1 was attacked by MILs dog for the FOURTH time. She (the dog) was on MILs lap and dd1 was a bit hyper and ran up to MIL to hug her and got in the dogs space too quickly so the dog bit and scratched her quite badly on the face- under her eye and her cheek. MIL clearly felt dreadful especially after seeing dd1s face. Previously the dog has nipped her, once on the nose. She has also bitten me.
The dog was abused and MIL adopted her but she remains extremely skittish after a few years.
The in laws live in a villa and there is no real place to lock her away when we are there. We also stay overnight on the rare occasion so can't reasonably expect the dog to be shut in a room for all that time.
I'm increasingly concerned as dd2 will be mobile soon as well and it'll be difficult to keep an eye on everything and it just tajes a split second for the dog to freak out.
I'm just not sure what we should do, just keep ignoring the fact the dog may attack my kids again, maybe hurt an eye? It's MILs little companion and due to her nature has no chance of being rehomed. Should I expect MIL to do more? Just stop going over there?
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04-07-2016 07:46 #1
Wwyd- MILs dog attacking dd
04-07-2016 07:54 #2
Sorry to hear your DD was attacked, the poor thing If I was in the same situation I wouldn't go over any more. Can MIL come to your place without the dog? I think that would be the best option especially when you'll soon have another that's up and running.
04-07-2016 08:04 #3Senior Member
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I would not ignore. I don't think that the attacks will get better.
I do not think it is unreasonable for the dog (I am assuming it is small?) to be in a 'pet pen' or even outside.
Have they looked into further dog training?
04-07-2016 08:04 #4
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04-07-2016 08:06 #5
Facial injuries are very serious. Can you just stop visiting and have her come to you?
04-07-2016 08:30 #6
what kind of dog is it?
I have an abnormal anxiety of dog attacks so I'd BF taking this extremely seriously.
the bottom line is, a child's safety comes ahead of the welfare of a dog. the dog has to go or you just don't go to mil's house anymore.
what if your DD lost an eye?
04-07-2016 08:34 #7
I'd be doing 2 things... Teaching DD about how to behave safely around dogs (walk slowly, give them space etc.) as a precaution, and telling MIL that if the dog can't be kept away from he children (playpen etc.) then we won't be able to visit. It's a shame, and certainly noone's fault, but it's just not a risk worth taking.
04-07-2016 09:37 #8
That's awful. Your poor DD.
The only way I'd be visiting again is if your MIL agrees that the dog can be kept away from the children for the duration of the visit. This would be difficult regarding overnight visits, therefore I would avoid staying there overnight again.
No way would I compromise my children's safety by giving this dog another chance to prove that it's not to be trusted.
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04-07-2016 09:45 #9
I have a dog, a toddler and she has been mauled on the face by another dog. We are very fortunate that her wounds were not severe (one was very close to the eye) but she does have minor scarring. I will try and find the photos from when it happened.
It is NOT unreasonable for the dog to be put in a bedroom, laundry or garage when you visit. It can always be brought out once your Dd goes to sleep. If she is not willing to do this then I would stop visiting unfortunately.
04-07-2016 09:48 #10
I would stop visiting unless the dog could be secured in the yard or in a play pen in the house or something. It's perfectly reasonable given the history. And you can't risk anything more serious occurring!
Otherwise they'll have to come to your house. I'm sure they'd understand
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