To rehome puppy?

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MarsBars123 Sun 07-Oct-12 18:49:00

Our 6 month old puppy bit our friends 6 year old daughter today.

We were having a meal and gave him his food afterwards. She walked behind him while he was eating and he spun around and bit her, he didn't draw blood but her hand was red.

I am in total shock, he has never done anything like this before, should we rehome him straight away? I'm really confused.

Smeghead Sun 07-Oct-12 18:51:16

This will not end well.

I would re-post this in the forum about animals ~(will post a link when I find it) as on here all you will get is slagged off for considering getting rid of an innocent animal as it is all your fault he bit her hmm

IMO if you have trained him and you feel that he isnt safe around young children then yes, rehome him.

Smeghead Sun 07-Oct-12 18:52:06
foodtech Sun 07-Oct-12 18:52:22

She's just a puppy and still learning appropriate behaviour. As long as you checked her for it I wouldn't worry. Puppies nip and bite especially where food is concerned. Maybe ensure you do some food related training to try and stop pup being protective of food. FT

foodtech Sun 07-Oct-12 18:53:06

Sorry he. FT

TeddyBare Sun 07-Oct-12 18:53:30

I don't think you should re-home because he won't be likely to find a good home easily now.
Feed him away from your / other dc until you have a plan. Does he go to puppy training classes still? Speak to the teacher and see what they can suggest you could try in relation to training. Perhaps you could also contact an animal behaviourist and see what they suggest. It would be a shame to re-home him if this is a resolvable problem.

I agree with Smeghead, I would ask MNHQ to move this to The Doghouse. Threads like this rarely go well.

LimeLeafLizard Sun 07-Oct-12 18:54:03

I agree with Smeghead - this could all go very badly in AIBU.

Dog experts will give better advice.

Charliefox Sun 07-Oct-12 18:54:38

Out of interest, what breed is the pup?

MarsBars123 Sun 07-Oct-12 19:04:32

He's a labrador. I've just reposted in the doghouse

midori1999 Sun 07-Oct-12 19:04:35

You need to give more information, but it's reasonable to leave dogs to eat in peace. It's also reasonable to expect them not to bite, but no blood was drawn and it's a good thing that a bite occurred without that as it shows the dog has bite inhibition.

There are so many variables here. Is the dog used to children, used to children of that age, could it be unwell or in pain, had the child been bothering the dog, have you given the dog any reason to think it's food will be taken? Etc.

But no, I don't think you should rehome. There are ways of dealing with food aggression.

MarsBars123 Sun 07-Oct-12 19:07:01

We have 3 young DC and he has always been great with them, even when they go near his food, we did all the things suggested for food training by the vet.

foodtech Sun 07-Oct-12 19:18:14

Labradors are greedy dogs and slightly obsessed with food. I would speak to a trainer again and explain to children never to take food off the puppy (even if he steals food) also never remove or tease him with food. If you can ensure he is not in the room when eating this might be best.

What we did when our dogs were puppies and eating was to put food into his bowl when eating so he didn't see us as a threat to the food. Also once they are relaxed and not protective we petted them when eating but again never took bowl away or removed food from them. This may not be the recommended way I'm not sure and sorry if you have tried this. You will hopefully get better advice from others. Don't feel that reforming is the only way though or that you puppy will be aggressive in other ways.

LFCisTarkaDahl Sun 07-Oct-12 19:19:06

Well they can forget quick so you just do all the food training again.

He was probably surprised by her.

catgirl1976 Sun 07-Oct-12 19:24:07

Do not re-home

Train the 6 yo not to walk behind dogs when they are eating and take the puppy to some training classes too

McHappyPants2012 Sun 07-Oct-12 19:27:49

Rehome it to someone knows what they are doing

MarsBars123 Sun 07-Oct-12 19:29:21

McHappyPants2012 - Can you explain what do you mean?

^^ And it starts...

McHappyPants2012 Sun 07-Oct-12 19:35:12

I don't mean it in a Nasty way, but at 6 months the puppy may be teething there could be a few reason why a pup may have bitten.

MissBetseyTrotwood Sun 07-Oct-12 19:36:15

I agree with the others - this thread needs moving!

FWIW, our dog (not a pup, rehomed to us at 3yo) can be nervous with visiting children. He's never shown aggression but is very circumspect with them. (Our own DC are 4 and 5.)

MarsBars123 Sun 07-Oct-12 19:36:42

McHappyPants2012 - he bit her because he was guarding his food

Tailtwister Sun 07-Oct-12 19:37:23

Our old family dog used to really hate people coming up behind her when she was eating. She used to growl quite ferociously someone did, although we were taught as children to leave her in peace.

I would say that more training is needed here. Is there somewhere you can feed the dog (utility room) where you know she can be left alone to enjoy her food?

There are far more experienced people on here than me, but personally if this was an isolated incident and seeing it happened when she was eating, I would give her the benefit of the doubt.

WithoutCaution Sun 07-Oct-12 19:47:40

Are you sure that she didn't touch him/the bowl while he was eating?

Do you have the space to give him a temporary quite area where he can't be disturbed while eating - For when your have other children at your house?

Honestly I wouldn't rehome in that situation - He's a puppy and is still learning what is and isn't acceptable. It's very easy to teach a puppy that food guarding is not on. It is also very easy to teach children not to approach/disturb/mess with a dog or puppy while they are eating smile

If you do decide to rehome him try going though a breed rescue or via his breeders (any descent breeder will take back a puppy they bred at any age and find it a new home). Don't do a private rehome.

MarsBars123 Sun 07-Oct-12 19:53:14

I think she may have tried to push past him. I think he must have been a bit on edge with all the people around his food bowl and her brushing past him from behind was the trigger. I will call the vet and RSPCA tomorrow to get some advice.

I am just really shocked by the incident.

cory Sun 07-Oct-12 19:53:51

Puppies are like toddlers: they are still learning to behave. It doesn't say anything about what they will grow up into. You wouldn't expect a toddler who bashed a friend over the head with a toy, to grow up into a criminal would you? You would just accept that you had to take whatever steps were necessary to keep other children safe and train him not to do it again.

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