I am seeking advice for bringing a baby home with an aggressive dog. My fiancé and I have lived together for two years. He has a four-year-old pit/boxer mix that he’s had since the dog was about six months old (before I moved in) Up until a year ago, I have not had any issues with his dog. I have loved him, played with him, fed him, walked him, etc. He was ripping something up one day, so I picked it up and scolded him, and he lunged at my face. Totally caught me off guard and has me not able to trust him. On a separate occasion, as I was going to grab his bowl to feed him, he nipped at my arm, not enough to cause injury but left a mark. Last month, my fiancé had a seizure that left him with four broken vertebrae. We have our dogs sleep in the living room because they snore, and being seven months pregnant and not getting enough sleep as it is, they wake me up. I had to get up to grab his medicine from the kitchen, and the dog went into our bedroom and was lying on my fiancé’s side of the bed. I called the dog to me so I could get to my fiancé to give him his meds, and the dog responded by growling at me. Had my fiancé been having another seizure and I couldn’t get to him because of the dog, that’s a serious concern. On other occasions he has lunged at my fiancé’s sister, most recently started becoming more aggressive towards people who come to the door (barked and lunged towards a client of my fiancé’s at the door) and my nephew (age 6) is no longer allowed at our house because the dog growled and lunged at him while they were playing. I have expressed my concerns with my fiancé about how his dog’s behavior is causing me to stress out about bringing our baby home after he is born and thinks it would be best if the dog is rehomed. I do not trust the dog around our baby, given his recent behavior. While my fiancé is trying to understand, he doesn’t believe the dog has given him any reason to need to rehome him. Now before I get hate for asking him to do this, just know I’m a lover of all animals. I have never had a dog react to me in this way before, and it absolutely tears me up. I also need to trust my mama bear instincts and do whatever is absolutely possible to protect our baby, whether it be now or when he’s a toddler, and the dog gets aggressive over toys, etc… has anyone had this problem? What did you do?
I am a huge animal lover. I love my dogs like they’re my kids but I don’t think there is anyway I’d feel safe bringing a baby home around that dog.
Humans > dogs. End of story. That dog WILL bite your baby. Either get rid of it now, or hope that it only harms the baby and doesn’t kill him/her when it does attack.
Why even ask that question. Get rid of the dog before you make national headlines. " Dog eats baby."
Sorry but that’s a no brainer. A baby should be no where around an aggressive dog, especially a pit bull.
For me personally it wouldn’t be worth the risk sadly! Just imagine if something did happen!
Do NOT RISK IT ever!!!
As a pitbull owner, I can speak on said topic of pitbulls. First, it has nothing to do with the dogs breed. Any dog can become aggressive for any reason at any age. Is the dog fixed? If not, that could help the issue. If he is, perhaps a trip to the vet to rule out any health issues. Health issues can cause aggression. If everything is ruled out, I would try a trainer. If training does not work, then at that point, yes, rehome the dog. It might be best he be in a home with someone who is knowledgeable in that dept. I love my dogs to death. They are 9 and 11 years old. I will say this though, I love my son more. If my dogs were to ever become aggressive to my son, they would be put down. I wouldn’t even rehome them due to the fact of their age, plus I would rather myself be the one to do it than a stranger. I’ve had our dogs since they were babies. They were from breeders where we know the past history of the parents and grandparents. They are very social. But let’s face it, with them getting old and such, shit happens.
You are insane to bring a baby home with that dog in the house!! Get rid of it! Too many nice dogs out there to be dealing with that shit!
Get rid of him!!! If he doesn’t want too let them both go. My baby would never be put in danger. Not even for a second.
Do NOT keep that dog! You are knowingly keeping an aggressive dog. I have seen a few VERY well raised pitbulls turn on family so I would suggest that this is beyond training. Unless you want your baby to be a statistic for a mauled to death story in the news…the dog should have been gone yesterday. I wouldn’t rehome…he will hurt someone. Put it down!
Animal lover myself… And I do believe in Training a dog. But in this case I would rehome immediately!!! Be sure and let the rescue know about the dogs issues so they can get the training it needs. But you have to think of your baby First. If he is so attached have him see if a friend can take the dog and he could go “visit” it now and then. But the dog is showing to much aggression already so there is No way I would chance bringing a new…crying…different smell…baby around the dog
Pretty sure the only responses you’re going to get here are to get rid of the dog. From the sound of it, if you keep the dog, you’ll be putting your child in danger. Keeping your child safe should seriously come before your fiancé’s love for his dog.
You really need to ask this? This is a tragedy waiting to happen. That dog should be put down. WHY would you even think it is ok to keep a vicious dog.
Get rid of the dog it will hurt your baby!!!
Rehome that dog. The dog does NOT need to be put down. Today it’s a nip at you next it’s the baby being mauled and possibly being killed. The dog sounds food aggressive and just aggressive in general.
I would not bring a newborn around a dog that has showed any form of aggression. Newborns and infants can’t defend themselves against a attack, if the dog chooses to lunge at them. You can love your fur babies, but you need to protect your family also. Rehoming the dog sounds like a really good opinion for you. It’s best to ripe the band aid off now, before it’s to late!
A child is already banned from your house because of the dog .
It goes for faces
He attached you when trying to help your sick partner .
Are u kidding with this question .
The baby will be a target it’s gone get more attention than the dog this will increase the dogs aggressiveness .
That is NOT a safe dog for a child
Get a new husband. How does he not see anything wrong with the mutt?? Your child over a fucking animal.