|10-04-2013 11:24 AM|
Although our kids are much older, our puppy too barked and seemed to target them more with mouthing and jumping up in the beginning weeks. I constantly had to intervene because I was really worried about the kids getting hurt. It eased up over what felt like a really long time but was just a few weeks. I realized later that this is just the puppy playing with other puppies or littermates. He was mouthing them because he wanted to play and even the barking is the same. One more thing I learnt is when he grabs us with his mouth it was because he wanted us to follow him and he would lead us to where his toy was stuck under a couch and he couldnt get it out or he had to go out to pee or just wanted us to chase him around...
At this age most puppies are not really aggressive(as much as I can gather from my reading.)
What really helped us with our kids was getting the kids involved in training. Like someone posted have your son treat him. You can help with the training, but eventually the puppy will listen when your little one says to sit or down or come. Just a few minutes a day made a huge difference right away. You can also have your son hide and call the puppy and then release him to 'go find ...' your son and when he finds him, he will sit and your son drops a treat on the floor. This is how our puppy learnt all our names.
As for strangers, just keep throwing treats on the floor for your puppy when he sees new people. That way he sees them but is not focused only on them. This is what we did with ours whenever he had periods of barking at strangers.
Hope this helps.
|10-04-2013 10:49 AM|
I'm moving this to the puppy section so you'll get more appropriate help.
Contact your breeder, that's why we pay the big bucks! You'll be able to get specific hints and tips from them. From such a young puppy it's probably just crazy 'play' behavior for your son and possibly a 'fear' reaction from the man.
It's our job to make our puppies think they are in a wonderful happy world full of people who love them. Why socialization and puppy classes are key (teach the humans too ).
|10-04-2013 10:30 AM|
|Galathiel||Your puppy is still a baby and may be barking at your 5 year old because kids sound strange and act strange--high pitched voices, erratic movements (in a puppy/dog's viewpoint). They also go through fear stages and that age does correspond with one. Be sure to have your son give treats to the puppy and I'm sure puppy greed will win him over. He can help you teach the puppy commands and bond with the puppy as well. He needs to try to be calm around the puppy. He's still settling in.|
|10-03-2013 10:55 PM|
What is going on ???? Help me please
Ok so I put a thread on her the other day about our new 10 week old male gsd barking at my 5 year old son and only him (out of the family). Two incidents we were playing soccer & baseball and after around 10 minutes of playing he would run up and start barking at my son and only him.....then today I had a man come out to give me an estimate and the puppy runs up on him and starts barking not in a play like manner either. Should I be concerned about this ? I don't like that he is young and already has this type of behavior toward people and especially my son. My son has been great to him the puppy is stuck to my side and before coming home with us he was mainly around the breeder (an older woman). Any suggestions or opinions ?? Is this normal puppy behavior or could this be something more....honesty please Thanks.