I am a true dog lover, well, okay, I am nuts about my dogs, so I really can understand what you are going through. I do not mean to minimize what happened to your baby, that is tragic, just awful. In reading the posts, I couldn't help but wonder what to do about your lab. I have always had Golden Retrievers, so I can relate to your Lab. They are wonderful animals, so sweet and gentle. What a shock for that to happen. Sadly, I think I would feel the same as you, how can you ever trust him/her again? I really feel for you. You might want to call a Lab rescue organization, just to talk to someone there. Instead of considering putting your Lab down, maybe you could place him through the rescue group, with someone with no kids? Just trying to help you. My thoughts are with you, and prayers...
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Your feelings are understandable. You love your dog but can't trust it anymore. I don't think putting the dog down is necessary but I do think that your dog needs a new home. Maybe someone you know (someone without kids) can take your dog. You would still be able to see it and your baby would be safe. I hope you find a solution that you can feel ok about. I will continue to pray for you and your family.
So sorry to hear about your little one- How is she doing today?
Ali- I'm with Sherrine on your Lab. Don't know the whole story- did he snap at her? Was it an accident? My granddog is a Lab and he is the sweetest dearest dog. I love him to pieces. I have 2 granddaughters, 3 year old and a 3 month old and he is around both of them all the time. Because of his size (104 pounds) he will accidently knock the 3yr. old over once in awhile and he is not careful when we are going up and down the stairs.
With a 'big" dog in your household, with little ones you do have to watch them more than an average size dog. Even his tail can be a weapon. My son, myself, and my daughter-in-law talked about this before the babies were born and we take extra precautions.
It will be up to you, but please take some time to think this through. GamJill
Hoping that you are feeling better!!
I have volunteered with an Ohio Boxer rescue for many years.
A "legitimate" rescue will NOT take in a dog with a bite history. The liability is one that they can't afford.
That being said, there are many issues that need to be addressed as to WHY the dog bit. What was happening proceeding the bite? Did anyone witness it? Could the dog be ill or in any pain that would offer an explanation as to it's NEW behavior?
The dog has NO idea what it did. There is no way for you or anyone else to make it understand that what happened longer than 10 seconds ago was an unwanted behavior.
In all honesty you will probably NEVER trust this dog again like you once did. That is a perfectly normal response to what happened but terribly UNFAIR to the dog. Probably best to rehome it to a family with older children or NO children but you have to be honest with them. At minimum I would suggest a behaviorist. You said this has never happened before. Dogs don't just "snap". There is always a reason for every action. The trouble is going to be deciding if you want to find out what it was and then work towards it not happening again.
A bite is FAR different than an attack. I'm not implying that one is a less forgivable offense but bites tend to be warnings just like some dogs snarl, growl or bark to warn. Some go straight for the bite. They don't have bite inhibition. OR the other warnings were tried and they didn't get a response and continued with their more hurtful warning. So many variables to consider as to what prompted the bite. Please keep us posted.