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  1. #11
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Logan, Brisbane QLD


    I reckon just give it away. It would be better off with somebody who will enjoy it's company and have the time it requires to bring up a pup. You definitely bought the dog for all the wrong reasons. Its' ridiculous to think that a young puppy or any dog for that matter should instantly know what is required of them. Sigh

    Better to give it to a good loving home at such a young age when problems can be reversed rather than later on down the track when you will most likely have screwed it up.

    Stick to one that requires batteries for now. you know, one of those ones you can turn off when you please.

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Sunshine Coast


    I just wanted to be nice about it, but yeah, after having the pup for such a short time, you obviously have totally unreal expectations about raising a dog. Hopefully when your kids become a handful, you don't give them up. This post has bothered me all day.

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Armidale, NSW


    Puppies are babies just like children are. You don't expect a 3 year old child to act like an adult, to drive around and be responsible, so why would you expect a puppy to be a "family dog"? All he knows is what you've taught him.

    A few weeks ago I introduced my puppy to my little cousins who are two and three. They were really keen to play with her, but I had to sit down and explain to them how to pet her correctly. At first they were nervous at her licking, but then I explained how it was like kisses. Puppies are unlike anything else children experience. They are fast and unpredictable, and unlike adults who are always observing and accommodating children's behaviour, puppies are completely oblivious. When they squeal and run away the puppy will just get more excited. Part way through the afternoon I could tell my puppy was getting a bit overstimulated, so I removed her from the situation and put her in a quiet room so that she didn't get stressed and become snappy, aggressive or overwhelming to the children. When introducing to another cousin, a little two year old girl, I found that my cousin was very afraid of Charlotte and the way she moved. I held Charlotte near her so that she could see that she was safe, and when Charlotte went to sleep I finally convinced my cousin to come over to her and slowly she got to the stage where she would pat her when she was asleep.

    Just like you can't let children run wild, you can't let dogs do so either. They must be supervised or kept in a safe environment for most of the day. Just letting a puppy loose with a child is a bit of a recipe for disaster. The reason I told you my story was so you could say that all children react differently to dogs and some of them take a lot more work. If you decide to keep the puppy I think you have to put some time and effort in. Even if you don't keep the puppy, its worth getting your child over the fear of dogs because that could be pretty bad later on.

    I'd keep the puppy and child away from each other all the time unless you're deliberately socialising them together. Maybe take your puppy out for a walk and when he comes back and is tired sit down with your son, and hold the puppy, letting him pet it. Take the time to teach him easy and safe games to play, perhaps teach the puppy fetch. When you are not sitting with them keep the puppy in a secure room, or in a pen you set up. When the puppy is older maybe he will be a great family dog, but that takes time. You have to put the work in to get the kind of dog you want. Remember you are all the puppy has, you can't just push him away and ignore him.

    Buying a puppy is a really big responsibility that you should look into BEFORE you go through with it. But if you're not up to it now you should try to rehome it to a suitable home.

  4. #14


    read all the comments,excellent suggestions and facts posted right up there. I will be in this position soon, but like Andi commented, buying a pup is a big responsibility which I've done a lot of studying, research and preparation for our family to welcome our new pup. I think what I can only suggest and What I will be doing for ourselves in our household is to educate everyone + the puppy and always oversee all activities.

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Aug 2011


    You also haven't told us if you walk the pup and play with it to channel some of its energy onto better things than chasing your child.

    This is a dog forum. I'm sure all of us like kids, but we probably are more concerned about whether you are capable of meeting this dog's needs than we are about your child seemingly not liking the dog.

    All of the issues you mention are normal puppy behaviour things. Some of them could have been dealt with by now, but it's definitely not too late to tackle them. But it takes commitment and you need to do this for the dog and not for you.

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