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How can I detach myself legally from the actions of my husbands dog

husband insists on keeping Rottweiler against my better judgment.dog nips at kids friends. husband gets mad and says dogs just want attention. gets mad at children for not playing with the dog.

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In some states here in the U.S. ignoring obvious signs of an aggressive animal is considered child abuse. Sit that husband of yours down, and put it plainly to him. Either the dog goes, or you and your children do. If he still won't budge, leave! Maybe then he'll take you seriously. How many more children need to get maimed or killed until we all wake up to the fact that some breeds don't need to be near our children!

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Well said, Rusty!
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sounds nuts but make him sign a waiver, or give you a waiver i should say

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What is a waiver going to do?
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nothing,but showing you are serious,if a owners spouse is present they are responsible for the safety of any visitors
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Read my comment.
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i'd watch incase the dog goes for one of the children nips that seems harmless may lead to something worse.to me the signs your talking about sounds like it doesnt like kids so talk to your husband before its too late and tell him to take a step back and watch the signs of the dog and convince him the dog isnt good with kids. good luck :)

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Go to the friends tell them you don't trust the dog around their kids. If that dog got aggressive an adult would be hard pressed to stop it. They are 80-100lbs of muscle. If it nips got to ask; is it still in puppy mode? In that case then it is the fault of whomever is training it.
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It's his dog he should walk it and play with it. I would keep the kids away from the dog until he has learned not to nip. The dog needs obedience training. Enroll your husband and his dog.

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Sounds like your husband cares more about the dog than his family's well being. Sorry you have to deal with that. Tell him it's me and the kids or its the dog but not both. Then you'll se who's more important to him.

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Tell him to listen to you and your kids unless he really thinks the dogs more important and one day when he's not home sell the dog....you can always get a new one

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If both your names are on your homeowners insurance then Both of you are responsible. If you are a renter, your renters insurance should cover this. BUT, If you are married, together, and have everything in both your names YOU are equally on the hook responsibility wise.

It is your HUSBANDS responsibility to train, and manage his dog. If it is somehow said it is YOUR responsibility, then YOU must either train or dispose of the dog.

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Be strong about keeping your kids away from the dog. Tell your husband if he wants the dog to be included, he will need to train it to stop biting.

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I agree with Jackie. Tell him if he wants to keep the dog, he has to train the dog to be a good dog. It's never too late to train him.

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In every state that I know of, you would be held equally liable. Additionally, if you are aware that an animal has the propensity to bite, but do nothing to prevent the animal from coming into contact with a potential victim (such as removing the animal from the room, installing a fence that the animal cannot go over/under, or simply having the animal leashed), and then that animal does bite or cause any injury (such as jumping and knocking someone down, scratch, etc.) then you and your husband may be charged criminally (often a felony) for wreckless endangerment. I suggest you contact your local police and/or an attorney regarding what your responsibilities and liabilities are should your animal cause injury or harm. Also, many states have very specific laws regarding particular breeds that are considered "aggressive" such as pit bulls and rottweilers.

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Give it to him straight. Me or the dog. If you don't want to do that, make him crate the dog when the kids or friends are around. You can also choose to get an outdoor run for the dog so that when the kids or your friends are around, he can go outdoors. Otherwise, go find yourself a lawyer.

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Make sure your husband understands that if the dog bites a child, you will be sued and will lose your assets (house).

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This guy sounds like a piece of work...
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I'd get rid of it. The father is probably not home enough to see the pattern clearly, or else he's a fool.
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Get divorced

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...and take the kids. Now.
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Since you're married I don't think you can exclude yourself from anything. If he refuses to get rid of dog just take extreme precautions when other people are around, Id try obedience classes, but if all else fails then the dog has to be kept away from anyone it could harm or it has to find a new home.

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Legal responsibility is one aspect of the problem. The more important and immediate aspect is the safety of your children--regardless of legalities. Get them out of the house and in with relatives or friends until the dog is gone.

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