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Friend's dog bit her child...badly. What to do now?
I'm asking this question for a friend. She has two dogs, one is 8 or 9 and the other is 5 or 6. She's had both dogs for their entire lives since they were puppies. My friend has a toddler and a baby now and up til this point, the dogs were absolutely fine with the children. I think the oldest is around 3 or 4.
I just got a text from my friend saying her oldest dog bit her oldest child. A bad bite. Got him in the face and the poor child had to go in for surgery. He was released from the hospital 4 days later and will definitely have a scar (or scars).
This dog is dog-aggressive and has been since he'd been attacked as a pup. He HATES Ranger. I brought Ranger over once to play with the other dog and the first dog was going ballistic in the house the entire time. Barking, growling, attacking the windows. But he's also been a great dog when ranger is NOT around and up to this point, has never shown any aggression to people.
Needless to say, my friend is incredibly shaken up. She loves her dog - obviously - but is thinking the only recourse is to have him put down. She doesn't trust him with the children anymore and because of his aggression issues AND bite history, he'd be impossible to adopt out.
Both dogs are at her mother's house until my friend and her husband decide what to do. My friend asked about muzzles and if it's possible for a dog to wear one most of the day. I had no answer. I gave her the number of a dog behaviourist who specializes in aggressive dogs but beyond that...I don't know what my friend can do.