A dog may bite simply because he is startled and feels defensive. Babies and young children are also smaller than a lot of breeds. Dogs are pack animals and may see themselves as superior to the baby. Nipping the baby may be your pooch’s way of telling the baby who is boss.
How do you stop a dog from nipping at babies?
Have someone restrain the dog on a leash while you sit on a chair, holding baby on your lap and covering her head with a hand. (This shows your protectiveness of the new person in the house and also prevents your dog from nipping at baby’s ears.)
Should a dog be put down for biting a child?
In California, a dog that bites someone is not required to be put down since the owners of the dog are held liable for your injury – not the dog itself. Many of our clients would never open a dog bite case if they knew the animal was at risk of being euthanized.
What happens if my dog bites my baby?
Call the doctor if
The wound looks very deep or is on your child’s face (according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly two-thirds of animal-induced injuries among children four and younger are to the head or neck region). You can’t stop the bleeding after ten minutes of direct pressure.
Will my dog be protective of my baby?
Dogs have great relationships with children and are often protective of them, so it comes as no surprise that they are just as protective of babies, if not more. This is definitely a behavioral trait that needs to be looked at a bit more closely.
What to do about a dog that bites your child?
What do you do when your dog bites your child? First and foremost, remove the dog from the room and tend to your child. Perform necessary first aid, including stopping any active bleeding, thoroughly cleaning the wound, and covering it with a bandage.
Should you get rid of dog if it bites?
If your dog has a serious mental condition, or bites several times no matter how much training you give it, it may be time to remove him from your home. Dogs with mental conditions usually have to be euthanized.