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Dame Aussie

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  1. Thanks for your replies. I appreciate everyone's honesty. The home we were looking at for him is on a farm with an older couple who have no children, that was the only reason we considered rehoming him there. Would this change your opinion? I really appreciate everyone's thoughts, I feel so torn here as I'm so close to it all. I do understand though, it can't be guaranteed that he would never come into contact with a child. The thing that's making this so hard is that he has been around children before with no problems. He loves them. This makes me think that if we get through the crawling/toddler stage maybe we'll be ok? But I'm also aware that by the time she's big enough to be considered a person to him he will be older and considering his breed getting nearer to the end of his life and possibly more intolerant/grumpy.
  2. He's always been fabulous with older kids. That's what surprised us so much. But yes you're right, the consequences could be serious
  3. I won't lie I'm really struggling I keep thinking we should do more training but then I'm terrified we'll slip up and if he hurt her then rehoming wouldn't be an option anymore. I can't decide what to do. I can't stop crying
  4. Well unfortunately things haven't improved here. After getting some professional advice and trying to make his interactions with her positive etc, plus keeping them seperated we were going ok, but this weekend he growled again and bared his teeth at her and she wasn't even touching him. At this point we could do further training and management, but I feel that the risk of something going wrong is just too big given his size (50kg). We've had a full vet check and he's fine health wise. I am in touch with a rescue group who is going to see if they have a home with no children that might suit him. If not we will have to look at our options, of which there aren't many. I'm absolutely heartbroken.
  5. I don't think it's rocking the boat to ask the dog be locked up while he's there
  6. So all the same restrictions as currently but at least they won't be trying to seize and destroy family pets. It's a good step!
  7. Thanks guys. Ruralpug we did have baby in a pen but now I've got said pen in a line across the open plan kitchen/living area so baby is on one side and dogs are on the other, it can be used in different configurations. Baby was starting to get upset when in the pen which is why we gave her more room but I could change it back maybe Bullbreedboy yes we want them to be able to be around each other, supervised of course, and they had been doing fine until she started crawling. I don't want them to associate her with anything negative if possible. I'll update once we have seen the behaviorist :)
  8. Thanks espinay Things are going well, no growling since I posted. We have contacted a behaviourist and just waiting to hear back now
  9. And yes he has made it clear he's not comfortable and given a few warnings rather than just biting, I'm very thankful for that.
  10. He'll be spending more time outside yeah, only problem is that with his breeds he's a real barker. Showdog the main stuff we did before baby arrived was getting them used to the baby gates and being sectioned off in the house (they had free run before).
  11. He was checked fairly recently and 8s healthy. I can take him for another check up though, that's no problem. I agree he probably just finds her weird and confronting now she's moving. I'm happy to manage it and get advice, I just worry it won't get better and I don't want to risk a bite. The OH has agreed to work on it before rehoming Thanks for all the advice guys much appreciated
  12. I was thinking of just managing it till she is a bit older but my husband would prefer rehoming. We do have a friend who is happy to take him for a while but she has kids (he has met them and likes them) and I'm just terrified he might decide he's not a fan and have a go. This dog has been pretty much bulletproof so we're really thrown by this.
  13. Thanks guys, our house is open plan so very hard to completely seperate them at all times with more than one gate. Unless we put him in a room with the door closed. Plus its just me home with the baby during the day so only I can supervise. We're seriously considering rehoming him which absolutely breaks my heart. It's what my husband wants to do
  14. I can't believe im even writing this As some of you know we have an Anatolian x Maremma I adopted from the pound as a pup. He is now almost 8 years old and we are having issues with him since our daughter started crawling. He has been great with her up until the last couple of days, where he has been growling at her if she comes near him. Obviously we don't let her bother him and they are always supervised, but even when she is on the other side of a baby gate he has growled at her. It has been when she has approached where he is (seperated by a gate) and also when she has been still but near him and looking at him. When I say near him I mean say a metre or so away with us. It has been both a low warning growl and a sharp barky growl as he got up to move away from her. They are seperated and obviously never left alone. He has always been great with people and other dogs and normally loves little kids, and we're so upset that this is happening. I don't believe he would bite her but I'm just so worried he could and he is a big boy (50kg). I get the feeling he is disturbed by the fact she is mobile now and he may just get used to it, but how will I know when and if he is safe for her to be around? I am going to contact a trainer as soon as possible, but money is tight with me at home and I'm wondering if anyone has any advice/insight? :( Thanks guys
  15. It doesn't seem to be different in other rooms perse. She was outside before but not for long so hard to say, I'll put her out for a bit longer and see if it clears up. No doggles, are they just goggles?
  16. Hi guys, Just hoping for some ideas... Today I noticed Lili had very red, cloudy eyes and was squinting and keeping them closed a lot. Quite watery too. We went to the vet and she ruled out ulcers/dry eye etc and so we're treating for a reaction with antihistamines and cream. Thing is, when we were at the vet her eyes cleared up a lot and now we're home they're red again. I'm trying to think of what it could be. We haven't changed washing powders or anything like that. I did have a present sitting on the table for my mum which was white musk perfume and the shopkeeper had sprayed the same on the tissue paper in the gift bag so I've taken that outside. We also have grassland near us wth lots of canola flowers. Would it be either of those things? I cant think of anything else!
  17. This is pretty much my take on it. Both parties are benefiting, are they not? If you arent happy with how PR run, don't work with them?
  18. Thank you. Also, I agree with Gruf and Woof. They've said it better than could so nothing to add there, except that I would love to have a grey one day and know lots of people who already have them and would like to continue having them. I don't think they will become extinct and I also don't assume every person who might want to continue breeding them as pets is a scumbag BYB who doesn't care about health or temperament.
  19. Why hasn't your vet actually tested for diabetes, thyroid problems etc? If your dogs do have these issues they need to be treated, and by doing so hopefully it will help with their weight also.
  20. Me too. I know it's not the legal way but stuff that. I think he should be able to prove the dog should be with him as he cared for and desexed it and she left the country. It will help if it was registered under his name with the council too. What a bitch
  21. We were in this exact situation but luckily the attacking dog decoded to back 0ff after my dog and husband both went back at it. It happens too much. People are morons
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