Ok – I must say i love my dogs and i have always judged other how get rid of there pets once they have kids.

I have 2 beautiful, naughty dogs. At the moment i have to lock them up so my son can go in the backyard. They would never bite him, they would just push him over and they never leave him alone. I have tried to train them and yes i know it is my fault. Please dont judge me, it is a really hard thing to do. Has anyone gone through a similar thing?

Posted anonymously, 8th January 2014

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  • I have a friend who did give her dog away when he scratched the toddler’s face. It really depends on the breed of the dogs and how confident you feel that your child will be safe.

  • Don’t get rid of your dogs.
    There must be a way for your child and your dogs to be able to spend time together.
    You’re child is going to grow, very quickly! It won’t be long before the dogs will be unable to just knock your child over. They are also probably very excited to have a new play mate.
    Try & slowly get your dogs to spend time with your child under your very watchful eye.

  • Noooooo, don’t get rid of your beautiful dogs! If you’re 100% sure they won’t hurt your child, why would you even consider this. Time and patience and everyone will learn to co exist. Get into your training woman, you can have both if you work for it

  • I wonder what ended up happening for your dogs and kids

  • Before ‘getting rid’ of them why not try an Obedience School? Dogs are very easy to retrain and are quite quick learners, WHEN given the right instruction. Give it a go – better than parting with your pooches.

  • do give up and don’t get rid of them, teach your son how to be boss with them, it takes time but it will be so unbelievably worth it when it all comes together

  • It’s not easy because you don’t want to hurt anyone, and any pets that have been part of the family are not just pets, they are family. I would recommend not to keep the dogs away from your son. Get them use to being around each other, they will learn that he is someone they will love and protect. Don’t give up.

  • Keep trying really hard to change your dogs ways. In the end it is your children that take first priority, but maybe the two can work together eventually.

  • http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/articles/kidsdogsrespecting.htm
    I have followed the advice from this link, and my dog is so well behaved with my boys. It may take a while for your dogs to get it, if you’re willing to put in the time. But, absolutely no judgement here, as when my boys were alot younger we had a dog we had to re-home. Thankfully I knew the lady who took him so I was happy for him to go. All I can say is please don’t take them to a shelter, as we all know what happens if they don’t find a new home, put an ad in your local messenger or similar to find someone who lives nearby who may be able to give them a good home :)

  • What did you decide to do.?

  • Try to retrain them if possible, or it might be time to find them new owners. Just remember your son will be big enough to handle them soon and will probably love having them around. Goodluck.

  • I think if absolutely necessary, give it to someone close to you so you can still see the dogs all the time!

  • My mum had this problem. She ended up giving the dog to a friend who needed a companion. It worked out beautifully for both of them.

  • If you have time you need to retrain your dogs, or give them to a friend or someone you know will look after them. They could hurt your little one unintentionally

  • try a doggy training school, If your dogs are too rough or can’t be trusted, you don’t have a choice but to give them away to a good home. Its too late when a child is bitten. There are many wonderful breeds of dogs that are great with kids, See the puppy’s parents first and if they are gentle then the pup should be too.

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