April 30th, 2008, 07:35 AM
Hi, Skipper bite my son (10years old) he got him in three different spots inside his mouth and bite marks around his nose. I am really torn my son does play rough with him even after I tell him not to do that. Skipper is approx 15 months now and he drew blood really bad. Skipper is on a 10 quartine and after that my grandmother wants me to get rid of him. Skipper she says always goes after my son face and we should be lucky that that damage was all it was and believe me I am not much damage to my son and I am glad it was my son and not someone else to top it off. I want to give Skipper another chance however I fear Skipper could/would do this again and it could be worse the next time. My son didn't provoke skipper they my grandma my son and skipper were lying on the bed watching tv and my son went to pet him.
If someone can help me I really don't want to make the wrong decission. Please don't be to hard on me I am trying to figure out what is best.
April 30th, 2008, 08:10 AM
Oh, Tina! I'm so sorry! You've given Skipper so many chances already...has he improved in the other areas you were working on, the barking at people, behaving in the elevator, etc? If you've seen improvement in other areas, maybe he can still be trained out of the snapping at your son. What breed is Skipper again? Also, how old is your son?
I wish you luck...it's been quite awhile though, and you've seen Skipper take one step forward and two steps back a lot of times...:shrug:
April 30th, 2008, 09:20 AM
First, I want to say how sorry I am for your son. And for Skipper too. This never should have happened.
Honestly, I think there was a strong chance that this could have been prevented :shrug: . I'm not being harsh, just honest, ok?
A child should never be left alone unsupervised with a dog with aggression issues. A child should never be allowed to play rough with a dog. Children should not have a choice but to listen to rules...otherwise, serious punishment ensues until they get the message loud and clear. This could have ended much more tragically for your son.
Personally, I don't believe a dog with such issues should be allowed up on furniture, especially when children are there as well. Skipper obviously doesn't know this is unacceptable behavior in your home, nor does he have respect for your son.
If my children were unable, or unwilling, to listen...and if I couldn't get a handle on our dogs...I would seriously look into re-homing them with an experienced family and one without children. Putting my children, other children, and my dogs at risk would not be an option.
I really feel awful that this has happened after you had the best intentions to include Skipper in your family and help him overcome his difficulties. Best of luck to you all.
April 30th, 2008, 10:06 AM
I am so sorry, I just went through this with my 3 (almost 4 yr old)son. My son, too, didn't do anything wrong (didn't pull on him, tease him, play rough none of that). Avy was a good dog, I don't believe it was Avy's fault. He just wasn't a dog to have around small children. He wasn't comfortable.
We gave Avy back to his previous owners. (who wanted him back if it didn't work out) Avy, I'm told, is much happier now, and more comfortable. So that makes us happy. We feel that it was best for Avalanche and the saftey of our son.
I agree, re-homing might be the best option if your family and skipper can't fix this problem.
April 30th, 2008, 11:12 AM
Thank you all.
First of all you were not harsh believe me. Everything that everyone has said is something I have thought about. My son was in the room with my grandmother all three were watching TV, my son never provoked the dog. I just feel that if Skipper has bitten once he can do it again?
April 30th, 2008, 11:44 AM
Im so sorry this has happened to you ..I dont have any advice sorry :sad:
I do live in KW though and the KW humane will not take cats that scratch, let alone dogs that have bitten ....they will put them down if you are honest with them, which I believe you must (lest they adopt him out to a family with kids).
Im only saying this because if you do make the decision to rehome him, unless you will do it privately, I'm afraid KW humane won't be much help (this is just FYI). "getting rid of him" after 10 days will be quite the task if he is to end up in a good home :sad: If the decision is to rehome him, you may have to discuss a more reasonable time limit with your gramma.
In any case I wish you best of luck with skipper :grouphug::fingerscr
April 30th, 2008, 12:26 PM
I have been working with Skipper since the end of last year. He is under quartine right now (sorry don't know how to spell the word right) Thank you for that information I had planned to take him there and would have been honest about him biting my son however I do believe Skipper can do wonderful in a home with out children, and really needs another chance its not his fault that he was abused and he shouldn't have to pay for it. I love him and really really want him to part of our lives however my son is afraid of him now and well my grandma she is old and set in her ways. I still haven't decided what to do as of yet but I do know is I will not be bringing him to the humane society.
April 30th, 2008, 08:51 PM
I have pretty much decided not to give up. I have talked to my son and he admitted he was afraid but not that afraid and I am in the room with my son and dog and I am correcting what he is doing wrong (my son) its nothing bad he is just a boy who wants to play with a dog, I explained again because of Skippers past we cannot play rough because he is scared and feels he has to protect himself. Skipper is going out side with the muzzle again, he's not happy with that at all he looks soooo sad. Inside the apartment here he knows he did something wrong and I am sure he senses something. If this behaviour stays and my son continues treating the dog nice then I believe we won't have any problems. Skipper will from now on go outside with the muzzle on at all times no if and or buts. Thanks again for the advice.
April 30th, 2008, 09:03 PM
If you dont mind me askin' what breed of dog is he? large? Small?
April 30th, 2008, 09:53 PM
If you dont mind me askin' what breed of dog is he? large? Small?
check the profile pic....SMALL BREED......:rolleyes:
May 1st, 2008, 07:30 AM
Skipper is a small breed a cocker spanial/pap mix.
May 1st, 2008, 08:06 AM
TiinaMcq, you and your son might want to go over some of the stuff on this website: http://www.Doggonesafe.com/ Beyond just "no rough play", there's lots of advice on helping kids behave around dogs to prevent dog-bites.