She is a Doberman (our family is very experienced with the breed so that isn't the problem) that is a little over a year. They have had her since she was about 5 weeks old due to being the runt (you couldn't tell by how huge she is now) and the mama dog rejecting her.
This dog is sweet....but, she is not a huge fan of DD. You can see it in her body language that DD's erratic (typical toddler) movements and random noises makes her very uncomfortable. She gets "that look". The look that says I am not comfortable with this and I make sure I keep DD away from her when she has that look. Actually I don't trust the dog as far as I can throw her so I NEVER leave DD alone in the same room with the dog. Despite this, literally 3 feet from me this dog has nipped at DD 3 times. She got her fingers lightly once and I was ANGRY. DD was not doing anything to actually warrant the nips, just near the dog and the one time the dog actually touched her with her teeth DD was standing by the dog's butt and slipped and fell down next to the dog's butt, not on the dog next to it...
I am super uncomfortable with this dog around DD...However, my mother is of the opinion that nothing will happen..I disagree, we don't go up to visit often but it makes visits very stressful when I am spending most of my time making sure DD doesn't close to the dog, or annoy the dog or try to take a toy from the dog or get near the dog when it is eating...see where I am going...
Personally, I think my mom got the dog from a bad breeder, it has had a myriad of health problems related to her urinary tract and I think some of the behavior is frankly just bad breeding. Dobies went through a time where bad breeding practically destroyed the breed and people have been working hard to breed the gentle behavior back into the dogs..
How would you handle this. Honestly, I wish they would just get rid of the stupid dog (this coming from a dog lover)..This dog is skittish and standoffish with strangers, she doesn't like kids and she is a major hyperactive mess. I can guarantee that they will never get rid of this dog though. I have told my mom it makes me very uncomfortable that the dog behaves the way it does around DD and my mom has agreed to my request that DD NEVER be alone with the dog but all the times the dog has nipped at DD I have been right there. So clearly being alone with the dog isn't the real issue..
I haven't been up to visit in a about a month and I don't even want to really go (for various reason this being one of them)...The dog stresses me out and she is really just annoying. My mom doesn't see the big deal I don't think and I am wondering when they will figure out this is a problem...when DD gets bit and needs stitches?