Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Central Virginia
Re: get rid of dog?
If your dog is showing any sign of aggression over food/bones, you are MUCH better off getting rid of it. Talk to an ER nurse or doctor about the # of dog bites on kids' faces they see, and how horrifying this is.
I'm a dog lover but had to choose between my dog and my kid--no contest. A toddler and a dog are just a bad mix UNLESS it is the kind of dog that LOVES to be jumped on, fallen on, etc. Any time a dog demonstrates aggression toward a human, however, you are looking at a serious disciplinary issue and one that will take time and energy you really don't have until your kids are grown more. Let go now, admit it was a mistake, communicate to your husband that you appreciate his willingness to give it a try and hope this failure won't prevent a future attempt at dog ownership when the kids are grown some.
Next time, get a hardier breed which can happily spend more time outside, to reduce tension. Keep the dog in when dh is out, and out when dh is in. While dogs love to be around people, it is not essential for their happiness to be close 24/7 (and remember how much and how easily they sleep!). Good luck.