Well, Bruce did it again (snarled/lunged at my toddler as he walked by him) today only this time he was wide awake. He is not fond of my toddler walking up to him or by him when he is resting at my feet. So he is either “protecting me” from my little one or he is trying to ascend one rung of the ladder in the pack by attempting to dominate him.
I have been reading dog training books like they are going out of style and I have been e-mailing back and forth with a professional dog handler that I met through a message board that I participate on regularly. I’ve been keeping her posted what we are doing and she has said that we are doing all the right things and to just keep doing them.
But what we have here is an established problem now, one that his former owners could not have foreseen as they had never ever had him around small children, so we have to either figure out how to extinguish this behavior all together, and we are doing everything possible to do just that, or we will have to unfortunately give Brucie back to his former owners.
We may be consulting a professional dog behaviorist/trainer. I have decided that I better avoid making any blanket statements with regard to Bruce from here on out. I just hope we can work out his issues.