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

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    We Recently brought Our English Mastiff Pup, He is About 4 months old.
    He has been really good since we brought him, he listens to us, is toilet trained, sits & Drops.

    We Have Had him for 4 days, and everything was going great until last night, my son went to call him for his food and the dog went him and bit him and there were adults around as well.
    My son does not annoy him, hang off him or anything else, we did not understand it at all.

    We went to bed, The pup sleeping at the bed beside me, my son was in another bed in the same room, as we are visiting family. My son woke up and was standing on his bed looking out the window, the Pup growled at him, and we told him no, because of last night my son was already nervous of the pup, my son walked up to the bed and as i was helping him up on the bed, the pup went him without warning and got his face.
    I smacked the dog and told him no, and put him outside.

    was he guarding me? as he seems to only listen to me or women,but he knows my partner is boss as well.
    He has only growled at one other person, my father in law when he was scared of him after he saw him hit his dog as an obedience thing.

    I was always taught that if a dog bites a kid you get rid of it straight away and as he has done it twice do we?

    has anyone else had this problem with their mastiff? what have you done?
    if you have kept it, what have you done to train it?
    was it a status thing?

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    Is it definitley an aggressive bite or is he just mouthing/playing?

    I would be concerened if it was aggressive, maybe look at getting a trainer in to see if that will help

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    and ring the breeder and talk to them about it!!

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    contact breeder asap!

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    Yeah it wasn't playing around, we think he may be scared of our son and felt threatened and couldn't get away from him.
    but in saying that my son doesn't pull his tail, poke him or anything like that his really good with the pup.

    i have called a few trainers and they think he may be just trying to establish were he fits in the pack / family.
    so we have to try and help him not to feel scared of our kids but also make it known that he is not the alpha and that he is under us, but still loved.

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    Look...this scenario is not something to kid around with...trust me!

    Did you get puppy from reputable breeder or where did he come from?

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    Contact the breeder asap.

    If it was one of my dogs I'd be at your place in a flash observing this behaviour with my own eyes and removing the dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
    contact the breeder asap.

    If it was one of my dogs i'd be at your place in a flash observing this behaviour with my own eyes and removing the dog.
    exactly!

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    i got him from sydney, we live in south aus but we are in Victoria.
    i found him on the trading post.
    do we try to help him or do we get rid of him as i dont want my kids in any danger.
    the trainers said he could be fixed. i just dont know.
    I've never had this type of breed before, nor have i had this kind of behavior even from a scared dog??

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    The Trading Post - not a good place to source a good breeder. Anyway, did you get paperwork with him and do you have contact numbers for the breeder?

    Ring them.

    Then get the trainers out asap.

    Keep dog and child separate until a trainer can observe this behaviour.

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