Hi. I just joined yesterday. Unfortunately we have a problem with our beloved Brutus Buckeye. He badly bit a child who was playing with our two granddaughters in our house. Everything worked out fine with the child, her mom and her grandparents. One attitude is that he needs to be put down. Another (mine) is that surely there is a place for him with someone else in the right environment. Help.
Last edited by MaggieRoseLee; 03-16-2014 at 12:04 PM.
This probably should be in the aggression sub forum.
In the meantime I'll warn you, you're going to get many wide varying and passionate opinions, these dog bit kid threads always do.
I will say what I always say when it comes to dogs that bite, before you make a decision get a professional trainer involved who can evaluate the dog in person. It is highly advised to find a trainer with experience in German Shepherds, better yet one that trains in bite sports if possible because they tend to be better at reading and understanding what is driving the dogs behavior.
That will help you determine if he can be rehomed safely or possibly stay with you...or not.
Best wishes....hope it works out for you and your dog.
I think you will get a wide variety of views here as well. Depends largely on how serious the damage was and how much the child was tormenting the dog before it got bit. Many rescues will not take a dog with a history of biting a child. Too much liability involved and there are just not that many homes with experienced German Shepherd owners willing to take on all the problem dogs.
Thanks for the responses. Here is more background. Brutus had been a problem at his prior residence as he had nipped at a couple of kids (always around the granddaughters) so I guess he was showing his protectiveness. We now have him at our house 95 percent of the time and we just moved to be close to the grandkids. The child he bit a few days ago was new to him. There was a puncture of the forearm, a gash in the calf and a bite in the back that showed all four canine teeth in action. Fortunately he released, probably when I intervened. He is now four and we got him when he was two. He had training at about one year old but I don't know what kind.