Our dog is around 12-13 years old and we have had her since she was 6. She is very good for the most part but has started to sort of nip a little. I've never seen a mark on the skin...but I know it only takes one time.
We have taught our daughter how to act/be around her as much as we can (she is 3 1/2) and we warn others that come to our home to not let their kids bother the dog.... I even go as far as not having little kids over for the most part. I have tried crating her but she has some anxiety issues and chews her legs bloody. She's actually very calm (I know she's sounding like a typical small dog with the anxiety issue) she's a bichon poodle mix.
With that said the times she has acted nippy were mostly DDS fault...but not terrible things. One time it was taking her dog bone from her (bad...but she wanted to throw it so the dog would play fetch.. our dog doesnt play fetch but dd had seen this on tv)
In total these moments have only happened a handful of times. I can only thing of two times in the past.
Today's incident is what promted me to post. I was right there and able to see 100% what went down. We were sitting on the sofa, the dog sitting on one end, me on the other. The dog was about 3 or 4 inches from where you would reach your hand in the cushion if you were looking for something. DD went over there to get her necklace that she knew was in there, and the dog went for her hand. It was so quick that I didnt see 100% how the dogs mouth was, but I know it was a "nippy" incident. I first felt dds hand to see if I felt wetness to see if the dogs mouth went on her... it wasn't wet and there was no mark.
I know it only takes one time though... and I don't think any mother wants that. I love our dog, DD LOVEEEEEEEEEES our dog. She pets her very gentle and Im not sure why the dog went at her today like that. DD wasn't even moving that fast! We did have a friend of hers over to play today for three hours, but this friend that dd had over didn't bother the dog AT ALL. They did not even pet the dog or anything.... but maybe just having a kid here threw her off? I don't know. I just don't know what to do. I've heard of putting down a dog that bites. But does what she is doing really count? Do I try to find a home for her with no kids? What if I cant? I'll be honest that I have hoped she would pass in her sleep due to her age. She goes to the vet regularly (their also our groomer) and so I know there's nothing medical going on bothering her.
Our family is really inlove with this dog and I really hope you all can be gentle to your posts to me. I've very upset over this whole issue.