My 20 month old son has recently become very aggressive toward our dog. Whenever he walks by her, he steps on her foot, pulls her hair or squeezes her tail. Thankfully, she is very sweet and usually walks away. But no matter how sweet, she is a big animal (85 lbs!) and may snap.
We've tried modeling good behavior, ie "Mocha is a sweet dog. We love Mocha. We pet her gently." That works for about 5 minutes. Keeping them in separate rooms doesn't work either. They cry or bark to be together. Any advice on how to redirect my son or protect the dog is welcome!
His recommendation was to keep a close eye on the dog. If she seemed at all stressed, to put her away somewhere so she could have some peace.
We never had a problem, but it is always a possibility. I am almost as protective of my dogs as I am of my baby, so I am always vigilant that nothing happens.
We have another dog that he can pull on, walk on, ride on, etc. and I have no doubts that she will always be safe.
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