|10-17-2013 01:26 PM|
Some dogs do not like to be kissed and cuddled, mine is one of those. She doesn't show her teeth but quickly hops out of our smothering arms. You can keep your son involved with your dog by playing fetch and giving treats for commands if that's what you were doing. I would not let him walk your dog as she does not feel confident with him. My own dog would not let my adult daughter (the one who does not live with us) walk her. She got half way down the street with our GSD and my dog took the leash handle gently in her mouth and guided my daughter back home.
You've received some excellent resources here, but I'll add another one:
The author also has her own website you can search online.
|10-17-2013 11:07 AM|
I noticed something my dog likes the vets and vet techs they never grab at her or push themselves onto her, or try to kiss her they stay back and ask her to come to them and she likes them, they stay laid back with her
I noticed she never likes people who try to pet her or go up to her, she always likes my friends that dont really care for her like are indifferant to her and ignore her then for some odd reason she just warms up to them but to the people who "try" to be her friend for some reason she just doesnt like much. But if you ignore her she ignores you a bit pretends your not there then after a while starts to act like you exist.
|10-17-2013 10:48 AM|
|pets4life||ive seen my dog do this to her good dobie friend when the dobie would get really annoying and start pestering my dog, she would curl her lip at her and if the dobie kept up she would get rolled. This is when they were young both around 1.5 years or so. After that they never had really any issues.|
|10-17-2013 09:33 AM|
Along with the poster above, this is a great website for families with dogs Family Paws-New parent classes dog and baby . By nature, most kids are affectionate, and sometimes that affectionate nature gets them in trouble with the dogs in their lives and a bite happens.
On the Family Paws site, there are also links to trainers who can come in and help with further training and questions about the behavior you are seeing.
|10-17-2013 09:29 AM|
I agree with the fact that the dog is clearly uncomfortable with what she perceives as having her space invaded.
The bigger issue, that I have not seen anyone mention, is that such a dog should not be in a house with little kids. Maybe others can manage this better, but not having eyes in the back of my head, I couldn't trust a dog like this in my house.
I don't think this can be trained out of a dog, and I would want a dog who likes kids and likes interacting with them.
|10-17-2013 08:44 AM|
That book is good - talks about primate v canine and is clear about the differences.
Download Free Poster: "How Kids and Pets SHOULD NOT Interact"
More from her: drsophiayin.com/blog/entry/free-downloads-posters-handouts-and-more
|10-17-2013 08:16 AM|
Here is a good book to read that discusses how our dogs (canids) interpret our human (primate) behavior. Sometimes there is direct conflict.
"An applied animal behaviorist and dog trainer with more than twenty years experience, Dr. Patricia McConnell looks at humans as just another interesting species, and muses about why we behave the way we do around our dogs, how dogs might interpret our behavior, and how to interact with our dogs in ways that bring out the best in our four-legged friends."
|10-17-2013 07:48 AM|
I don't think people need to establish dominance over a dog at all. It is important to develop a healthy respect for the dog.
When people show the dog they understand dog behavior then the dog will naturally respect them more.
It is really important to encourage children to respect dogs as they are very vulnerable when around dogs.
Children do love dogs and want to hug and kiss them. (maybe this is encouraged, or is an instinct or is seen on tv with cartoon dogs) To a dog this is not affection but how dogs challenge each other and fight, so this is why they can get confused and back away from certain behaviors.
If they can't back away they will growl or show teeth to warn the child that they are uncomfortable with the child s advances.
|10-17-2013 06:32 AM|
My boy has been raised to be a cuddle dog. I grab him, lift him up, hug the living day lights out of him, lie down on the couch with him on my belly. He does not like being man-handled, whines, tries to escape. But never aggressive behavior. And after I let him get away, he comes back with a toy to play, because he knows daddy is in a playful mood. Only time he bares his teeth is when I am trying to clean the dried snot from his nose. Guess it hurts a little and he hates it.
But honestly I do not see that as aggressive behavior, just a natural expression of "STOP IT!"
In so far your child is concerned, I would recommend you have the child stop doing kissing the dog or being too playful. Shepherds follow strength. My dog listens to me, not as much my wife. And your son is very young to establish his dominance.
I would also recommend you have your son feed the dog, that will teach the dog to accept your son as a leader, and treat the dog like a dog.
And yes, I found Cesar Milan videos on youtube to be quite helpful in establishing dominance. Maybe you can watch a few and learn a few tricks.
|10-17-2013 06:02 AM|
Agree with what people have said.
The dog doesn't see the interaction like the child does. The dog is warning the child that it's behavior is inappropriate. The dog sounds like a good dog. It is not his fault. It is just his nature.
If the child acted like this with another dog it could get bitten.
My own dog non gsd, is really good with children but still doesn't like to be hugged by a child or kissed. He will put up with it though, showing an uncomfortable facial expression.
Trick is to show the child how to interact with the dog which respects the dogs nature. I tell children to rub the dog rather than hug it.
Generally you need to be the guiding force for your dog and learn about it's reactions and nature. Then be confident telling other people and children how to interact with it. Then the people,children and the dog will respect you more.
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