My husband has had his bulldog for 8 years. She has always been a great, though sometimes super needy, dog. Her aggression level is very low except when she feels a dog is getting out of line (playing too rough, being too annoying, acting aggressive, etc.). In those situations she will growl, bark, anr sometimes snap at the other dog. She has never bitten a dog or person, ever. All that said, I've never left her alone with Damien and any interaction between the two of them is closely supervised. I always think of those stories you hear about the loveable family dog hurting the baby/toddler. Thus far she has been wonderful with him, so affectionate and protective. She just wants to be near him whenever she can and it's been super sweet. We always tell her to be gentle (she knows that command very well) and also tell/show Damien how to be gentle too (he'll understand as he gets older). He loves to touch her face and holds on to her jowls and she just licks away at his hands.
Well tonight my husband admitted to me that during my nap yesterday, he had the two of them on the floor together. While holding Damien's hand, he was showing him how to pet her and stroke her fur. Apparently she growled at him (Damien), like her warning growl that she gives to other dogs. I figure she kinda views Damien has a puppy so perhaps she was warning him that she was annoyed or something. Or could it be that she likes interacting with him only when it's on her terms (she goes to him, not him coming to her) and feels he was invading her space. Either way, I don't like that she did that and it makes me even more nervous. My husband said that it makes him nervous as well. He suggested that maybe we need to set aside 5-10mins a day for Damien-Meaty interaction time so that he can be there to sit by her and keep her in check and I can be holding Damien so that I can protect him in the worst case scenario. By doing these interactions, he hopes that it will teach her how to behave with him and vice versa. I just don't know, maybe I am being too overly cautious and sensitive about the whole thing but l like I said, it makes me even more nervous for them to be around each other now that I know she has more of a potential to react aggressively toward him. Am I overreacting? (I was very calm about it when my husband and I talked about it, I'm not one to fly off the handle.)