NEED HELP! 3yo gsd skiddish aggressive towards 1yo daughter. husband wants to rehome!
Hi so I'm new here. Found this site desperately searching for answers trying to convince my husband not to just give up and rehome our almost 4 yo gsd. Chloe is an amazing dog she is one of 3 in our pack. The other 2 are small breeds.
When we bought her we were told she was a lab. But later found out otherwise. She is the best dog we have ever had. Shes so smart and loyal and obedient for the most part.
We have a 1 yo daughter who has recently started walking and talking and is absolutely in love with her doggies. Especially our gsd chloe. When we brought our daughter home chloe was so protective of our baby. She watched over her and came to get us at the slightest hint that something may be wrong. She truly seemed to love our daughter.
Now that she is mobile she wants absolutely nothing to do with her. She growls at her if she gets within a foot of her and if she touches her. Its a short warning growl and she's never even turned her head towards her to hint at nipping her. We are teaching our daughter about respecting dogs space and to be gentle.
However my husband is worried that she will never adapt to our daughter and eventually snap and bite or attack her. She has attacked our female small breed before so my husband pictures that happening to our daughter. I should add we never leave our daughter alone with any of the dogs. We corrected the situation with the dogs and there haven't been any attacks since.
I feel like this is a new phase and every change we go through with our daughter growing the dogs have to learn and adapt as well. My husband is set on rehoming her. I have about a couple weeks to try and prove that we can make this situation work and all we need is just to work with both our daughter and dog. Any advice on how to help gsd adapt to children and make our family work is greatly appreciated!
I love my gsd and am heart broken at the idea of rehoming her. Especially before even giving her a chance to change by working with her. It just isn't right. Please help. Thanks