I am at my wits end, my 10 year old rescue dog has twice bitten my 3 year old grandson (he is also developmentally delayed) on the cheek. The first time my grandson jumped on the dog while he was sleeping, he had a slight scratch on his cheek, the skin on his cheek was broken but not bruised. At that time i felt that my dog had just got a fright and that the jump had hurt him so he reacted. The second time my grandson was standing beside him, dog was alseep on sofa. I think that he must have leant on his paw or something and again my dog bit him again a small scratch but he did break the skin again.
I have care of all three of my grandchildren (under 6 years old0 and have explained to them to stay away from the dog and to be kind to him but i am a nervous wreck. Obvously my grandchildren are my priority but my dog has always been a kind loving dog who would never hurt a fly. I have had him for five years and my grandchildren only came to stay full time with me three months ago.
One of my sons has offered to take him temporarily but he works full time and the dog would be left alone all day which he is not used to.
it would be difficult to rehome a ten year old dog who has arthritis and needs medication.#
However i am also afraid that he might seriously hurt one of them next time whick would be devastating for everyone.
I dont know what to do, i live in a very small house so there is no where where i can lock the dog away from the children. i fear that if my back is turned that it could happen again.
Oh my gosh how did it get to be 5:00? The day sped by. Daughter has vacuumed her room but I should double check it. Otherwise we are prepped for carpet cleaners !! Lasagna is heating up in oven.