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    I adopted a puppie when she was 3 months old from a local shelter, she was a bit timid but they assured me that she would be okay so after a few days she got used to us and has been a brilliant dog ever since. We socalised her as much as possible as I was 8 months pregnant when I had her and on bed rest and then ill for a few months after I HAD MY DAUGHTER, SHE HAS ALWAYS BEEN SKITISH AROUND OTHER DOGS except our cav spaniel and my dads dog as they have been aaround since she was brought here. She has been great with strangers either but has just growled and went and hide up until this point. So we took her camping and 3 times while we were there she tried to bite my niece, Im pretty sure it was because here and my son were fighting and miley thought she was protecting him but still she is a child and she tried it 3 times, she didnt try to bite anyone else out there but wasnt friendly to the either. Then yesterday my nephew came over and went out the back he has only been her a ferw times since we have had her and she was growling at him and then nipped his hand. Shes scared and otherwise to us a very loyal and loving dog but I have 3 kids ranging from 6 to 5 months and I have children here all the time. I supervise them in the yard but as kids do they do go out the back without telling me at times to. Whta should I do I cant have a dog that I know has the potential to attack a child and being only a puppy makes it worse but I dont want her to be out down either because she is a great dog. Im so torn and upset I dont know what to do anyone have any ideas I would appreciate it. And I have enquired about therapist behavorist but at the moment its jusy not finacially possible for us to do.
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    Majority of dogs don't just 'bite'.
    Are you sure there was no warning signs?
    Define a 'bite'. Did she break the skin?
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    I can understand how you feel. Of my 3 dogs there is only one that I would let near my grandchildren and only under full supervision. I have a large pen they can go in when they visit. In your situation I would be very apprehensive about the dog and damage it could do to the kids and I would consider rehoming to a place with no kids ie older people or PTS.

    I feel that the kid's safety is paramount.

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    Are you in Melb by any chance? as I can recommend someone.
    You really need the help of a professional where they will make an assesment of the dog.
    In the meantime you will need to keep her separated from the kid's.
    As for rehoming, you will need to be up front and honest, I personally wouldn't.

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    Hi Jfit,
    Good on you far at least asking for help

    This is a very dangerous situation, not being nasty but you just do not seem qualified to know exactly what is going on here and may have made quite a few mistakes in the rearing of this pup, if you had not, I doubt you would be having these problems now.

    If, on the other hand you have done it all correctly and the pup is just too defensive, which may well be the problem as mastiffs do react in defence, it is their way to be, she needs expert handling, if you cannot afford to learn how to do this you may need to move this pup on AND FAST.

    You are risking a child getting badly hurt here and you will be responsible, so please do get hands on help now.

    Many trainers will asses a dog for free so call a few in your area, then go on from there, maybe somebody is in your area who has experience with Mastiff types and would meet in a park or such and help you ?

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    No there wasnt any warning signs she just seen my son playing and bree the 3 yr old started agrguing with him he yelled and miley ran at her teeth bared luckliy my husband was near and grabbed her before she did bite and when she nipped my nephew she didnt draw blood she just nipped and ran. Thats what I am in a dilemma about I cant rehome her when I know she is agressive towards children plus she wouldnt like the person anyway as she hates strangers. I spoke to a guy who rehomes them but he is doubtful he could do anything with her as she is so young and showing aggresion towards children already. Im in the blue mountains nsw. Ive had big dogs before rottys and mastiffs Ive done the same with her as I did with them socalised her trained her, maybe I have made mistakes I dont know about but I dont know what. I understand how dangerous it is that is why no one is allowed out the back at the moment with her, I will try and get someone to come look at her but I still dont think I can keep her with the kids here. Maybe I can see if someone is willing to take her and try and work with her but I would of course tell them everything she has done I would never let her go to somone who wasnt aware of how dangerous she is at the moment. Thanks everyone for the advice.
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    Hugs to you. A very hard situation and a dangerous one.

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    I am certainly no professional trainer/behavouralist but have dealt with quite alot of fear aggression etc........I am also in the Mountains and am happy to offer to meet up with you and him and spend some time watching/assessing his behaviour .

    He is certainly not safe to have around your children,well people in general really. It would be wrong IMO to rehome a potentially dangerous dog .

    When you say he's fearful but loyal what exactly do you mean ? For example does he cower from you or similar ?
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    I would take Chop offer & see is she can help you.
    You really need someone with her or simalar exsperaince to have a look at the dog & go from there.
    Good luck.
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