Sorry for how long… A little background -
3 yr old BLM “Eddie”, full time house dog, very good OB dog, not so hot hunt test dog, very slow to mature. Normally the sweetest boy, who loves to cuddle even with our older dog. Most of the time it is just Ken and I around but when the kids, grand kids and young nieces and/or nephews come, both dogs have always been very friendly and Eddie is a kisser and plays with them all. Eddie is not the friendliest with other dogs though, not all dogs but he has snarled and lunged at some. He has never actually been in a fight with any and gets along very well with our older dog. He does have a bad habit of doing a like half whine, half bark noise at me and rubbing his teeth on my hand when I tell him something he doesn’t want to do but he has never ever left a mark and he will do a puppy pounce and do what he was told.
So the other night my 6 year old granddaughter, Cloe, spent the night. She has stayed with us numerous times without any issues. She does not tease the dogs, she gives them treats and she will even put them through some OB exercises. Both dogs are normally very sweet to her and they even help put her to bed with kisses and wagging tails. So it is around 10 PM, Ken has gone to bed, I at the table, dogs are laying in the family room and Cloe is lying on the couch in the same room. I can see her perfectly and am only about 15 feet away, open concept. Her arm is hanging off the couch. Eddie gets up, and walks over to Cloe, tail wagging and gives her a little kiss. Cloe reached out with her other had to the other side of Eddie’s head and kind of leans to see the TV. In a flash there was snarling and teeth flashing and Eddie was on top of her. She screamed, I ran and kicked him square in the side, Scrubs even jumped between him and Cloe. It was loud enough of an attack that it woke Ken who knew that it wasn’t good. Eddie knew he was wrong. His body language was clearly submissive and apologetic, if a dog can be apologetic, afterwards. Lots of crying but he did not break the skin. He did leave welts and a red streak down her forehead along with a bent pair of glasses. Ken took him outside and we kept him separated from Cloe for the rest of the night. He was his normal friendly self the next day and Cloe said she still loved him and he was still her friend.
I don’t know what to think… Ken is talking that we need to put him down (I’d hate to do that) or keep him locked up when the kids are here but I’m afraid that may make him worse and sometimes they just show up. Biggest problem is I don’t know what set him off! I’m just looking for ideas as I’m sure others have dealt with similar situations. Thanks in advance…