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Q. Our 3 year old Shih-tzu bit my daughter in the lip last week. My wife wants to get rid of the dog, I do not. What should we do?
I have a 3 year old Shit-zu and a 1 1/2 year old little girl. The dog bit her upper lip yesterday when she hugged him. My wife now wants to get rid of the dog and I don?t. I will if I have to but I don?t want this to happen. Will neutering the dog correct his aggression? What does neutering the dog do, slow him down? Please help!

Ron

A. Neutering will mellow some dogs, (not all). I would recommend that the dog have some serious obedience training with a prong collar.

If you would like to learn something about the principles of obedience training a dog, read the description for my video Basic Dog Obedience. You will probably find that you have not had the full picture on the steps of training a dog must go through before it can be considered fully trained. You can also read why I am not a fan of taking an untrained dog to obedience classes.

You should also read my article on Dealing with a Dominant Dog.

I would also get a dog crate and keep this dog crated when the baby is down. Keep the two of them separated for awhile and if the dog even growls at the baby it needs to have its butt corrected so hard that it thinks it is going to die. It MUST UNDERSTAND that it is the lowest pack member in the family.

The odds are that the baby did learn a little lesson (which it should not have had to learn) and will stay away from the dog. But I would also scold the baby for going near the dog. When the child is older they can be friends, now you must keep them separated.
  
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