I need some advice regarding our staffy; he is 13 years old and very obedient. When my son was born he was very protective of him; he was next to his side a lot etc. My son is now 2.5 and now there is a 4 months old baby as well which he is extremely protective of. He been growling at visitors and a few times to our son.
Our dog as far as I believe is a very good nature dog and I been totally happy for him to be around the kids. Yesterday he suddenly growled and made a lash out to our son. Nothing happen but I feel a bit shocked and a bit worried...obviously we since then been trying to put him in his place. Firstly we throw him outside (he is a indoor dog) and shut the door. When he was allowed in he wasnt allowed to be in the same room as us, wasnt allowed up on the sofa etc.
what tactics should we use to make sure that he knows that this is not acceptable. Any tips or hints etc would be greatly appreciated.
As a general I think our dog is very obedient; but he is a part of our family of the things we do. we give him food after we been eating; he has to work for his treats; not allowed in the kitchen when we are cooking etc; we always enter the door first; he gets lots of walks (except lately as I just had a baby - so not as longs walks )