Hello Christine, I'm Dr. Deb and I'll do my best to help you today. I think it's prudent for you to be cautious of your dog around your son if he's never been around children before. I do have a few questions to ask about Wolfy's situation first, if you don't mind:1. Is he crate trained?2. Is he obedience trained?3. Has he ever growled or shown aggression towards anyone?
There may be a delay after I receive your answers since I have to type up a response to you and I may be offline at the time you respond. But I'll get back to you as soon as I can since I'm on the computer some part of every day.
Thanks for your patience. Deb
Yes, he is crate trained.
Yes, he completed obedience training as a puppy and is pretty reliable with commands except when excited.
He once growled at a stranger who approached me when we were out walking years ago. Aggression? my nephews teased him once when he was in his crate and he barked. My nephews are 6 and 4, never around dogs and I yelled at them for it.
I'm worried that by crating him I'll make him resentful. WHen he gets too close to the baby (when the baby is in an exer saucer) I'll ask him to go outside which he loves or to go to his house. He'll obey, but lately I've noticed that when he wants to go out and I'm not ready or don't want him to, he'll go and stand next to the baby and lick him! Yes, he has me figured out and I'm trying to get the upper hand.
Thank you for putting my mind at ease. I will definitely try your suggestions.
Christine, You're welcome and thanks so much for the rating; it's greatly appreciated. I hope you'll keep me posted about this situation. I don't expect major changes in a short period of time, but I can check back in with you in several weeks and you can let me know how it's going. Even though you've rated, we can still continue to communicate at no additional charge to you.. I'll send you a follow up email to which you can respond when you have the time to do so.Good luck, Deb