Lunging at Small Children
(Dover Plains, NY)
I have a 5 year old male Aussie (Tucker) who is great with older children (6 and up) but is very uncomfortable around toddlers. It was never an issue in the past because I did not have any friends or family with toddlers.
My brother is adopting two foster children ages 3 and 4. At Thanksgiving, Tucker lunged at the boy and nipped at his clothes for no reason... the boy was just standing there.
Could it be that Tucker is threatened by the eye contact because they are at the same eye level? I hate having to lock him in my room every time my brother comes over but I don't know what else to do.
Any suggestions on how to fix this or why he is doing it would be greatly appreciated.