Terrified of my own dog

by Jamie

My husband and I purchased two German Shepherds last April. We have two small children, one of which is five and the other is four. Our five year old is full of love, she wants to cuddle the dogs like crazy. Our four year old is very active, he wants to pull the dogs tail, drag the dog around, wrestle around..

Well one of the dogs got ran over and passed on. We have one left, he is one now and weighs about 100 lbs. I am terrified of him. From a pup he would always jump up on me and play. Now that he's older he still wants to do those things but when I try to push him away or tell him to sit, he becomes more demanding and pushes me around. He also tries to nip at my hands, I think in a playful sort of way, I'm not sure though. I am scared of big dogs anyway, and now that he's getting to be huge, I am scared for my children and myself. I have the feeling that he is going to harm us. Rip us to shreds one of these days.

My husband does not understand why I feel this way, he is totally in love with the dog and does not want to hear these concerns I have. He thinks I'm making it up, or that I hate the dog. I don't know what to do.

I know I almost had a panic attack about a week ago. My fear is so intense I don't know where to begin to describe it. How do I solve this one?

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