Hello, everyone! I've been lurking on this site for a while as a guest, and I see a lot of helpful advice come from users, so I thought I'd give it a try as well.
I adopted a bluetick coonhound about 3 months ago, 8 months old. He's extremely smart, lovable, and pretty well mannered. He came with the name Cody.
Now here's the thing. My daughter is 3 years old and is really good with animals, and I ALWAYS supervise the two of them, but (and this happened twice now) sometimes when Cody is sleeping, if he's disturbed, he'll nip.
The first time he was in the middle of the floor and I was taking my daughter to brush her teeth and he let out this loud yelp (she didn't step on him, didn't even touch him) and nipped at her ankle. No broken skin, but I got worried and as a new rule, I've been training him to only nap in his crate (she knows that's the puppies "home" and not to touch it.)
I believe in positive training, no hitting, and so far it's been going good, but today we came home from the store and Cody was on the couch hidden in blankets so we didn't see him. My daughter sat on the couch (again, not on him, but by him) with her back to him and just like last time, he let out a loud yelp and bit her on the shoulder, this time breaking a layer of skin. Almost instantly he let go, jumped down and took a submissive stance whinning before I told him to go into his cage.
I don't think he's doing it on purpose, but my first priority is my daughters safety. He's never so much as growled at me or my husband when we woke him, but then again we make sure he knows we're there before touching him. He's a good dog otherwise, loves playing fetch with my daughter and he's my morning running buddy, but he also shows signs of past abuse (marks on his legs of missing fur, cowering at sudden movements, goes ape-**** when he sees a broom, and things like that.) Is there something more I could do, or would it be best to see if I can find him a new home? I'd hate to do that, but I have to do whats best for all of us, him and my daughter included.
Thank you all!