Hi,, our dog (small poodle cross) gets very excited around our baby. He does alot of sniffing and licking which isnt ideal, but we let it happen for a bit (watching them like a hawke). However this eventially turnings into mouthing/light nipping and then we have to seperate them before it escalates).
Given our baby is becoming more mobile (not yet crawling) this is going to become a big problem because it will be harder to seperate them all the time.
Any suggestions on how I deal with this.. I obviously need to work out a consistent way of handling this situation without the baby becoming a negative for the dog.
We have tried a play pen, but the dog gets quite anxious when he is seperated from the baby and there are bars.. he just tries to get to the baby.
I think we need a way to let the dog know that he is doing the wrong thing - this is one time when I am unable to "ignore" bad behaviour.
Thanks for your suggestions.