Help please. Has anyone got any tips or had experience with a 2 yr old staffy boxer cross constantly mouthing a young child? Our dog is 2 yrs old & is a rescue dog which we have had for 7 wks. He has stopped mouthing me (I tickled the roof of his mouth each time he mouthed me which made him stop) but I can't get him to leave my child alone.
Is this behaviour a dominance thing, an anxiety display or could it also be lack of enough exercise/stimulation? He seems to be a bit highly strung but we are the 3rd family that he has lived with that we know about. His original family, the foster family & then us.
I need to get this behaviour in check before it escalates to actual biting.
We are seasoned dog owners, having both had dogs all our lives but obviously we now have a small child which changes things dramatically. I feel like I have been rash & irresponsible by adopting this dog but I trusted the info given to us at the time & in hindsight I should of insisted on more than 1 meet & greet & for a longer period of time.
I can see that he would be great with older/bigger children but Definately not smaller kids.
What can I do to stop the mouthing?