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| | "my dog would NEVER ___ ". // Famous last words.
U cannot say, "my dog would never hurt ______ ."
Originally Posted by Anna17
My girlfriend is concerned because of all the family dog attacks on children. She feels it's simply not a risk worth taking. We might split because of this because that's my dog.
And she's worried because my dog is a pitbull, & very strong.
He dad also has a fear of dogs. I think she got this [fear] from her dad, [plus] the situation when she walked into my parents' house and thought a dog had attacked her child. But it didn't [happen].
I just want her to trust me.
My dog would never hurt her daughter. How can i get her to see this?
Accidents happen, & also dogs can be provoked -- to bite, to jump up or on someone, etc.
Hugging a dog is a bad idea, but kids do it all the time, & throttling a dog with both arms wrapped round their neck is not comfortable for the dog, physically or emotionally.
Yet many parents, including dog-owners as well as folks with zero experience of dogs, think that this is cute, affectionate behavior. it's not - it's rude, it's intrusive, & it gets kids bitten & dogs criminalized.
U can't GUARANTEE her child's absolute safety from injury by Ur dog, even accidents, unless the dog is ALWAYS kept separate from the child.
Plus, Ur pitty has a history of FIGHTING with Ur parents' dog - bloodily; that means one or both of the dogs was punctured, or had skin torn.
That means Ur dog should also be kept entirely SEPARATE from Ur parents' dog - always & forever, with solid barriers between them plus an airlock between the barriers; EX, a door closed on Ur dog with a latch AND a lock higher than the child can reach; an open space - that's the airlock, no dogs allowed; & another door, with a latch AND a lock, again higher than the child can reach, with the parents' dog behind the 2nd locked & latched door.
If one dog is out of "their room" on leash, to toilet or just hang with the folks, the other dog is crated in their latched & locked room, away from the door.
This prevents the sequestered dog hanging by the door, snuffling, scratching, jumping up & barking as their Nemesis walks by, etc. They are in their crate, & the closed crate is a good distance from the door.
I would immediately make these new rules Std Operating Procedure in the house; the dogs live separately & only one is out at a time, on leash; the child is not around either dog, & does not enter the rooms set aside for the dogs.
The dogs come out only on leash, only ONE at a time, & only to go outside to toilet; they eat, sleep, play, etc, in their individual rooms, or are allowed in the house only one at a time, & only when THE CHILD IS NOT THERE.
That should satisfy the GF's need to feel her daughter is safe.
Meanwhile, i'd look for a reward-based trainer who has experience with dog-aggression, & begin B-mod to reduce Ur dog's reactivity to other dogs.
However, i would not allow Ur dog & Ur parents' dog to share a room, even on leash, nor would i suggest passing in a hall, crating one dog in the same room that the other is freely roaming, etc.
Their past history of fights means they should - IMO & IME - stay separated; the convenience of letting them both out is greatly outweighed by the risk of another fight, & serious injury to a dog / both dogs, or to a person --- who tries to stop the fight.
It's just not worth the risk.
What's the nearest city? - maybe someone can recommend a good trainer or a CAAB / vet-behaviorist, near U.