To get rid of puppy?

(237 Posts)
chubbychipmonk Wed 23-Jan-13 13:12:44

Posting this on behalf on friend who doesn't know what to do.

She has a 4 yr old DD & 8 year old DS, is also in a relationship with DP who has 8 year old DD who stays at the house regularly.

She bought a Dalmatian puppy at Xmas who up until now has been playful & boisterous. She has been taking him to puppy classes & he seems to be training well. Last night however she was in the kitchen, heard a scream & found the dog had jumped up on DD & bitten her behind the ear whilst trying to retrieve a toy. Resulted in a hospital visit, tetanus jag & stitches.

Her DP (as well as his ex) now understandably don't want the dog round their daughter. My opinion is also that she should get rid of the dog as its too big a risk. However she has spoken to otherswho advise that the dog is merely being playful & she should persevere. Basically she just wants to see what the common consensus is, it's already causing arguments between her & DP. My opinion is she's being unreasonable to keep the puppy but what do others think?

Sinful1 Wed 18-Sep-13 11:02:44

If she doesn't get rid of or the DP can report it and have the dog destroyed as or has attacked a human

Crinkle77 Wed 18-Sep-13 09:28:31

It really annoys me that people buy puppies without thinking it through properly.

LadyMacbethWasMisunderstood Wed 18-Sep-13 09:14:58

Puppies are not unlike toddlers. Some bite when they get excited or teased. Also like toddlers they should be supervised when with children.

Your friend BVU not to have properly considered how this would all pan out and to supervise properly. But if she cannot cope and look after the puppy properly then rge sooner she rehomes the better.

I do think that her 'unreasonableness' is mitigated a bit by her taking him to training classes. She has obviously tried to do something.

BlatantRedhead Wed 18-Sep-13 08:33:02

Lol only just noticed how old this thread is!

BlatantRedhead Wed 18-Sep-13 08:32:15

We had a border collie who as a puppy bit my little sister (5 at the time). Sis had to have stitches, still has the scar. We had that dog for 14 years, she never did it again and was a wonderful dog.

Never ever ever leave children alone with an untrained/half-train puppy.

SilverApples Wed 18-Sep-13 08:07:00

Mama, why did you resurrect a zombie thread?
What was the point?

Mama1980 Wed 18-Sep-13 07:59:31

Words fail me
I got my dog springer x lurcher at 8 weeks from a accidental litter heading to rescue. I was told at the time that usually 12 weeks old s best for both socialisation and basic good manners. She needed masses of training and tlc, she was in a bad way when we got her.
she accidentally caught my 15 year old dds hand trying to get a toy and misjudged, she was about 16 weeks and drew blood. Never once did I consider not keeping her, it was a accident. She's now 2 devoted, well trained and soft as butter, but it has taken a lot of hard work.
The company aspect for the pup doesn't seem enough here, he's getting walked but what about held or fussed or played with? My girl adores company however will manage for about 6 hours quite happily now on the rare occasions its necessary (I filmed her to check blushgrin) but as Pup would have gone crazy.
Having said all that if your friend is going to remove the sooner the better for the pups sake confused

sniggy01 Thu 24-Jan-13 22:07:50

I think that they should rehome the dog for its own sake - it will only get worse as there is obviously hostility towards the puppy that will make him crave more attention. He's just a baby.
I have 2 dogs and would never leave either alone with mine or any children - although the dogs have never shown any aggresion. What so many people forget is at the end of the day they are animals and don't think like we do.
I'm quite sure this puppy was just playing but no one was monitoring this play and letting the puppy know its behaviour is not good.
I taught my children that if they wanted the game to stop with a puppy you have to turn away and ignore it - the more children scream,shout, roll on the floor the more the puppy thinks they are playing.
You just have to watch a litter of puppies playing to see they nip and bite each other - they yelp if it gets too rough and move away.

countrykitten Thu 24-Jan-13 21:52:37

Very many breeders will say 12 weeks and give first vacs too.

coffeeinbed Thu 24-Jan-13 20:15:44

Our breeder gave them at 8 for experienced dog owners and 9 for first timers.

Booyhoo Thu 24-Jan-13 20:13:29

8 weeks minimum. they learn vital behaviours and social skills in those last few weeks that can create problems later if it isn't allowed to happen. it really is a very important stage for the puppy.

chubbychipmonk Thu 24-Jan-13 20:06:11

How old are puppies meant to be when taken from their mother/ litter? (Never had a puppy, my dog is rescue dog so have no clue)

countrykitten Thu 24-Jan-13 19:15:07

Yes - depressing and shocking but all too commonplace. I have a rescued puppy farm breeding bitch whose pups would be taken from her at 4/5 weeks old and sold on to stupid, uncaring and ill educated people. And then she would be mated again. And again. The conditions she endured were beyond belief.

I wonder if this is a similar situation. sad

6 weeks old? She bought home a 6 week old puppy?

There's no more words.

ElsieMc Thu 24-Jan-13 18:44:37

My Springer Spaniel jumped up and caught my DD1 just under her eye when she was very young. He had got out into the garden and I had not noticed. It marked her and I felt so full of guilt for so long afterwards. It was my fault not the dogs -yet I was an experienced owner. We let him go to a breeder who would assess then rehome him for us. She rang me that evening and told me he was so hyper, despite our best efforts with exercise, that we had done the right thing.

Dalmations are big, powerful dogs and hard to train. It sounds to me as though this dog is incompatible with the family and it is kinder all round to rehome him. It would be so unfair for him to be the cause of such dispute and inevitable scapegoating.

chubbychipmonk Thu 24-Jan-13 18:24:32

Ok. . . Apologies to those who feel this information is being drip friend. Like I said, I posted this for a friend (who is a work colleague. . So it's kinda being drip fed to me too!).

Just to confirm:

The DP bought her the puppy, he paid for it, they travelled to Arran together & bought it.

I'm unsure how much research was done into the breeder/ litter

It was bought on 10th Dec, the puppy was about 6 weeks old when she bought him, he's now 14 weeks (if these dates don't add up don't shoot the messenger. . This is only what I've been told!)

She wasn't in work this afternoon but will get an update & let you all know the outcome.

FWIW I agree with the majority, very sad situation for the puppy & despite her best attempts at walking/ puppy classes etc the choice of dog was probably not thought through as well as should have been.

Booyhoo Thu 24-Jan-13 17:32:35

and shock @ 5 1/2 week puppy being taken from it's mum and siblings! fucking idiots! both buyers and sellers. angry

Booyhoo Thu 24-Jan-13 17:31:00

"My advice is to the puppy. Leave the bastards! "

best post of the thread! grin

OwlLady Thu 24-Jan-13 17:09:20

D0oinMeCleanin, it was Wildwood, Herne Common, Kent

StuntGirl Thu 24-Jan-13 16:32:00

Binary grin

Ullena Thu 24-Jan-13 16:17:29

Hopefully it will, once able sad

BinarySolo Thu 24-Jan-13 16:13:29

I agree this thread seems to be full of drip fed contradictions. My advice is to the puppy. Leave the bastards!

D0oinMeCleanin Thu 24-Jan-13 16:12:09

That would explain a lot of things, puppies need to stay with their mothers until 8 weeks old. This is where they start learning many important skills including bite inhibition. Removing them too early, especially to an inexperienced home almost always leads to behavior issues. This is why rescues prefer to put abandoned puppies in with other litters rather than hand rearing.

theodorakisses Thu 24-Jan-13 16:00:22

Sorry too, peace please. Carrot the foster pup said he wouldn't mind getting rid of the big black cat, it has scratched him and he wants something done now!

batteryhen Thu 24-Jan-13 15:54:21

Thanks Ullena. They were cute looking but I still didn't want to get too close!

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