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Thread: 4month Old English Mastiff Bites My 3yr Old Son, Seemed for No Reason

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    yeah its worrying about his age,i have spoken to 8 different trainers today and they all believe it was not out of aggression,there was a few main reasons they said, one was because he thinks of little kids as pups as well and was either trying to play with him or try to control him, another was that he was scared of my son, we have noticed he is scared of little children and may of felt treatened.
    we are going to see a trainer and get him assessed, to see if he is going to be aggressive. i will not own an aggressive dog, one in which could hurt my kids or anyone Else's. so once we know where we stand we will make our choice.
    this is not something that will be taken lightly, thank you everyone for all your feed back, its been really helpful. hopefully this will all work out which ever way it goes.
    if we cant keep him, I'd like to be able to find Doug a home that understands this and wants him. but i hope it wont come to that,because he is a good dog other than this.

    but if anyone does have anymore info on English mastiffs or any other mastiff that has had the same issue please let me know as i want to find out as much as i can.

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    My boy Griffen (french mastiff) is scared of kids. He wasn't socalised with them as a pup (this could be the case with Doug), but he's never shown aggression towards the ones he's met. He ran and hid in the toilet the first time he met my niece.
    So I'm sorry I cant really help.

    Good luck.

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    Thank you. yeh he runs away from them, worried so maybe he did feel threatened.

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    Who feeds your pup? You? Give your son the bowl for now -under constant supervision. If you choose after assessment to keep the dog, have your son feed him ALL his meals.

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    I was going to ask that, what sort of family did he come from?

    I got my dog at 4 months old, and will never, ever do it again - 8 week old puppies for me or nothing!

    I believe her dog aggression is because of lack of socialisation during her critical period, and after talking to a few trainers, they also believe the same thing.

    good luck with it all

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    Quote Originally Posted by r.e.a.n.a View Post
    Thank you. yeh he runs away from them, worried so maybe he did feel threatened.
    I have zero tolerance for human aggression. Kids safety should always come
    first. If the trainers deem the dog unstable/unsafe then I would certainly
    not be rehoming the dog.

    I would recommend you do not allow a child to feed the dog or be left unsupervised around dog until he has been seen by the trainer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BULLYT View Post
    I have zero tolerance for human aggression. Kids safety should always come
    first. If the trainers deem the dog unstable/unsafe then I would certainly
    not be rehoming the dog.

    I would recommend you do not allow a child to feed the dog or be left unsupervised around dog until he has been seen by the trainer.
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    my son does not feed Doug, and won't! i will not put my son at any risk.
    he will get assessed and if he is a threat he wont be staying in our home.
    yes i agree terrorbull, we will not be getting another dog that is any older than 8 weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by r.e.a.n.a View Post
    my son does not feed Doug, and won't! i will not put my son at any risk.
    he will get assessed and if he is a threat he wont be staying in our home.
    yes i agree terrorbull, we will not be getting another dog that is any older than 8 weeks.
    there is reasoning to the "madness" here. If your son feeds Doug...he will establish himself as higher in the hierarchy and as the provider of food!

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    thank you every one on your ADVICE.
    we are noticing that Doug seems to be scared or unsure of Our son, so we have gotten a muzzle for him to have on around young children, we will get him looked at as soon as possible and go from there.

    have any of you had dogs that were scared of kids? if so what have you done to help change it?

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