Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
My ex-husband's nephew has a face that is scarred for life from a GSD. His mother had taken her children to visit her friend (who owned the dog) and while both mothers were having coffee in the kitchen the kids went into the back yard to play. They saw a 'funny shaped stick' and bend down to pick it up and throw it to each other and the dog. Yep, you guessed it - the stick was a mangled bone. The dog snapped at the child's face. A handsome boy gone forever. Some may say that the children should not have tried to pick up the bone. I can't agree with that. Ever.
I do not know what happened to that dog years ago. I can only hope that it was euthanised immediately. I also do not believe the size of the dog should make any difference, but a ruddy big Shepherd could maim or even kill very quickly if it chose to.
You have just highlighted why the dog should not have been put down. It behaved appropriately./QUOTE]Those mothers should have been keelhauled for allowing the kids to be outside with the dog.[
I agree with this completely, i've said it once, i'll say it again kids shouldn't be left unsupervised around dogs... I also think it's a bit unrelated as the OP said she was IN the room with her son and dog and saw what happened...
As for your situation cowgirl, well I can only offer support for the decision you choose! I would not like to make that call that's for sure, but as someone who has kids i can see how difficult it is..
I don't think keeping the child and the dog separated is really a viable answer, as its not only not fair on the child but also the dog, and if the dog was to be "outcasted" then wouldn't that form a jealousy thing? (im not an expert on dog behaviors so this might be completely wrong!)
I think rehoming could be a very good option, depending where you live.. Whilst I understand what you are saying about if he? ever bit again.. You could clearly state that this dog would NOT suit children... I don't know how many dogs I went through looking for Chloe that clearly said "not for children" and as a mother it's a wake up call...
Im not saying he wont bite an adult (he might, or he might never take another swipe) but he is likely to cause significantly less damage to an adult then a child and adults can also assess the dogs attitude etc..
I think if you clearly state "not suitable for children" thats an eyeopener and enough of a warning for people... No responsible mother/pet owner would purchase a dog that clearly isnt intended for children and have them at home! And lets face it you wouldn't be handing him? over to just anyone..