Hi all!! (sorry for the long read
Could really use some help! We brought in our newest addition a while back, and the winter is getting closer which means we will ALL be staying in doors for the most part! My biggest concern is with our four year old Sam.
He is adjusting well to our family but not to my not-quite two year old. He LOVES my four year old, will cuddle, sleep with, and play with, but I still have HUGE issues with my youngest. My youngest is not allowed to go near Sam because Sams fear of him has grown so much that he SCREAMS when he gets a foot near him, and RUNS!!!
For instance, if he is laying by my side with the rest of the family in my living room and my youngest comes near to me, Sam gets up yelping/screaming and runs to the next room, then when the coast is clear, he comes back, son gets down, same thing. Over and over again, ALL day long, until bed time. Sam likes to be near me, and so does my youngest, and it's this constant battle.
I have tried to have my youngest give him treats, be gentle, be sweet, pat, but he seems to be getting worse. We brought in a trainer, and it helped MY relationship with him as well as my husbands but...
I'm hoping that through the winter they will just learn to live with each other, but my mind has gone to adopting him out if it doesn't (or god forbid he bite my son), because he is under so much stress with him that I am at a loss as to what to do to help heal him of whatever is going on because when I am alone with this dog, he is INCREDIBLE! Eager to learn, learns quick, has a heart of gold, super protective of my WHOLE family when outside...just not in the house. Any advice? Books to read?