|10-23-2013 01:57 AM|
My puppy has also tried to tackle my children from behind. He does it to our two year old Feist all the time. However it looks aggressive and horrible when he tries to tackle my three year old or my five year old and he's even tried it with my 8 year old. Again I had to be stern with him and immediately call him out on his bad behavior. I had to teach him that it wasn't ok to tackle people. It was just something he didn't know he shouldn't do and it was my job to teach him. I imagine that it is so much harder to deal with as your pup is 6 months old and probably twice as big as my Jackson. So regardless this is a serious problem that has to be dealt with.
My pup is actually more aggressive in his play towards my three year old verses the older girls because she is his size. Perfect pouncing material as far as he was concerned. I wish there was a video of how your pup acts towards her when he does this. I wish I could be of help as I know that if he truly is fearful then my post was absolutely no help at all.
I give you my thoughts and heart ache though as I know how it is to have to contemplate whether or not you have to take drastic measures. I've been there with my 10 year old husky/boxer who was highly food aggressive to the detriment of my 12 year old lab mix. They've spent the last 10 years together and many a blood shed due to the aggression. We were lucky that it was dog aggression (food) so we could mediate it by feeding separately. I would definitely try training before giving up on the pup. (though I know you've already said that...I agree).
|10-15-2013 11:58 AM|
Can you get any help from the breeder? Are there issues with the littermates also? Chance are this in inappropriate, over the top RUDE behavior rather than real aggression. But with a young child and a big dog serious injury can still occur.
Do NOT have him out when your neice is around until you work through this. Management is key.
Have you started clicker training yet? HUGE HELP to give confidence to our pups while teaching them at the same time. ---> http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...t-puppies.html
And once you start clicker training you can deal with what's probably really going on, your 'reactive' dog
Good luck. (and if you go up to the narrow black strip along the top of the page, click the User CP and put your GENERAL location in, you may get more specific help to your area because it shows up with each post like my Poconos infor to the left).
|10-15-2013 09:56 AM|
|J-L&Matt||Victoria Australia. 3268. The closest trainers is 100kms away!|
|10-15-2013 09:40 AM|
Accidents happen, I wouldn't focus too much on the past and focus on the future. FA is not cured overnight unfortunately but with a plan in place you can move forward with purpose
If you post your general location there might be someone that can offer suggestions for a trainer or behaviourist
|10-15-2013 09:30 AM|
|J-L&Matt||I know, I'm sorry I didn't mean to come of as if I don't care about my nieces safety or anything. I'm still a bit ticked at my partner for being careless. I've booked in to a trainer, they only run classes every 6 weeks for 3 weeks on Sundays. I'm super committed and serious, I just want the torch and pitchforks put away. I wasn't too sure on his mother as when we got him she was aggressive but I figured it was because of the puppies|
|10-15-2013 09:13 AM|
Do you have a trainer already involved?
Personally I would show the inlaws that you're actively working on the situation with a professional and also completely seperate Ike from your niece.
Put yourself in their shoes, their daughter has been attacked twice by your dog, even though he's only 6 months old. I'd be pretty ticked off as well, proving to them that you are working on the situation should allay their fears and if he is completely seperated from their daughter then they have nothing to complain about as she's safe.
|10-15-2013 08:56 AM|
6month old male fear aggression toward children and strangers
Our Ike has lashed out for a second time at our 3year old niece.
The first time he flew at her and snapped at her fingers, second time he tackled her from behind and bit her arm.
Both times my partner hasn't been paying attention to the signs (I've been at work). I've told her to keep him away from kids until we sort his problems.
He isn't neutered yet and was the sooky clingy pup of the litter.
I have got him better with strangers by getting them to ignore him when he barks at them aggressively, occasionally ill get them to treat him when he doesn't bark at them.
We live on a farm with cattle and his fine with them, although he is dominant with our cats.
Please help as the inlaws want him put down, which infuriates me because they don't understand Ike mentality. They think he just attacks because he hates kids.
If it comes down to the crunch I'd rather end the relationship and keep my dog and help him through his fears.