|10-04-2013 11:29 AM|
Yes, to him your son is like another puppy. And he wants to play. Very soon you will be touched with how loyal and loving he is with your son. Right now though the puppy is a baby too and doesn't know his limits or that he can hurt. You can redirect, teach him to bring a ball for your son to throw etc...
Be prepared to do a lot of training though. And he will need plenty of exercise and playtime so that he tires out and is calmer around your son. Also you can hand feed him and when he is gentle with taking the food, have your son feed him when he is calm.
|10-02-2013 04:08 PM|
|Mariexo14||Thank you for the response. Is it normal for him to bark only at my son ? He doesn't do it to anyone else not even my parents just my 5 year old....|
|10-02-2013 03:41 PM|
|LoveEcho||It has nothing to do with gender, aggression, or dominance. You have a puppy of a very mouthy breed Be prepared with lots of toys for redirection and lots of patience-- this is a phase, but it's a long one.|
|10-02-2013 03:13 PM|
German shepherd puppies are nippy. It's not an aggression or dominance thing, it's that they explore their world through their mouth, and are trying to get the playtime started. There's a really great thread in the puppy section on bite inhibition that I strongly recommend reading. Once I read through that, my whole mindset changed, and it offers tons of great advice on dealing with your crocodog.
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|10-02-2013 02:57 PM|
Help, new puppy & concerns !!!!
Hello, my family and I just got a new male gsd pup. He is 10 weeks old and pretty good for the most part. We brought him home a few days ago and he hasn't been very active. He doesn't play much with toys and outside he just lays in the grass or follows me around. My main concern is he keeps barking at my 5 year old son, every time my son comes up to him he barks and goes toward him. He even bit his shorts. Some people say it could be playing but it doesn't feel or look that way to me. My son has been a little stand offish because of the puppy barking at him when he comes near and now he is scared of the puppy. He says he doesn't want to get bit. I have told my son many times that he can not show fear and he needs to show the puppy he is above him...but that's alot to ask of a 5 year old. What I'm most fearful of is this behavior continuing down the road and the dog becoming aggressive or dominating. The puppy was raised only around the breeder and had an occasional play date with a little girl? Any suggestions ??
Could it be also because my son is a male and so is the puppy ? Or does this not matter ?