Dogs With Babies

10 Replies
Erin1979 - January 14

Hi Ladies. My dd is 16 1/2 months old, and we have a 7 year old Sheppard x Husky. He was an awful chewer when he was a puppy, and we thought that it was all in the past until recently. Now, he is chewing all of our shoes, growling at my daughter (snapped at my hubby for scolding him when he growled at her) and generally being strange. I would love to get rid of him, but my DH insists on keeping him. I don't know what to do. Any suggestions on how to not make him so jealous, and stop his distructive behaviour? I worked in a vet clinic for 4 years when I was a teenager (so I have tried a few things) but I am hoping that someone will have a new idea for me. I'm at my wits end!!! Thanks

 

jb - January 14

The first thing you need to do is walk your dog. He needs to be walked daily. By walking him, he burns energy, feels useful and afterall, he needs it. I would not suggest forcing the dog to accept dd. If he is a danger to her, then he must be removed from the situation. Of course everyone will tell you not to leave dd alone with him (I know, common sense). Since you worked in a vet clinic before then you know when a dog lays on its back (upside down), they are in a submissive position. Only then should your dd approach him. What you can actually do, is 'pin him' in this position and show him you are dominant. Once he gets use to you AND dh doing it, then have dd come pet him. Truly the biggest key to the situation is walking him. I don't care if you have a 3 pound toy poodle or a 200 pound great dane. Dogs NEED to be walked everyday.

 

SonyaM - January 14

I'd get rid of him. It's not worth the risk. There was just a 10 year old girl killed in my city this weekend who was mauled by a pit bill. So sad. We unfortunately have a pit bull next to us and it scares the hell out of us. I can't let my kids play in the backyard unless I am right there and even then it scares me.

 

jb - January 14

I am not sure if you are familiar with "The Dog Whisperer" or not. Here is a link to some ineresting information about kids and dogs. w w w (dot)dogpsychologycenter.com/blog/Season3ep01.php (no dashes)

 

Felisha - January 14

yeah i was going to say the same about dog whisperer guy and its not the dogs fault her just need to be taught and shown that he is still pat of the family. that may help with the jealousy and yes as jb said walk him you should walk him accoring to his weight thoug the bigger he is the more energy he needs to burn. playing fisby is always a goo idea (i know its winter) but that can also turn into the family thing and when it gets warm and you take him on walks take your lo with you. I do have a question though when does the dog growl at the baby. you may be miss interpreting his growls he may be growling at you like when the baby cries or makes a noise or moves it may be a protection thing

 

aurorabunny - January 14

Sonya--JB is right, right, right. That is the most important thing you can do about the walking. We have always had pit bulls ever since my I work with a local Pitbull rescue we are now taking in foster puppies that are HYPER, HYPER, HYPER!! The best thing in the world to keep away any of the destructiveness is really to get all that energy out of them. Great kids dogs, btw despite some of the criminals that own them ruining their reputation!

 

aurorabunny - January 14

Sorry to repost but just forgot to add--I do also agree with SonyaM on the first part of what she said...as much as I love my dogs if they showed any signs of people agression towards any of us they would most likely be outta here. Squirt bottle with water in it is also a great behavior corrector if you haven't tried it.

 

Erin1979 - January 14

OK. Thanks ladies. JB, I do walk the dog. Twice a day. He also has unlimited roaming and running in our back yard (we have 1/2 an acre which is fenced). My hubby goes out and throws the tennis ball with him....it's not that he's not getting enough excercise. He started growling at her when he was laying in the living room, and she would come over and sit with him. Then we gave him a bone to chew on for x-mas (dynobone to try and avert his chewing of our things) and my daughter went over to grab it, and that's when he really growled and snapped at her. My hubby then took away his bone, scolded him, and the dog snapped my hubby. I know that the dog was just protecting his stuff (being a dog) but I jsut don't trust him. My dd is NEVER left alone with him EVER, but there are times when I know if he was to lunge, I could not get there fast enough and it freaks me out. He has snapped at me on numerous occasions, and my Dh always b__ws it off...this time, he may just come home one night and the dog will just be "gone". Thanks for the suggestion ladies. (aurorabunny, the spraybottle works really well with crated dogs, which mine is not, and he just lunges at the spray and snaps....thanks for the thought)

 

aurorabunny - January 14

It sounds to me like you are doing everything you can Erin and I agree that does NOT sound like a good situation. As much as it sounds like your dh loves his dog, I'm sure he would feel AWFUL if something happened to his daughter that could have possibly been prevented by paying attention to warning signs from the dog. Maybe try to present it to him that way?? Good luck with whatever happens.

 

Gretta - January 14

My only suggestion other than the walking would be to take him for a vet check up. My friend had this happen too and it happened suddenly and it ended up being that the dog was sick and in pain. I think dogs get crabby if they aren't feeling good.

 

jb - January 14

Erin, thats great...the amount of play time the dog has in the yard. You say you are walking the dog too. That is also great. One thing I have learned, not only from the dog whisperer, but from have a dog all my life is that playing ball in the yard with the dog shouldn't be a subst_tute for a walk. Even though thay are burning off energy, it is just 'play time'. When they get walked it is 'work' for them. I am not accusing or anything, I just wanted to be clear to anyone who might not have understood. As for the growling with the bone (and I would guess other things that he feels are HIS), he seems to me like he is the dominant one in the family. As the dog whisperer says, he thinks he is the 'pack leader'. What you need to do is train him that you, hubby and dd are the pack leaders. For instance with the bone, put it on the floor. When he goes for it, stand over it, blocking his ability to grab it (obviously with his mouth). Keep doing this until he submisses. When he submisses, then he can have it. By submissing, he will lay down and not try and get it. After a while, take it away and do the same thing. If he snaps at you, you need to put him in a submissive position...lay him down on his back until he is calm. Then start the process over. Make sure you do this with everything he is protective over (feeding bowl, toys, whatever). Also, remember, your dog is 7 years old. It took him 7 years to be the way he is. It will take a while to untrain him and retrain him the correct way. Have patience. In the end, it will be better. Also, to show him you are the pack leader, make sure when you walk him that you are the one dictating the direction, the pace. He should be 1/2 step behind you, following your lead. He should also not be going to the bathroom when walking. A walk is a job to a dog. When he gets home from a walk, then he can take care of business.

 

ADD A COMMENT:


You must log in to reply.

Are you New to the forum? Sign Up Here! Already a member? Please login below.

Forgot your password?
Need Help?
New to the forum?

Sign Up Here!


Already a member?
Please login below.





Forgot your password?
Need Help?