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Dog driving me mad, bot sure whether I'm being U want him rehired

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ginplease83 Sat 06-Aug-16 21:17:37

I am very bloody cross. I gave my 22 month old a mini milk this afternoon and sat her on the sofa in our open plan kitchen watching tv whilst I did some food prep. She's in the same room and easily accessible. Our dog was in his bed the other side of the room.

I turned to put something in the fridge and she started screaming. I turned around and our labrador who is obsessed with food, has half jumped on the sofa and is taking her ice cream. I jump on the dog and remove him and reassure her. He knows that this was wrong as soon as he saw me noticing, he sprung up.

I don't think he can be trusted around our kids anymore and want him gone. My DH thinks Im over reacting and that i don't give the dog enough attention. He's walked very regularly but i don't have time to sit there and stroke him. Theres nowhere else for him to go in the house apart from a large kitchen and family room area. If I put him in the garden he rams himself into the fence to try and get to a neighbour's dog or he makes every attempt he can to get into our bins.

ginplease83 Sat 06-Aug-16 21:17:58

*oops, "rehomed".

LaurieFairyCake Sat 06-Aug-16 21:19:12

Dogs don't guard food ffs shockhmm

Keep the dog away from the tiny kid when it's eating

Get a gate.

And it doesn't sound like you like the dog much sad

DementedUnicorn Sat 06-Aug-16 21:20:30

It's just plain silly to give a tot food in the same room as a dog unsupervised!

ginplease83 Sat 06-Aug-16 21:20:59

The only place he can go is in our communal living room.

Not sure where I said he was 'guarding food'?

Hoppinggreen Sat 06-Aug-16 21:21:08

Who are you cross with exactly?
Your dog for being a dog?

Champagneformyrealfriends Sat 06-Aug-16 21:21:13

Oh god this is a toughie-Labradors are greedy dogs in my experience so this behaviour will be nearly impossible to train out of him. Yanbu to want to rehome him if you feel it's to protect your children, however he's a family pet and it seems mean to just get rid of him without attempting to train him.

1stworldproblemms Sat 06-Aug-16 21:21:52


You sound like a right drama queen.

LaurieFairyCake Sat 06-Aug-16 21:22:42

Guarding food means leaving an unsupervised dog near food

You need to supervise dogs really closely - you know this really as he tries to get to the bins

ginplease83 Sat 06-Aug-16 21:23:36

I've tried to train stealing food out of him but its getting worse. I might take him back to the dog behaviourist. My mother has managed to train her lab to stay in his bed when everyone is eating but my dog just seems to be sneakier.

sooperdooper Sat 06-Aug-16 21:23:40

Have you had dogs before? You can't leave a dog and small child unsupervised, even more so if food is involved - your fault not the dogs at all

ginplease83 Sat 06-Aug-16 21:24:36

1stworldproblems- wow- you sound really judgmental.

WorraLiberty Sat 06-Aug-16 21:25:01

I'm glad people don't give up on their kids this easily when their behaviour becomes a bit challenging....

SaggyNaggy Sat 06-Aug-16 21:27:01

If I got rid of my pets for doing stuff like that I'd have no pets left. Even our kitten steals milk from dds feral bowl. We dont drama over it though, we push him off and move on with life.

DangerQuakeRhinoSnake Sat 06-Aug-16 21:27:31

Doesn't sound like your house is helping you as you don't have anywhere to put the dog while your child eats. Could you have a kernel outside with a chain? Although I hate chains!

MajesticSeaFlapFlap Sat 06-Aug-16 21:27:54

Labs are proper greedy fuckers. Never leave him around kids and food and I'd restart training lessons.

Bet he proper enjoyed the mini milk though...

Petal40 Sat 06-Aug-16 21:28:07

What about a large travel cage thingie.that you could pop him in when yr little one is eating?

DangerQuakeRhinoSnake Sat 06-Aug-16 21:28:37


EdmundCleverClogs Sat 06-Aug-16 21:30:13

Totally agree with Worra. Poor dog, you sound like an irresponsible owner.

davos Sat 06-Aug-16 21:30:23

Dog steals food from small child = getting rehomed?


I agree with your dh. You are over reacting. It's a dog, that's what they do.

Sounds like you don want or like the dog and are getting angry for perfectly normal dog behaviour.

You should have ensured this did happen. I have a cocker spaniel and never feed the little ones round her. For this exact reason.

Gileswithachainsaw Sat 06-Aug-16 21:30:25

So your dog acts like a dog and you want to re home?

Please do.

Where the poor thing might get a cuddle or two and won't fall victim to someone else's stupidity

ginplease83 Sat 06-Aug-16 21:30:54

I did the problem was that he wasn't getting enough exercise, so I have hired so a dog walker to come every day to take him out. I've repaired the fence twice that he's battered trying to get to next doors dog. So i don't think i've just given up on him.

The chain makes me feel sad and i imagine he'd bark and end up strangling himself.

happyandsingle Sat 06-Aug-16 21:31:19

better to rehome him. dogs and very young children don't go together in my opinion.

NeedACleverNN Sat 06-Aug-16 21:31:30

Never leave your child unsupervised with a dog especially when food is involved

But you sound like you will find everything you can to hate this dog so for the dogs happiness maybe you should rehome him.

Put his welfare before yours

OreosAreTasty Sat 06-Aug-16 21:32:28

Put the dog in another room/in the garden while DD eats.
Do you have no common sense?

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