By Sophia from Vista, CA
Agree that if he's already bitten he doesn't need to be around the kids until a "doggie intervention" is done. Taking food aggression on is difficult, even more so when there are kids in the house that the dog can ( and will, again) turn on.
Sit the hubby down and tell him that a behavioral expert has to get into your budget. There are ways of re-training dogs and yours may be better off going to a trainer that does an out-of-the-home thing. A good behavioralist will tell you straight-up if this dog can be cured of it or will remain an imminent danger.
If a pro cannot break the dog of this, you have some bigger issues at hand. I love my dog with a passion, but if she went after my grandchildren, though it would break my heart, tough decisions would have to be made. You really must be able to sit your husband down so he can sort out priorities before something awful happens here.
I cannot believe you are allowing that dog to be anywhere near your children. He's bitten the kids twice? Shame on you, honestly. You are required to protect your children. That is your job. It's your responsibility! You are obviously putting that dog ahead of your kids' safety and that is outrageous! Get that dog out of your house and if your husband gets upset, he can leave with his dog! Your kids must come first. Period. What are you waiting for a more serious, tragic attack? Well, it will happen, I promise you, and how will you feel then?
I have worked for a Veterinarian for over 27 years. In my experience, Chows have always had a reputation as biters. Your children should come first. Any dog that bites a child should not be around any children, especially left alone with the dog. I would try to re-home the dog. This chow need training.
Oh boy! The day that a dog who bites my family members is still a "good" dog just isn't going to happen! First, this can be dealt with, as i have seen on the "dog whisperer". I do suggest you see someone with his level of training, (training the people, and the animal), as the biting could be much more serious with time, and one throat bite could be deadly, but even a facial bite could leave a life long scar, at the least, or loss of an eye, etc. Please do not brush this off as just a good dog being protective with his food. He has to submit to human rules, and one rule is, "don't hurt the persons who love and take care of you". Loretta from Theodore, AL
I sympathize with his being a good dog (I have nothing against chows as a breed), and your husband's dog, but biting people is an escalation that is not ok. The dog has probably learned that biting leads to him being left alone, which is good for him and bad for you. Keep him separate from your children while you sort this out. You definitely need to consult your vet and a trainer, but you also want to think about your children's welfare above all. I won't own an animal I cannot trust.
I'd also like to say, you are writing here b/c you are concerned, worried, and take it as a sign from yourself that you need to deal with this issue before you are paying in doctor bills and vet bills.
I love dogs but children are to come first. If your husband doesn't see that there's a problem, then he might be the one that has to go (with his dog).
Also the post that you made might be read by someone that knows you, so don't be surprised when child services knocks at your door.
An aggressive dog, who has already bitten your two children, is not a safe companion for your family. Please have your vet talk to your husband and do not allow your children around the dog until then. (I used to work with pediatricians, and heard and saw the most horrible bites from "family pets".) Your children's lives are at stake. I sure hope your husband doesn't think his dog is more important that your kids. Good luck and God bless.
Ditto on training and ASAP! Goodness gracious that he has already bitten both of your children! I would also speak to a vet about this situation to see what they say about the safety of a dog that bites being around children! And I am sorry if I sound judgmental, and I understand your husband loves his dog, but he may need to find an appropriate home for his fur boy if training doesn't cure this problem because human child safety comes first. :-(
I spent time with my food aggressive pug feeding him out of my hand. That made a big difference.
This is a scary situation. I have read that chows can be aggressive and not good around children. You should not take a chance with this situation. Dogs cannot help who they are and letting an aggressive dog be around children is asking for trouble. If you cannot change the situation, you must get help with training this dog before a tragedy happens and the poor dog has hurt one of your children. Get a trainer.
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