How old is your pup?
I would be very concerned but really would need to know so much more before I could really even begin to make much in the way of comments good or bad.fletcher99 said:I have a dilemma and need some sound advice.
We had a dog for 14 years that passed away about 8 months ago. We have a 3-1/2 year old daughter whom adored the dog as much as I did. We decided to get another dog and got a pup about 7 months ago.
We have a personal dog trainer and and he has done great. He even will sit, down and stay when my daughter tells him to.
My concern is that on 3 occasions he has snapped at my daughter. They were a cause-effect of her doing toddler things. Most of the time she is really well behaved but as any parent knows, its hard to watch the child and pup 100 percent of the time. The most recent snap resulted in my daughter having her tooth chipped. I guess their teeth collided.
We love the dog very much, but are concerned. The safety of out child comes first. Has anyone else gone through this?
I completely agree with this. I would never leave a toddler unsupervised with any dog. If I couldn't watch the dog, the dog would be crated or gated in another room. I have seen what toddlers think is cute to do dogs. Sometimes their curiousity get the best of them and they like to pull or poke. Dogs don't generally like that. Puppies don't see that as anything else but stirring the pot of play.JavasMom said:If you've ever seen young dogs/pups play with each other, they can be a bit rough and often their mouths are open. This can result in accidental scratches and nicks. A 3 1/2-yr-old is too young to appreciate how to handle a puppy. Sometimes they squeeze too hard, pet too hard or hit.
Puppies can't distinguish between play and normal toddler behavior. I would keep him in a separate area or in his crate if someone can't be in the room to supervise. You want every interaction with your daughter to be a positive one for your pup - and having her tell him to sit and reward him with a treat is a great way to start. I can't imagine how busy your household must be with both a toddler and a puppy!