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Old 07-29-2018, 09:01 AM
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Aggressive Mouthing

My dog will lick my roommate's daughter hand and then quickly and quitely snarl and mouth her hand. She doesn't apply pressure and hasn't fully bit the child. She has growled and expressed that my dog does want to be pet by her before. Most of the time the child's face is a few inches from my dogs, and the child constantly follows and it trying to be around my dog.

My dog is an Australian Shepherd and Labrador mix. She is 5 years old and most of the time well behaved. She is protective of me with other dogs, but generally fine in the park. I give her plenty of exercise as often as I can.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions please ask. I'm worried she will progress to a full bite.
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Hi Mtrejba,

Welcome to the Dog Forum.

First, I would strongly suggest that you carefully study the resources in this thread and share them with the child's parent:

https://www.dogforum.com/general-dog...s-dogs-115969/

Based on what you have written, a dog bite is imminent, which of course means that the child will be scarred and Animal Control will take and euthanize your dog. If the child is too young to understand that she can't keep following the dog, you need to physically separate the child from the dog at all times, as in closed doors and physical barriers.

Your dog is throwing out ALL KINDS of warning signals that she's fed up with the child and about to bite. That doesn't mean that you've got an aggressive dog. It means that the dog's patience has been sorely tested.

I have the most gentle, most easy-going dog that you can imagine. But, he's now a senior. He's become blind, hard-of-hearing, and arthritic. About half a year ago, the small child of a friend tried to pet him. My dog started to move forward, and the child followed and continued to try to pet him. My dog turned and snapped at the child. The whole incident took less than two minutes. The child was not doing anything "wrong," but I think he just hit a sore spot. That's the last time I've ever let a child approach my dog.

Again, carefully study the videos and articles in that thread. You're right. A bite is going to happen. You and the child's parent have to do everything you can to prevent it.
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Among the articles in that thread, here's one worth reading:

Why Supervising Dogs and Kids Doesn’t Work | Robin Bennett

When my dog snapped at that child, I was talking with his parents in the park. My dog was on leash. His family owns a dog, and the child was accustomed to petting his own dog. We were all watching and "supervising." None of us quite realized that my dog was in distress until he turned and snapped.
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Thank for the info, I will start reading at this moment.
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