Re: Growling at children
It sounds to me as if your dog is guarding what he believes to be his. His cage, you. Does he do this with toys or food?
He may think his social status is higher than it is. You can work on this by controlling all of his resources and making him earn privileges. You can also let your son do some of his feeding. Your son can tell him to sit and wait while his food bowl is put down. If you are free feeding - (bowl full and available all day) stop now and go to 2 feeding times a day. Bowl is put down and taken away 10 minutes later whether the food is gone or not.
Your son can tell him to sit and wait at the doorway before he gets to go outside.
He is not allowed on furniture until he understands his pkace in your home
He who controls access to resources - the things the dog wants like food, outside, attention, resting places etc, is the guy with the upper hand socially.
If you feel like Deisel is dangerous use a muzzle. If you are that afraid of what he would do and you cannot or will not work with him, re-home him or put him down. Harsh words but if you let this continue and he bites (he may never bite) you may regret it.
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