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Dog snapped at grandchild I’m so upset

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by BRP, Sep 12, 2021.


  1. BRP

    BRP PetForums Newbie

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    Hi. I’m so upset my as my 15 month dig had snapped at my grandchild as he was priding & trying to lie across the dog. I had stopped my grandchild doing this on other occasions during the afternoon. I’m so upset as my dog is well socialised with people children and other dogs. He’s very friendly and placid … what can I do?
     
  2. O2.0

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    Hi, I'm sorry I don't understand all of your post, but it sounds like your dog was trying to sleep and the child was laying on top of the dog?

    Honestly it's a pretty expected response from the dog. Especially if this is a repeat occurrence.
    Most dogs will show discomfort in subtle ways at first, looking away, licking their lips or a tongue flick, removing themselves, or freezing at the child's approach. If those warnings are ignored the next step is a snap.

    It's important to note, an air snap with no contact is not a "missed" bite. It's a warning. An attempt NOT to have to resort to a bite. You should be grateful to the dog for warning without damage.

    I'd be firmer with the grandchild and if the grandchild still won't listen, separate them. Baby gates, safe spaces for the dog. The dog is not in the wrong here.
     
  3. BRP

    BRP PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you so much
     
  4. Bizzi Kizzi

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    Your dog should not be expected to put up with that sort of behaviour. He is just trying to defend himself. Does he have a safe space where he can go to get peace and quiet?
     
  5. Happy Paws2

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    I agree with O2.0, from what you have said, it was not your dogs fault he was warning your grandchild to leave him alone, your grandchild really needs to learn to respect your dogs space not climb all over him. as above maybe a baby gate to keep your grandchild away from him, until his old enough not to treat your dog as something that he can lie on.
     
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    I appreciate how difficult it is with dogs and young children, Perhaps you could put up child or dog gates to keep them separated, Your dog is not being unreasonable, a lot of dogs would not tolerate a young child trying to lie on them. A snap is a warning and shows how upset he was.
     
  7. Gemmaa

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    To be fair, that is a lot to put up with...if someone was prodding me, and trying to lay on me, I would use force to remove them.
     
  8. Happy Paws2

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    Me too!!
     
  9. Leanne77

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    I'd be upset too - with the grandchild.

    Please respect your dogs space and dont allow your grandchild to lie on him, otherwise it could be much worse next time.
     
  10. Rafa

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    How old is your Grandson?
     
  11. SusieRainbow

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    OP said 15 months.
     
  12. O2.0

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    I think it's the dog who's 15 months. But yes, it's a little confusing...
     
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  13. SusieRainbow

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    Ahh,yes,you're right.
     
  14. Happy Paws2

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    As I couldn't sleep last night I was thinking about this.....

    Your dog is still a puppy and having to deal with a baby must be hard of him, in a way you where lucky it was only a snap it could have been so much worse and you would have blamed the dog but really it would have been your fault for let your grandchild play with your dog, it was the way for him to say to I've had enough was to snap.

    So many dogs are PTS because people let Toddlers get to close to them, they must be fed up with been poked, prodding, pulled ant sat on, no wonder they bite.

    Responsibly is down to the owner to keep both safe.
     
    #14 Happy Paws2, Sep 13, 2021
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