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GMD: Biting Dog

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Jessica and Jacob had a daughter together before they got a divorce. Jessica bought a dog after the divorce and the dog recently bit their daughter. Jacob thinks the dog is dangerous and wants Emily to get rid of it. Emily thinks he’s trying to get back at her for divorcing him and that the dog won’t bite again.  

Slacker thinks Jacob may be projecting anger towards the dog because Jessica chose to divorce him. He thinks it depends on the dog for whether it will bite their daughter again. He doesn’t think he should be able to dictate that much of her life.

Steve thinks it sounds like the daughter brought on herself by possibly agitated the dog. He thinks they should keep the dog and that it was a onetime incident. He thinks if she wants the dog she should be able to make the choice of keeping it or getting rid of it when it comes to her daughter’s safety.

Should she keep the dog or get rid of it?

I have a dog that bit my brother when we were younger because he snuck up on her.  My parents let her keep her and she is now 12 years old and hasn’t bitten another person. I personally think she should give the dog a chance depending on it’s behavior after the bite. I don’t think the dog would bite her again but you never know.

Signed,
Intern Courtney
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04/24/2014 3:24PM
GMD: Biting Dog
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04/24/2014 3:39PM
Is Jacob saying he loves his daughter more?
It seems that Jacob is ultimately acting as though he loves his daughter more than Jessica. Mothers are typically much more protective than fathers. If she thought there was a threat to their daughter, I'm sure she would get rid of the dog in a heart beat.
04/24/2014 3:42PM
Scooby Stays unless he bites again and Jacob's hostility go's
Scooby should be allowed to stay. As it sounds on the show, it was an isolated incident, and Scooby is a part of the family. Jacob's voice sounds so hostile about the situation that it reads deeper than just the fact that the dog bit Lily. If the dog bites again I would have to get rid of the dog. People are really beating Jessica up, and I think Scooby should get a second chance and we(listeners) do not know the severity of the bite or the situation.
04/24/2014 3:57PM
dog stays
All dogs have the potential to bite. The daughter needs to be taught what to do and not to do around dogs and dogs need to be trained.
04/24/2014 4:00PM
for steve
Since you agreed with jacob are you now going to get rid of your family dog? There is that chance it could bite one of the kids
04/24/2014 4:16PM
All Dogs can bite
All dogs can bite at anytime. There is a difference between biting and attacking. Also there are different situations and reasons dogs bite. I called in earlier and my daughter (Lily) was attacked and had her ear sliced in half and puncture wounds. Now, I love my daughter more than anything and we have a huge dog. For your daughter, not sure how bad the bite was. But it sounds like it was a nip or very moderate. Also, Lily scared or teased the dog causing the dog to react. To me that is the persons fault. If the dog did it again I would look at the situation again. I understand Jacob is concerned, but instead of giving ultimatums and trying to tell Jessica what she has to do is remember, he has no say right what she does at her own home. I am on Jessica's side on this, just because a dog bites once doesn't mean he will bite again or he wont. Any dog can bite at anytime and this is a risk of owning a dog. I thought about it over an over again that I wanted that dog dead that bit my daughter, but after I evaluated what happened it was the owners fault that their dog bit my dog. They should of not had that dog at a children s soccer game and should have paid more attention to it. Best thing to do is maybe take the dog to training or yes you could get rid of the dog. But what do we teach a child by just getting rid of their dog? When the things get tough do we give up? Pick your battles Jacob.
04/24/2014 4:17PM
All Dogs can bite
All dogs can bite at anytime. There is a difference between biting and attacking. Also there are different situations and reasons dogs bite. I called in earlier and my daughter (Lily) was attacked and had her ear sliced in half and puncture wounds. Now, I love my daughter more than anything and we have a huge dog. For your daughter, not sure how bad the bite was. But it sounds like it was a nip or very moderate. Also, Lily scared or teased the dog causing the dog to react. To me that is the persons fault. If the dog did it again I would look at the situation again. I understand Jacob is concerned, but instead of giving ultimatums and trying to tell Jessica what she has to do is remember, he has no say right what she does at her own home. I am on Jessica's side on this, just because a dog bites once doesn't mean he will bite again or he wont. Any dog can bite at anytime and this is a risk of owning a dog. I thought about it over an over again that I wanted that dog dead that bit my daughter, but after I evaluated what happened it was the owners fault that their dog bit my dog. They should of not had that dog at a children s soccer game and should have paid more attention to it. Best thing to do is maybe take the dog to training or yes you could get rid of the dog. But what do we teach a child by just getting rid of their dog? When the things get tough do we give up? Pick your battles Jacob. Don't blow things out of proportion man, stuff happens.
04/25/2014 2:33PM
Angry at Ex and looking for problems
Happened to me! Was concerned of possibility of it recurring. Took the dog to training. NEVER reacted aggressively again. Compromise and take the dog to aggressiveness training. Jacob parents but moves on!
04/25/2014 6:50PM
Not worth the risk
What kind of dog us it? This makes a difference. Some breeds are highly risky for bites that cause severe injury. I'm a doctor and have seen some terrible dog bites causing irreversible, disfiguring injury. My personal opinion: if it's a pit, Rottweiler, Shepard, etc it's not worth the risk. The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. Jessica better hope if she keeps it the dog doesn't harm her child because that would be a hell of a thing to live with. I'm with Jacob.
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