Originally Posted by megg689
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
My husband and I were in this exact situation. Once I got pregnant it seemed like my husbands dog was VERY protected of me and so started to become more my dog. Then once my son was born she was SO PROTECTIVE. She watched over him everyday.
But as you said, once he was mobile forget it, she was done with him.
In our case our dog Bridgette bit our son. Not badly but, we didnt manage the separation very well and one day he didnt respect her space and bit his hand. It wasnt very bad at all, hardly any broken skin but once she died (she was 16 and was put down a few months after that) he was petrified of dogs. He would literally climb me to get away from them. It took over a year of being very patient, taking him to petco to meet other dogs (we had only had Bridgette) and work with him over time so that he would feel comfortable with us getting our Lulu.
So I guess my advice to you is this, if you cant keep them completely separate and manage them VERY well at least for a year or so for your dog to get to know and understand your child, then I probably knowing what I have already been through, would rehome the dog to either an older child only home or no kids at all.