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I am desperately seeking a positive solution for one of our dogs. We had a very unfortunate incident where our baby had crawled over to the dog sleeping on the dog bed. Which scared her and she snapped not realizing it was the baby. She knew instantly that she had done something very bad.

Heres the thing. Shes NOT an aggressive animal. Shes not going to randomly lash out and bite people. She is the sweetest most affectionate dog. And she is very loved in our family. BUT! We cant ensure that it wont happen again. We have a big house and crawling baby and cant ensure that the babe wont crawl over and scare the shit out of her ever again.

Due to the fact that she is not aggressive we would like to rehome her. She would be great in a home with older kids or even no kids. Little kids who want to grab at her and touch her face or pull her hair make her a little uncomfortable.

She is Newfoundland, lab, st.bernard. She’s 2 years old.

Is it possible that anyone out there would be able to accept an extremely loving dog into their life. Despite her awful mistake. I cant bear to see such an amazing dog uthenized if we cant find her a suitable home.

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  1. It is so important to watch children around pets. This wouldn’t be a ‘situation’ if both were supervised

  2. Ray Costley My puppy is in pup heaven due to severe illness at only 7. I was offering to house the pup too.

  3. Rehome the baby not the dog.

  4. Ray Costley Ray Costley says:

    Has someone taken your dog . If not my family could provide a great home

  5. Maybe split the child and the dog until you can teach your child to be around a pet. Don’t rehome a pet because your child scared it. Teach your child.

  6. Maybe split the child and the dog until you can teach your child to be around a pet. Don’t rehome a pet because your child scared it. Teach your child.

  7. Tracy Smiley Tracy Smiley says:

    Is there a reason for every one to be so rude If you have never had a young child or children, do not comment, move on. I raised six kids as well as baby sat 5 kids in addition to raising mine, have had my two grand kids in my home as well with both cats and dogs. NONE of us know happened, we were NOT there. we only know what we read, nothing more. STOP BEING RUDE!

  8. Kiera Graham Kiera Graham says:

    Obviously you shouldn’t own an animal.

    You could do so many other things to ensure the safety of both your child and your animal.

    1. Actually watch your child, if you find that somehow impossible…
    2. Put the dog in a different part of the house while the child is crawling

    Like Jesus, I have two cats that my daughter likes to crawl towards but we constantly tell her no and move her away. If she gets to the cat and pulls his tail I’m not going to blame my cat and pack his shit

  9. Kiera Graham Kiera Graham says:

    Obviously you shouldn’t own an animal.

    You could do so many other things to ensure the safety of both your child and your animal.

    1. Actually watch your child, if you find that somehow impossible…
    2. Put the dog in a different part of the house while the child is crawling

    Like Jesus, I have two cats that my daughter likes to crawl towards but we constantly tell her no and move her away. If she gets to the cat and pulls his tail I’m not going to blame my cat and pack his shit

  10. Jenna Bain Jenna Bain says:

    Pls pm
    Me. I’m interested

  11. Holy smokes, people are so mean!! I cant believe these comments!

    I’m sorry you’re going through this. I know as a mother and a pet owner, it’s a tough situation to be in. I know it takes some training for both the baby and the dog, but I hope you can make it work.

  12. Jo-Anne Hall Jo-Anne Hall says:

    How dare you sanctimonious pet owners criticize a mom for looking out for her family. I don’t think for a second that this was an easy decision for her to make. Yes our dogs are family members but have you been around a crawling baby? While I agree with statements of training the dog and teaching the baby it’s not always that black and white. If the OP didn’t care about the dog you can bet your a$$ she would have already surrendered it to a shelter! Have some compassion people! To the idiot that recommended she rehome the baby, I hope you NEVER reproduce! OP I hope you are able to find a loving home for your dog. You are a good parent AND a good person.

  13. Kerrie Yates Kerrie Yates says:

    Stacey Michelle we are judged for not euthanizing a dog who harmed a child. Then equally judged if we keep a dog who harmed a child. No matter the decision someone is going to tell us it’s the wrong one.

  14. Terri Bee Terri Bee says:

    Stacey Michelle she literally is putting “fackin effort” in finding a home simply by posting. You have no idea what else she is currently doing to find the dog a home. Stop the speculation!

  15. Kristie Guk Kristie Guk says:

    Ill never get rid of my dog. She is a part of the family just like children. It’s called watching them. It’s called showing your child not to crawl or pull on the dog because dont wont be happy. It is a cop out to get rid of your dog becuase you were not watching your kids… yes sometimes a dog might warn a baby to back off but that doesn’t mean get rid of your family member.

  16. I think the disturbing part is NOT the fact that the owner wants to rehome the pet.. But rather that they are considering euthansia in that post like almost a threat, take them or they die. No on is asking you to be super parent but maybe commit to your pet and do the right thing through and through and if that entails finding a new home then fine. But put some fackin effort in and do the work instead of just posting to facebook and referencing euthanasia as an alternative option.

  17. You adopted this dog for life, would you try to return, rehome or euthanize your baby? I think not. But that is because we live in a society that seems to think our lives or more important or valuable than the life of an animal, one that you committed to and brought in to be a member of your family. Perhaps bringing in a trainer is an initial option before removing and rehoming but there is zero reason why this dog should pay the ultimate price with its life because you traded up. Second there is zero reason this should even be an option as there are many society’s that will assist to rehome a dog. Contact one of the multiple rescue organizations within Alberta and discuss the situation with them. Many of them will do an assessment and rehome the dog with a family it thinks is a suitable fit. Basicially I’m saying put some frickin effort in. Using a private page on facebook is not a viable attempt to rehome and animal nor is it ensuring the animal will find its forever home. Killing this family member should not even be an option. PS do us all a favour and ban yourself from every adopting a pet again so that more animals do not face the threat or risk of being quit on or killed under your care.

  18. Get a trainer, set boundaries

  19. Rehome yourself and let your family live in peace and happiness.

  20. Terri Bee Terri Bee says:

    Kerrie Yates omg I’m so sorry, babies are so quick. Your dog is gorgeous and I hope you can find a suitable home full of love. Your daughter comes first, her safety is of the utmost importance and I’m sorry a lot of these comments were so awful.

  21. Kerrie Yates Kerrie Yates says:

    Krystal Gibbons wait till your dog gives your baby stitches. Then tell me it’s a cop out.

  22. I hope your dog finds a better home and owner.

  23. Kerrie Yates Kerrie Yates says:

    Wow. The only thread with some common sense. I am the OP. I was in the same room. This happened in matter of seconds. I was RIGHT THERE. It happened so fast. I don’t not supervise my baby. I don’t let my kids climb on my dog. But my baby scared the dog. And she ended up with 4 stitches….

  24. Tracy Smiley not being rude … certain people should either not have children or pets …. some don’t deserve either !!!
    Such a throw a way society !!!
    Such an entitled society!!’ Euthanasia is A very STUPID response from an obviously STUPID parent

  25. Your baby will be walking before you know it keep the dog don’t give up

  26. Do you have a photo of the dog?

  27. Watch your fuckin child like a parent is supposed to fuckin do…no one to blame but yourself

    • Tracy Smiley Tracy Smiley says:

      No need to be rude ! have you raised a baby that learns to crawl while having a dog in the house? If not stop! A startled dog lashes out. The small child did not know any better!

  28. Alexii John Alexii John says:

    So all of you saying don’t rehome for your kids,

    Answer me this

    What happens if you’ve given birth to a child who is very ill, and pets in the home pose a danger to the child’s health?

    Frankly, fuck you all!!!

    Pets are beloved in most homes as loved as our children, but I for one would never put my child at risk!

    It also might be better for the pet as she said the children can cause him anxiety. Meaning it’s probably not a good fit for the pup either.

    She is doing the right thing by both her children AND the dog by trying to ensure loving safe homes for both

  29. Donna that’s wonderful!
    I’m sure it will be love at first sight!

  30. Teach your child to be careful and delicate around the dog .

  31. Teach your child to be careful and delicate around the dog .

  32. Vicki Baird Vicki Baird says:

    The number 1 job that you failed at was supervising your crawling baby, it is by NO MEANS the dogs fault, it’s YOUR fault and I guess better a dog snapping than something being put into an electrical outlet! Shame on you!! And yet again the dog suffers for human error!

  33. Kristie Guk agree it doesn’t matter what size of dog … you need to be careful poor puppy could loose his family because of getting scared

  34. You can sure tell who has kids and who doesnt on here. Sorry, dog goes instantly if shows agression to my child.

  35. I think she’s only over-reacting out of fear for her baby. If the dog had bitten the baby, you’d be judging her too. There are several possible remedies for this. If she wants to re-home the dog, then she should do it with care (carefully choose a better home for the dog). If there’s love there, the dog will be perhaps happier. No need whatsoever to euthanize or surrender the dog. She’s just afraid. Some positive suggestions and empathy rather criticism is required here. If they choose to keep the dog, there are ways to keep them all safe. Re-homing is not a death sentence though, so stop beating up on her. It may even be happier rather than being excluded from the family. In this case, I think she should keep the dog and be vigilant and reserve her decision. Be nice, people.

  36. Lynn Grant Lynn Grant says:

    Contact Carol Neil from soul2soul. She is a certified educator with Family Paws. She will teach you appropriate dog and baby interaction, dog body language so you can identify when your dog in uncomfortable and proper management. I hope you reach out to her.

  37. Just throw a member of the family away cuz it had an accident? Most dogs would have negitive reactions when scared or bullied , not something to be overly concerned about unless it’s happening everyday and u see the dog gunning for the baby simple enough to, put the dog outside/ garage , leash , kennel when baby is crawling like really how many hours in a day will the baby be on the ground , if you can’t pay attention to your kid should you have had one?

  38. Why don’t you try teaching your child boundaries and how to approach and treat animals. Are you going to get rid of your kid if she lashes out at daycare? WOW You are a irresponsible person

  39. This makes me sad. Please look into training for you and your dog. If you don’t train the dog, of course it won’t get better.
    But if you’re determined to not give it the training it needs, contact rescues and see if they can help

  40. Have the dog sleep in a safe area blocked off with baby gates. Do your best to keep dog and baby desperate and safe

  41. WATCH YOUR BABY. If you cant keep your eyes on your baby every minute of the day, they need to be in a jolly jumper or a play pen or something. That’s how you avoid your children getting hurt. It is your job as a parent to teach your children boundaries and unfortunately part of that is them getting hurt once in awhile. It’s not the dogs fault you baby spooked it. Your baby shouldn’t have been crawling around unsupervised in the dogs area.

  42. Donna Sue Davis awww what a sweet thing to offer

  43. Sadly I think you are making the correct choice for your family and situation. Most of us love our fur babies like family members but your child can’t defend itself yet. Perhaps a temporary boarding situation where you can visit and maintain a relationship while the child grows and then have the puppy back at some point?

  44. You can teach your child, and you can keep them apart. It’s not easy, but it is doable.

    If you still feel the dog is not a good fit for your family do the pup a favour and find it someone who will put in the work.

  45. Terri Bee only one on a high horse is you.

  46. That is so sweet of you!!

  47. Donna Watts both.. the dog was told that wasn’t ok and so was the kid. We don’t let our kid use the dog as a stepping stool or anything.. we teach them both respect for each other! And yes you’re right I am glad he growled.. some dogs just react. I’ve trained my dog well… and he’s got an amazing personality and is great with all kids!

  48. Honestly I don’t think you need to rehome your puppy. I truly believe everything will be ok

  49. Amy Angela Amy Angela says:

    You have a large dog that is capable of a large amount of damage on an infant, if it so chooses.

    Unless you are willing to muzzle train your dog and hire a qualified positive trainer for private in-home sessions, and practice extremely diligent supervision and management at ALL times, it might be better to rehome the dog.

    There are enough dog attacks on children in the news lately. We don’t need any more.

  50. Not your ” sweetest, most affectionate ” girl’s fault… It was your human error

  51. I use baby gates to keep my dog away from any areas that I am not supervising. My dog whined at first then realized it was routine. Pets generally warm up to kids over time if you work with them both and let them know who is in charge. Use a kennel for dog sleep time and teach you child to stay out of it. Dogs like their own space to sleep.

  52. Donna Watts Donna Watts says:

    Sabrina Di Toppa disciplined? You mean you disciplined the kid right? The dog is defending himself, and a growl is what you want as it’s the warning and a precursor to a bite. Never punish a growl. You are lucky the dog did growl.

  53. pay more attention to where your baby is crawling around to… problem solved. why punish a dog for your lack of attention.. put up baby gates to keep the kid from going to where the dog sleeps… fuck some people are really just that fucking dumb these days

  54. Please don’t just give away your dog. Go through a rescue who can do a proper interview and research the family. Unfortunately people giving away dogs is how so many dog fighters get their dogs

  55. Not the dogs fault.. maybe you should rehome yourself !

  56. How’s about watching where your child is crawling to so she doesn’t grab an electrical cord next time !!

  57. No need to rehome or euthanize. Put the dog’s bed in a separate room and when he is sleeping, close the door. And watch your child. Teach the child not to grab or startle the dog. Give the dog his own space and teach the child not to bother the dog when he is in there.

  58. Kody Shwaga Kody Shwaga says:

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  59. Your dog didn’t do it on purpose, please just watch baby more closely next time. They’ll grow up being the best of friends!

  60. All dogs are uncomfortable by kids pulling their ears, sitting on them and climbing on them. That’s not a normal thing for any dog to experience. Some dogs are just remarkably more patient and tolerant than others

  61. Ur solution is to get rid of the dog?!
    How do u think the dog is going to feel. When it gets put in another home, without his humans. Scared, alone, lost, and confused.
    1. U need to watch the baby
    2. The dog still needs time to adjust, work with the dog and baby together. Play with both of them. Teach your dog to love the baby. If it’s not normally aggressive that means its unsure and needs time.
    If that doesn’t work, seek help through dog trainers.

    A dog is a lifelong commitment. Any pet is. If u can’t accept that, please don’t get anymore pets

  62. What you should do is!
    Teach your child it’s wrong even toddlers understand the word NO!
    Keep your family pet since it’s so gentle!
    It was a knee jerk reaction and I am sure your kid won’t be crawling to his bed anytime soon!
    And tell your child NO!
    My kids grew up around large dogs, one snip or growl they never did it again!

    • Kerrie Yates Kerrie Yates says:

      Holly Chequis ya. 9 month old babies are dicks. Better teach that kid not to crawl all over the house.

    • Kerrie Yates I had 2 of them and a large dog that was not gentle as this person claims theirs is!
      My kids crawled all over the house, my dog roamed all over the house!
      My kids BOTH stepped on the dogs feet with those hard white shoes kids wore!
      He nipped and snarled ONE TIME THEY NEVER DID IT AGAIN!
      Teach them to respect the animals area.
      These people that home an animal and then toss it away because it’s work to TEACH your child should never OWN an animal!
      I sure hope you don’t either from your response!
      It’s quite obvious you won’t spend the time with yours teaching them right from wrong!
      That’s just the generation being bred tsk tsk !

  63. Why are you rehousing the dog? Is the dog chasing after the baby and still biting? Is the child attacking the dog (hitting it and so on)?

    The dog was rudely awoken and is not its fault. I understand that your child is probably afraid but it’s yours and your child’s fault (not trying to be rude). You need to watch your children around all animals.

    As my trainer would say take a newspaper roll it up and hit yourself over and over saying “I will watch my dog” I’m telling you it works.

    Don’t punish the dog.

  64. Dana McVey Dana McVey says:

    That is too bad, I hope you find a good home for her. Some dogs just are not kid friendly but they should not be punished for that. Good luck!

  65. Dianne Machado not to mention, a parent needs time to pee too. Who knows. This could have happened in the 10 seconds it took for the parent to go pee. You cannot watch your child every second of every day. Parents need to pee and eat and stuff too. You keep a toddler in your sights 24/7. Dont take your eyes off them. See what you can do for yourself after that.

  66. I think you are missing a very valuable lesson for your child and punishing the dog. Children learn empathy and nurturing from pets and your child just learned to not startle a sleeping animal or person for that matter. Instead of punishing your dog, you should be learning accepting the situation for what it is and you obviously have a great dog because he only snapped and did not hurt your child. Children grow up quickly so don’t waste the learning. Keep the dog and teach the dog and the child.

  67. Debbie Ryder Debbie Ryder says:

    Donna Sue Davis you are a sweetheart

  68. Jenna Lygo Jenna Lygo says:

    So the dog, who had her guard down because she was in her own bed and sleeping, gets punished because she normally reacted to being rudely woken up? It is a completely normal response for anyone, human or dog and a snap is different from a bite. As you said, you have a big house, guarantee your child isn’t able to roam around the entirety of the house without supervision. Therefore, keep them in a separate area if you can’t watch the baby all the time. As for the child pulling the dogs hair, the dog doesn’t have to be comfortable with it, some dogs are and some aren’t. But the child and the dog need to learn to respect boundaries. I feel sorry for the dog if it’s having her hair pulled all the time…

  69. I think you need to have a space specifically for your dog in the house and ensure that the child can’t get to it. That child isn’t going to be small forever and teach the child to stay away from the dogs area. It’s doable. They learn and no reason to “rehome” your pup.

  70. Dont rehome. Dog reacted appropriately to the situation. Your responsibility is to watch both child and animal. And if them being in the same space is not feasible then put up a doggie gate to separate the two.

  71. Terri Bee Terri Bee says:

    Dianne Machado you have no facts, you weren’t there

  72. Terri Bee Terri Bee says:

    Dianne Machado you have no facts, you weren’t there

  73. Kody Shwaga Kody Shwaga says:

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  74. No matter what there’s always negative angry people ready to bash you lol but yeah that sucks and I hope you find a home for the dog. Shit happens and this is something that wasn’t expected

  75. Felicia Rene Felicia Rene says:

    If your dog doesn’t have a history of aggressive behaviour then you should be training the child the boundaries with interacting with animals.

  76. I sure you wouldn’t be happy either if someone woke up from a deep sleep.

  77. Frank Yurich Frank Yurich says:

    REHOME YOURSELF ….your dog deserves better

  78. Josh Ua Josh Ua says:

    Whoa. Lots of judgement out there. I’m sure you’ll agree that you should have been more careful and will be more careful going forward. You know to keep your kid away from stairs when she’s crawling around, so you just need to put the dog in the same category and make it impossible for her to crawl over again.

  79. Ashley Cragg Ashley Cragg says:

    Dogs and kids should never be left unsupervised. Ever. The sweetest dog in the world who would never growl at a fly and the best behaved child in the world who listens and knows how to behave around dogs still should never be left unattended together. At the end of the day dogs are instinctual animals and kids are unpredictable. My dog (rest her soul) was the friendliest and sweetest dog in the world. One time I flopped on the bed and put my arm around her when she was sleeping and having a bad dream (making her cute squeaky bad dream noises) and she almost bit my face off. I moved just in time. She immediately felt bad. You could tell. And it never happened again. But it’s a risk when you have a dog.

  80. Terri Bee the comments are facts. Leaving a toddler unsupervised is not okay. And trying to rehire the dog, that only know them as family is crap. They are to blame. They left their toddler unattended.

  81. Terri Bee the comments are facts. Leaving a toddler unsupervised is not okay. And trying to rehire the dog, that only know them as family is crap. They are to blame. They left their toddler unattended.

  82. You know how many things babies get into unsupervised? Things that could be deadly. If you can’t have your eyes on your child get a playpen or baby yard. Also you do realize babies grow up and fast? Within the next year your child should be old enough to understand to stay away from the dog. Small children should be taught to stay away from pets always. Photos of babies riding dogs etc piss me off because this is what ends up happening. Teach the baby not to touch the dog like you would not to touch a hot stove. Until it’s older. Your poor dog wont understand why it’s being kicked out of its family. Babies and dogs are work, require supervision, and training

  83. Becca Dupuis Becca Dupuis says:

    Where did you get this dog, she looks exactly I mean exactly like my dog

  84. Ashley Hyson Ashley Hyson says:

    We have a giant lovable saint bernard and this happened to us as well. My little boy scared her by pulling on her hair when he was crawling past her. It was an accident but she let him know she didnt like it and she felt really bad about it after.
    After that we just had to watch the baby until he knew to be gentle with the dog.
    Now my almost 2 year old boy sleeps cuddled up on her and they follow each other everywhere.
    I couldnt imagine ever not having her here, she is family!

    If you aren’t willing to put the work into it then we would be happy too.

    • Yes, thank you. Someone who understands that dogs and children may required work and effort to achieve the desired resault of safety and harmony! Good work and lovely to see this.

  85. Dow Hocken Dow Hocken says:

    You are a piece of shit! Getting a pet is a lifetime responsibility, one that should not be cut short because of your inability to provide adequate care for your pet. That dog is a member of your family. If you are so willing to kill/get rid of a member of your family, might I suggest you get yourself sterilized so this doesn’t happen again?

  86. Crystal Leah Crystal Leah says:

    Have you realized you’ve done something very bad by NOT SUPERVISING?

  87. Owning a pet is a huge responsibility and you owe it to them to figure out a way to make it work. There are lots of solutions to what seems like a lack of supervision on your part. Your child should not be unsupervised around the dog until they are old enough to respect and understand your pets boundaries and what is ok and what isn’t. It is NOT your dogs fault and shouldn’t be treated as the problem. Baby gates are a extremely simple solution until your child gets older… really not that difficult. So sick of hearing about people rehoming their “loved” family pets due to minor inconveniences. You took on the responsibility of being a pet owner and it’s your job to make adjustments to your life to accommodate your furry family member.

  88. If you have a large house and a baby, you likely already have baby gates. Physically separate the child and the dog using a baby gate when you can’t have your eyes on the baby at all times. Please don’t rehome a dog for something like this that could be prevented in the future. If you do choose to rehome the dog, it, to me, shows your lack of commitment to owning a dog. If that is what happens, please never commit to a pet again, just to let them down. It is so hurtful to the animal to let them leave your family like this.

  89. Jill Turner Jill Turner says:

    You need to teach the dog better, you don’t need to re home the dog. It’s a big adjustment for the dog to now have a little person crawling and pulling at it. You don’t throw your child up for adoption the first time he or she bites you…

  90. Based on your logic you should re-home the child because the dog was there first

  91. I am interested in taking your dog. Message me.

  92. Sean Em Sean Em says:

    ‘My dog bit my baby but she’d be good for a home with kids.’ Please tell me your kidding …

  93. I know this can be very scary. If you can set it up that the dog and baby can be separated (baby gate or so) when you can’t closely supervise, might be best. It’s good for kids to learn to leave the dog alone (respect space) and should never be allowed to crawl/hang on/hug the dog as most dogs don’t like this and can’t talk to tell them “leave me alone”. If you still feel like it’s too difficult to keep them apart when supervised, try contacting a rescue to ensure your puppy hopefully ends up at another loving home, maybe with older kids

  94. Colleen Rowe Colleen Rowe says:

    She is a beautiful dog so I am sure it would be no problem to rehome. I know how you feel and when I had my first baby I was scared to death having my pups around. Do what you feel is right. Yes it will be an adjustment for your dog but if you are walking on egg shells not trusting the dog then that is not good either. Find her/him a good home and he will be loved just the same. Dont let others make u feel guilty or ashamed. This is you and your families decision.

    • Colleen Rowe wait minute. This gentle dog was resting. Completely innocent. He has zero responsibility here. The child should be in a safe place to grow and explore. AND taught eventually to respect animals. Growing up with a pet is a valuable experience IF the parents are considerate and responsible.

    • Colleen Rowe Colleen Rowe says:

      Barb Roesler Perozak oh and keeping the dog there and having him locked away or on a chain away from family is better? If they dont trust the dog then that feeling probably wont go away so how is that good for the dog. Making him feel guilty is not going to solve this. It is the Families choice. I love animals and had my cat for 16 years and my pups are now 14 and 15 so you dont need to preach to me about lifetime commitment but guilting and shaming someone to keep a pet they dont trust would only be bad for the dog when he deserves to be with a loving home. If he is thinking of rehoming then he obviously dont have that strong of a bond so better the dog gets a forever home.

  95. Your dog has done no wrong here. Rehoming him us not the answer. Protecting your child AND your dog….is YOUR responsibility.

    YOU are the only one who needs to change.

    Your dog was sleeping.

    Your precious babe is learning and growing.

    Putting your child in an area that’s safe to grow, crawl, explore is the clear answer here. YOU must be the one to adjust. Please take the responsibility to nurture and protect both babe and pup.

    Children can get into other situations, never mind pets. It really is in ypur child’s best interest to be protected from other incidents that can happen. Outlets, pulling things down, finding things to put in their mouths).

    Your dog is innocent here and shouldn’t be the one to be disrupted. .

  96. When your child bites you will you be looking to re home it too

  97. Bryson Allen Bryson Allen says:

    I’ll take your dog lol. Ours needs a friend.

  98. Tracy Smiley Tracy Smiley says:

    Hi. I would like to know how large your dog is as well as if he/she has been around cats?? I am asking as I would love to help by either taking the dog as a “foster parent” until you child is older and return the dog to you. Perhaps a little training for both dog and child. Please PM me.

  99. You need someone to come help you train. Training isn’t just for dogs, its for both of you. Find someone local to you on this list who will come do home visits and work with you. It took less than 2 months for me to completely train my new rescue who was taken from an abusive home where they were going to shoot him. He was jumpy and scared and lashed out when he came here at 6 months old. Now he is a happy go lucky pup, who loves people, other dogs, cats, playing all the time, only 4 months later. I feel confident in both his skills and mine in how we handle things together. Seriously, dont give up, check the list and bring someone on to help ♡ I am so happy I did.

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  100. Tara Adams Tara Adams says:

    Dont rehome ..beware your dog was not in the wrong..you were for allowing your little human to crawl unattended on your dog. That being said,.. clearly some changes in routine and perhaps some obedience training for the family..But really.. you have a dog that size..and surely you knew going in that was a commitment..especially when having a baby..so find away..and dont rehome a member of your family because of mistakes made by you. IMO.

    • Kerrie Yates Kerrie Yates says:

      Tara Adams kid didn’t climb on dog unattended. Didn’t you misread that? Did it say in the post where the parent was? Same room? Other room? Baby climbing on dog? Unattended? Attended? P
      No eh?

    • Tara Adams Tara Adams says:

      Kerrie Yates if a parent doesnt want a reaction from a pet ..then the child should not be crawling up on..or surprising a pet.
      I may be mistaken by saying unattended..but clearly some lack of supervision occurred here..not worthy of rehoming a dog.

  101. This happened when my daughter was 1. I made sure my dog knew it wasn’t ok. It hasn’t happened since. It’s been 5 yrs. always supervise

  102. Why don’t you put the dogs bed in a penned off area, or separated by a baby gate?

  103. “Despite her awful mistake” nah wasn’t her mistake. We as the intelligent owners should know better.

  104. Nemi Rai Nemi Rai says:

    Man, there’s a lot of heartless one-sided people in the comments….

    • Nemi Rai the poster is the heartless one actually. She hasn’t even tried to find a solution except dump her dog off on someone else

    • Nemi Rai Nemi Rai says:

      Are you sure? It’s a short blurb on a Facebook post, why so quick to judge? Instead of hounding this poor family, why not educate them in a positive manner to what they should be doing? It’s easy to type words, actually acting on them is a whole different thing. No one is perfect, I know I’m not, let’s help each other instead of bringing people down to boost our own selfish egos. I’m no parent, but I can imagine how hard it is, I’m sure they’ll find a home. I’ve thought that it doesn’t hurt to ask for help, which is what this page and this person is trying to do.

  105. Mandy Gignac Mandy Gignac says:

    Don’t rehome the dog. Teach both the dog and the toddler how to be around each other. That’s what everyone else does lol.

    • This would obviously be the best choice, but if she’s not willing or able to put in the time and effort to do it, then rehoming the dog is the next best solution. I think it’s ridiculous that there are people shaming her for trying to protect the dog and the child. It would be different if she was getting rid of it because she suddenly didn’t have the time to walk it after having a baby.

    • Saw Nic Saw Nic says:

      I think it’s ridiculous that her first thought is to rehome than to take a bit of time and train. Had she said I’ve taken the time…different story.

    • Krista LaRue Krista LaRue says:

      i kept my kid and dog separate. I knew my dog wasn’t all that comfortable with babies. The screaming and loud banging noises they made freaked him out. Once the oldest was 4 and our youngest was 2, he was used to it, keeping them separate also taught the boys to not bother the dogs, now my kids are 6 and 4 and live in complete harmony with my dogs, they play fetch and brush the dogs. They weren’t allowed to crawl on, pull body parts or in any way bother the dogs. Luckily my dogs would get up and walk away if they were uncomfortable with any situation, however I never gave the kids or the dog an opportunity to do something I’d regret. And also, my dog is a pitbull, my husbands is a collie cross and the other is a Pomeranian.

    • Tracy Smiley Tracy Smiley says:

      Both can be trained. I have suggested that, but it also depends on the age of the child and how much the child understands at this time..

    • Ivorn Norn Ivorn Norn says:

      Mandy Gignac maybe she might want to rehome her child next?

  106. Tracy Nic Tracy Nic says:

    This is not a reason to rehome your dog. Ultimately it is on you to make sure this does not happen again.

  107. My dog did the same thing to my niece a couple of times. My niece is 6 and I still have my dog. There was no choice of rehoming. We and my niece learnt boundaries with animals and safe spaces. Maybe u should try thAt.

  108. Also you shouldn’t post a fb picture of it with your name defeats the point of anonymous

  109. All you’re going to do is break that poor dogs heart. Shes attached to you and your family. How could you even consider letting her go?! You shouldn’t own animals in the fucking first place..

    You’re that dogs everything. She is bonded to you. That’s like saying “oh my child scared my other child and the one hit the other, better get rid of it because its aggressive now and I’m too lazy to pay attention or to train them.”

    Give your fucking head a shake.

    If you get rid of that dog, I strongly urge you to NEVER get another animal again. You’re just going to break their poor heart.

    You disgusting human..

  110. So if I am reading this right, the dog snapped as in growled and gave the baby a warning. The dog was saying, oh shit, piss off you scared me. That doesn’t mean the dog is aggressive, that means the dog knew to give the baby a warning and not do anything. I would suggest you need to teach the child that the dog is not a jungle gym and needs to be treated with respect, the same as if the baby tried to touch the stove, or a knife or any other object.

    • Kerrie Yates Kerrie Yates says:

      Sheila Gillard-Foster the baby snapped as in bit. And the baby got stitches. Baby didn’t climb on the fucking dog. Baby crawled over to the dog. Dog is not a jungle gym. NOWHERE in the post did it say baby crawled on the dog.

    • Kerrie Yates Kerrie Yates says:

      Sheila Gillard-Foster ya for sure. The 9 month old baby who got stitches in her face totally needs to just learn not to crawl near the dog. Fyi didn’t crawl on the dog. Or on the dog bed. That little shit totally needs to learn not crawl at all. Bad baby.

  111. Stark Kathy Stark Kathy says:

    Thank you for reaching out <3 and risking all these negative comments. I pray for this Pup and that… he finds his <3 FUREVER HOME <3

  112. I would try setting up a safe space for your dog in a different area in the house and blocking it off with a baby gate. Personally, I would try other things before re homing. I have small children and animals, we’ve thought to not pull or annoy the animals.

  113. Shelley Lohr Shelley Lohr says:

    You have one of the best breeds for children in that dog perhaps taking some obedience classes with her and your child so everyone gets educated.

  114. Is this for real? Put your kid in a fenced run if you’re not willing to supervise it. Poor dog should not have her whole life rearranged by being rehomed or be put to death because your kid is grabby.

  115. Any animal with a mouth can bite, take it as a lesson and move on.

  116. I am sorry this happened to you, but I do not think that rehoming your dog is the answer either. Especially because the dog knew right away that she had done something wrong and showed remorse. I had a similar incident with our beloved husky. She was a few days out from having surgery and one of our young children lost his balance and fell on her while she was asleep. He got bitten. It was a horrible experience for all of us. Our dog included. It was an accident and completely unintentional from all parties but it still happened. We were more careful with everyone’s boundaries and it never happened again. Babies do not crawl forever so this is a transition stage for your family. Just be more aware of the kids and the dogs. You should always be acutely aware anyways when kids and animals are in a home.

  117. Wow all you people need to calm the fuck down she’s only asking a dam question… people are to fast at jumping on to the angry train…

  118. Unfortunately shit happens…turn the page

  119. A dogs bed is their safe place. Maybe set up an area for the dog only. And don’t leave your child unattended with your pets. Period. Any animal can be reactive when startled. Dogs don’t understand little people and their fast movements.
    This is going to take time and patience.
    It saddens me to read regularly people get rid of their animals , instead of doing the work.
    Also having a new baby in the house, your pet is taking a back seat too. They were there first. They are your family too.
    Seek help from a reputable trainer.

    • Denise Dumont agreed. Except dog trainer is not necessary in this particular situation. The dog was on his bed. Behaving. Parent responsibility is needed here. Taking ownership on how to prevent future interactions. Training children even at this stage is important. Showing them that they can crawl, play, grow and learn within their own space. Not a dog’s bed.

    • Barb Roesler Perozak I can see your point.the reason why I said get a trainer is the dog breed she has is a working dog. They need a job. So maybe the one on one time she puts in with her pet is giving them a purpose.

  120. Donna Watts Donna Watts says:

    I hope many people are reading your post. I feel what you are saying and feel bad for your position. Too many do not believe THEIR dog could bite and don’t have any idea about dog behaviour. Carol Neil from Soul2soul dog training puts on courses through Family Paws Education for people expecting a baby called Dogs & Storks and another called Dogs & Toddlers. Contact her she may be able,to give you some suggestions in the mean time. Her courses are also very good for grandparents with dogs.

  121. Is she a small dog or a big dog? If she is a small breed I would love to invite her to our home!

  122. Please don’t give your dog to just anyone. Have you thought about having an area where the dog can sleep without a baby/child accessing the dog. Some people will have gated areas of the home for their dogs for when even company comes over. The child needs to learn

  123. I know my mom really wants a dog … but training and lots of persistence would help

  124. I would mostly recommend more monitoring. Surrendering won’t help anyone really. Just make the dog someone else’s problem.
    Learn your dogs’ body language, monitor your baby with the dog at all times always, keep them separate if you are unable to supervise. It’s that simple. Sign up for behavioural classes for pup.

  125. Baby gates. Simple solution. Baby is up crawling around and you can’t watch her every move? Put pup in another room where the dog can see hear baby but baby can’t crawl all over it.

  126. Whatever you do, do not just give that pup away. If it comes down to deciding that your best solution is rehoming, so be it, but pups given away for free are prime targets for people looking for bait dogs and dogs for fighting. Anyone willing to keep and raise that pup should be willing to pay to do so.

  127. Try contacting a good dog trainer to help the dog & baby live under the same roof. My sons were brought up with dogs all their lives & we set boundaries with the dog & kids. They were taught how to treat the dogs & respect their space. Check with SCARS rescue to get a good trainer or surrender your dog to a rescue to help your furbaby live their best life.

  128. Could you condition her to be a bit more tolerant of unintentional behaviours that babies may do? Maybe ask a trainer?
    I had a friend, no children train her dogs to tolerate things that she did – non-harmful and was so good around children.

    You could also continue with your plan to re-home. Read rules to see if buy n sells can help or maybe ask the humane society for programming or to get the right people to adopt your dog.

    I’m sorry to hear about this event. It’s hard to ensure crawling babies and dogs don’t get upset at one another.

  129. I would just supervise the two of them better no need to put that pup down !

  130. Mary Durka Mary Durka says:

    Put a post in your local community and be as honest as you were with this one. Good animal owners understand that as much as you love your pet, you have to do whats right to protect that pet, and your kids. Maybe someone close to you could take her and allow you to still keep in contact. Best of luck to you.

  131. You should sign your dog up for training classes. You might learn a few things about body language and dog behaviour so it never happens again. Why would your first thought be to get rid of the dog?

  132. You need to contact a reduce and surrender your dog

  133. Marie Aly Marie Aly says:

    Maybe train her? And teach the baby boundaries. As they get older, teach the baby no. You dont need to give the dog up which would be super sad. Another thing is to never let the baby get that close to begin with. My daughter is 4 and has never been a problem with our family dogs and our current one. I have a 6 month old who is starting to crawl but would never leave him unsupervised as good as our dog is because of instincts. It’s gonna happen. Treat the situation. Don’t get a dog if you’re not gonna put in the effort.

  134. Kara Keena Kara Keena says:

    What happened to supervising the child? No let’s not supervise our baby and just rehome our dog. Your child should of never went over to the sleeping dog while it was on it’s bed! Watch your child more and don’t let them crawl on the dog! The dog isn’t a jungle gym!

    • It’s impossible to be everywhere all the time. Impossible. All it takes is a second. For even the most conscientious parents.

    • Stephanie Tooke totally agree with this.
      I would not rehome the dog for this. If you know your dog is a gentle giant then you know you can trust it.
      The kid will learn to respect the dogs area, don’t ditch the dog.

    • It only takes a second to put the dog in another room and to tell the baby not to go near the dog.

    • Kara Keena I’m guessing you dont have kids and what you are doing is mom shaming … Bravo!!

    • Melanie Wilson mom shaming????? Serious???? Another hurt feelings crap. They are trying to regime their dog that know Boone else but them. The baby should have been watched. What if that kid grabbed something bad or picked something up and stuck it in its mouth And choked???? A toddler should be watched. It’s not mom shaming it’s fact.

    • Larry Lamothe I’m no baby but I dont agree with aggressive dogs round kids … that said the dog isnt at fault nor is the baby … both are smart enough to likely not do again…we dont gwt rid of kids who are out of line the dog was in his area and babies need be taught not to go there … that be supervision as mentioned by another … my dog damn near bit my hand off thinking I was the other dog but I seen in his face when he seen it was me he stopped was freakiest thing I seen and I had dogs my whole life… dont bail on pup he too is still a baby … just an opinion though

    • Kara Keena you are an idiot a person can not keep track of a child every second of the day

    • Kara Keena do you have kids? Maybe the parents turned for a second to grab something or maybe they went to the kitchen to quickly grab a snack for the child. Babies are fast. Two seconds and they have destroyed the entire house. So don’t be so quick to judge. Obviously she’s going to be concerned about her baby. I would be concerned if she wasn’t more concerned about her baby then the dog. While yes, she probably doesn’t need to rehome the dog, it’s a personal decision that I’m sure she’s not making lightly. At the end of the day her child has to come first. The baby didn’t even crawl on the dog, it crawled over to it and seemed to try and pet it and the dog snapped,That is not a normal reaction, even if the dog is sleeping. So my guess is that with a baby in the house, they just don’t have the time to give it the attention and care that the dog needs and good on them for realizing it because lots of people don’t and just leave their animals tied up outside or ignore them. Too me it sounds like they love this dog to pieces as they are trying to find it a home that is suitable for her rather then dropping her off at the pound.

    • If the dog does it once the dog will do it again plain fact of life.. some dogs anx cats just never adapt to children and babies

    • Marci McPherson ummm that’s pretty much exactly what I said lol
      The original poster says their dog is not aggressive, no reason to get rid of it.

    • Man for such a dog lover you sure are mean to someone trying to find the dog a loving home. Technically you can just kill the dog and eat it if you want, she could be doing that.

    • You guys keep in mins this person who originally commented has no kids. What she says should not matter. Being a parent isnt easy and if someone with no kids tries to tell someone with kids how to parent tell them to shove it. Seriously. People with no children should have NO say in how to parent.

    • Larry Lamothe this exactly, you don’t get rid of the family pet because of no fault of the dog!
      I’m sure the child got a fright and will more than likely know not to do it again!
      It could happen to an adult a dog snapping, learn from it !!

    • Kara Keena Kara Keena says:

      I’ve had a baby in the house and 4 big ass dogs. Know what we did? We made sure we put up barriers in a room if we leave the child in a room and made sure there was NO DOGS in there. :O shocker I know. To conceal the baby in an area and made sure there was no dogs took an extra 5 seconds out of my time before I left. Such a long time to make sure baby will be safe because I know dogs can be dogs and accidents can happen so I took precautionary measures 😀 I know it’s SUCH a hard thing to do.

    • Kara Keena must be nice to be perfect and be able to predict every little thing that will happen each day. Because nothing ever distracts you for a second. Also have a baby in the house for a little while vs having a baby 24/7 are two different things. Like I said maybe she was picking up the toys in the same room and was turned around for two seconds or maybe the pot of water on the stove was over boiling and she ran in. You can’t keep your eyes on a child 24/7 and anyone who tells you differently is lying or not a parent. Stop shaming the parent. You can’t protects kids from every little tiny thing in the world. I’m not even a parent and I know it’s impossible to prevent every little thing. But I can tell you kids are insanely fast. I turned around for two seconds with my niece in the same room and next thing I know I can’t find her. The little bugger decided to play hide n go seek without telling me. But I can tell you my stomach dropped in the moment of panic and when I found her upstairs hiding behind a door I cried. I can only imagine how these parents feel at this moment.

    • FO Kara. Get off your high horse. I’m glad you love and respect animals so much, but people should be able to leave their child for a few minutes without baricading them in a room. You’re obviously such a smart woman that you take precautions, but so is this mom by doing what she thinks is best for her family, including the dog. Just because it’s not what you’d do, doesn’t make it wrong

    • Harold Myshrall if you cant keep an eye on your child every minute of the day you probably shouldn’t have a baby lol

    • Carmen Vickery this child is crawling. This is a baby. Babies need to be supervised.

    • If you’re a helicopter parent you need to keep your eye on your child every single minute. A person should be able to go to the bathroom and such if they’ve left their child in a safe environment. Without a dog with a mind of its own, you should be able to feel reasonably ok about leaving your child for a few minutes, so calm down

    • Donovan Richard Ballett more like people have come accustomed to tossing away kids dogs and relationships when things dont go their way or when it may require attention or bit of hard work … sad sad world

    • Carmen Vickery isnt question of leaving child unattended…it comes down to terminating a pet because it acted on instinct … yet funnier still is NO ONE SAID WHAT HAPPENED TO BABY … was he hurt did dog break skin all of this plays a roll in a dogs behavior and punishment to come … accidents happen….and I had my face ripped apart by a dog when I was 3 over 52 stitches in my face and scars for rest of my life …. I dragged hand on tailgate of dogs truck dog dis what he was bread to do and protected his owners property it was a Sheppard dog … I dont blame the dog a bit or me for that matter and I still love dogs today … some people shouldnt have pets and some shouldnt be allowed to reproduce who are we to judge

  135. What a scare! How do you feel about dog obedience school? With this and a closer eye on where baby is crawling would probably be the best move.

  136. The thing about dogs is that they’re reactive. Even if they’ve never attacked anyone, that can change if the dog is confused, startled or upset. I don’t think that rehoming the dog is necessarily the best thing, but there are things that can be done to teach the dog boundaries.

  137. Ryan Twostix eddie needs a gf!

  138. Dogs are dogs are dogs. All dogs can bite, and will if they get startled. They generally won’t if they know its bad but the startle factor is always in play. You’re fine, just dont let the baby near it while its sleeping for a while.

  139. taboma54@msn.com . says:

    be patient, a kid is a kid, a dog is a dog,,,they can and will sync. there is l;ikely no valid reason for rehoming. keep a sharp eye out for the kid, and keep an eye on the dog. you will be fine, it just takes time and attention.

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