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Old 04-30-2014, 11:11 PM   #11 (permalink)
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a few other things to try are arrive closer to when the bus comes so there isnt time standing around
some dogs do not tolerate boredom well
and also dont let him flop down to roll around
which if you arrived closer to when the bus comes it shouldnt be an issue anyway
I sure wish that was a possibility, but it just isn't that predictable. It varies as much as 20 minutes day to day, unfortunately. What I can do is keep him occupied with walking and commands if I see that he's getting restive. Thanks for the advice.
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This post is very similar to another post where a dog was brought back to a rescue after 3 days for nipping at a child's ankles that is about the same age as your child. It amazes me that in these similar cases people use the term aggressive in one situation and over stimulated in the other. Both cases seem to be over stimulation and I give you credit on asking for advice how to fix it. Is your dog in any training classes? I think some dogs require less physical and more mental exercise. Maybe try doing more mental versus physical and really focus on mental exercises while your son is around. Good luck, I'm sure you will figure it out, your already half way there since you asked for advice
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Old 05-01-2014, 08:14 AM   #13 (permalink)
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This post is very similar to another post where a dog was brought back to a rescue after 3 days for nipping at a child's ankles that is about the same age as your child. It amazes me that in these similar cases people use the term aggressive in one situation and over stimulated in the other. Both cases seem to be over stimulation and I give you credit on asking for advice how to fix it. Is your dog in any training classes? I think some dogs require less physical and more mental exercise. Maybe try doing more mental versus physical and really focus on mental exercises while your son is around. Good luck, I'm sure you will figure it out, your already half way there since you asked for advice
Three days? That's nuts. I'll only get rid of Ben if I think he's going to injure someone, not for nipping. But knowing the reality of "getting rid of" a dog that bites, I will do everything to keep it from reaching that point.

We do have him (really us, right?) in an obedience class through the Humane Society. We're in the third week of six and the results have been very good so far. I will be discussing this with our instructor, though she has limited time outside of class, which is totally understandable.

Someone else also mentioned mental stimulation, doing commands while we wait for the bus, and I'll definitely be trying that, especially when he doesn't seem relaxed.

I really appreciate everyone's replies.
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Three days? That's nuts. I'll only get rid of Ben if I think he's going to injure someone, not for nipping. But knowing the reality of "getting rid of" a dog that bites, I will do everything to keep it from reaching that point.

We do have him (really us, right?) in an obedience class through the Humane Society. We're in the third week of six and the results have been very good so far. I will be discussing this with our instructor, though she has limited time outside of class, which is totally understandable.

Someone else also mentioned mental stimulation, doing commands while we wait for the bus, and I'll definitely be trying that, especially when he doesn't seem relaxed.

I really appreciate everyone's replies.
This is good and your on the right track. Sometimes to much physical exercise can amp them up even more. Try reversing the two and see what happens. Its all about balance. Maybe even find something for him to do..agility, nose work, etc.
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Your son coming home, may be too much stimulation. A rejoining if the pack. He does not know how to handle it.

If it were my dog, he would get a solid 45 minute walk prior to picking your son up. Then, while waiting for the bus, do some obedience. Make him focus, do basic commands, give him something appropriate to do.

Have your son give him some basic commands. Turn it into a training excersise. Engage his mind.


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I think this is worth a try. It will also help establish your son as higher ranking for the dog. He sounds like he's a bit like my dog, she's got a low threshold and can get kind of spun rather easily.

Along with the exercise, I'd do the obedience. It gets them more into 'thinking mode' and can help settle their little puppy brains down a bit.

ETA: nose work has made an amazing difference with my dog. Even when we first started it, she'd be crying and pulling to get working, but as we've done more and more, she's learned to settle down. Maybe it's that she's a bit older now too, but I really think it helps tire her out, more than exercise.
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