My New Australian Shepherd Is Aggressive Towards Children And I Don't Know What To Do
(United States, IA )
My new Aussie pup Bandit is aggressive towards children and I don't know why. We recently got a new dog after our last Aussie passed away. Our last dog Josh never showed any signs of aggression the only time he ever growled was when he was near the end of his days and was having seizures. Josh was the most laid back dog I have ever met he was a gentle giant this new pup on the other hand is nothing like the last one. This pup wants to be near us all the time and acts like it's the end of the world when we leave him alone since he still is young he play nips at us which has earned me a couple of scars. I can deal with that but his worst trait which I unfortunately had to discover is his aggression towards children.
It started when we were at the dog park. A man and his young child had come in with a Cocker and Bandit instantly locked on to the child. He was creeping towards the kid and growling with his hair raised. I didn't think anything of it at the time and simply took him home. My younger sister has come over to stay with us for the week. She's about 6. She was sitting in the living room minding her own business nowhere near Bandit but he lunged at her snarling and barking. If I didn't push my sister out of the way he would have bitten her face but fortunately he only managed to grab ahold of her side.
Every time he sees my little sister he starts snarling and barking trying to get at her. We have to keep him on a leash most of the time and we have to use a muzzle.
I don't want to lose my baby boy could someone please help me?