How long have you had him and how much time has he had to adjust to you and your home? Did the rescue you got him from give you any suggestions? What did they tell you about his personality? I see several things I would do differently. I would not take a new rescue to a public area with a lot of strangers around. If I did, I would let him observe people from a distance. I would not tie him to a fence. I would not let strangers touch him, ever, especially children. There is no reason for anyone outside of your family to run up and pet him.
Take a step back. Keep him home or take him on walks where he won’t be forced to interact with a lot of strangers. Take time to get to know him. Teach him foundation obedience. If you aren’t sure about any of this, get a trainer.
Thankyou for your reply.
We are in the UK and he is from an adoption website. We have a Yorkshire Terrior too so had taken him to meet him prior bringing him home. This was not the first dog we went to see.
He was never in a Dog Shelter and comes from a loved place - his privious owner passed away, unexpectedly at a young age. We got him from one of his owners friends, who had 3 other dogs.
I have certainly learnt the lesson not to let kids pet him, particularly this lot who tbh are not the best behaved.
I guess my question is, how do you know if a dog would bite? I know, this is a very open question.. But, maybe someone could give me some clues?
Does lunging lead to bites? Or, is it always a warning sign?
The scene was alike to Beauty and the Beast when the villagers are all taunted the beast!