The problem is..you don't know if something has happened in the home he was in before you got him. Did a child hurt him...tease him etc.
Training is one thing...behavioural modification is another thing!
I dont mean any disrespect Clea, I'm sure you know alot more about dogs than I do but I cant imagine a dog execting a puppy as 'pack leader' why would it exept a baby or very young child?
It is up to us humans to make sure dog sees baby/child as "pack leader by proxy" if you get what I mean! If the humans establish themselves as "pack leaders"...baby SHOULD automatically be "pack leader" by proxy!
A child of any age can put food in a dogs bowl under parental supervision.
3 years is not too young.
he has fed Doug on one occasion, before this happened and he was fine with him,there was no growling or anything, it was just like when we feed him.
I think there must have been something that happened to him before we got him, i contacted the guy i brought him off and he said he was fine with all of the kids around him, could it just be my son? we got Doug to smell our baby boy who is 5 1/2 months and seemed okay, but maybe because his a baby and not a small child running around.
so Nash feeding Doug would help with the respect side, and show Doug that Nash and our other baby are higher up than him?
She NEVER repeat NEVER growled, mouthed or bit a child EVER!!!! And I would have made some serious decisions then and there to prevent it from reoccurring and to make sure the children were in NO DANGER WHATSOEVER!
To socialise her with the children I would ALWAYS SUPERVISE and make sure they were really really gentle with her. I would never force her to interact with them as I found this would make the situation worse. IMO a muzzle would have also.
I did not put a muzzle on her around the children however I was in a very different situation to what you are in now...she never bit a child.
She eventually got to the stage where she would sleep in there bedroom when they stayed the weekend every fortnight and she would follow them around EVERYWHERE Please keep in mind this did not happen overnight!
DO NOT FORCE HIM TO INTERACT WITH YOUR CHILDREN IF HE FEARS THEM!
This could make the situation worse and possibly tragic.
Im sorry I cannot offer any more advice
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