OMG sorry dog lovers but reading this thread just sent shivers up and down my spine recalling all the horror dog attacks on young children by family pets. This dog/puppy would not stay in my house if this behaviour continued. I'm not a fan of small fluffy dogs as this aggressive behaviour to rule smaller beings seems to be par for the course with them. Give me a Lab/Dane any day.
I feel that how you view your animals has a lot to do with how they behave as you are their leader. My pets (not just my dog) are family and part of the family. As young babies we grew up with animals and they were treated as part of the family and we never had horrid dog attacks or anything of the sort. Dogs that attack Im guessing are deprived of the love and attention they deserve. It's up to the owner to guide them.
Furthermore, you don't throw your child out of your house for attacking their brother or sister or behaving agrresively... Animals shouldn't be either.
I've found that people with small, cute dogs do tend to treat them more like children and thus they behave similarily but... if behaviour such as talked about by the original poster is left unchecked any dog, small/large, can cause serious damage, unlike a sibling, and this is why I would rehome it (if the power struggle contd) where there was not young children.
No, not all dogs that attack are deprived off love and attention.
I understand what you are saying about shipping the dog off if it continued to jump up on the child but I don't agree with it. When you get an animal you have to be prepared for what comes with it for potentialy the next 15 years or so just as you have to be prepared to take what comes with a child. Before we got Coco we did research into what breeds would suit our lifestyle ect. It is part of the breed that as puppies they jump up and will do so until they are about 1. As the owner you just have to give positive reinforcement and deal with it until it finally gets through to the dog that it is not good behaviour. IMO.
I would have to say i agree with Shanilee, This is very normal behaviour for any puppy. It is something they will grow out of. The other thing to keep in mind is that if dogs up bought up with children they learn to interact with them appropriately over time, you bring an older dog into the equation with children, that theres is a potential risk.
The most important thing is too take the puppy to 'puppy preschool' along with the children because it is important for the children to not only reprimand the dog but to also teach them commands! There is no point in leaving the disciplining primarily to the parents, because this gives the puppy an excuse to pick on the kids. This goes hand in hand with positive reinforcement with treats. Teething to can be a another reason for biting/chewing pups...so have a few good chew toys on hand and dont have them all out at once, rotate them on a daily basis to keep boredom at bay.
Some great points there Mel!
I am a vet nurse and any breed can attack a child and is not always animals deprived of love and affection often people love there animals too much and in the wrong way so they can become jealous and protective when children are brought into the equation, yes jumping is normal puppy behaviour but it does need to be addressed, or it will continue into adult life, a firm repromand at first if this does not work try timeout ( put the pup in a toilet or laundry for a couple of minutes then let them back out if does the behaviour again repeat the process) can be tine consuming but often works really well, you also want the dog to see the child as dominant so depending on the age of the child they can help feed the dog or you can hold the dog while you feed him, these are jusat suggestion i hope this helps, I must agree that thios is normal puppy behaviour and getting rid of the dog is a very extreme option. Good luck, perservere, be consistent and you will end up with a great little dog
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