|10-23-2013 07:05 PM|
|Krautdog||Thanks for all the advice. He does cower to me and lean his body against my legs. My son is good with him and vice versa. We were at the park today and I asked some of the younger kids that wanted to pet him to take a knee and let him come to them as to not force anything on him. I think he's different with my son cause he's part of his pack if that makes any sense s he starts to get nervous when other people (strangers) go around my son.|
|10-22-2013 07:49 PM|
Young kids can be loud and unpredictable with their movements, could be why your pup is acting this way. I have a hyperactive 8 yo, mellow 10 yo, plus a 3 yo & 5 month old grand kids who visit off and on, they all act different and I could see how a pup could become alerted by them. I would work with your pup around kids you know and can trust if that's possible (lol!), maybe nieces/nephews, Set your pup up to succeed, you don't want some unknown wild kid to run up and startle him at the park etc...
Pretty normal to be at least a somewhat concerned about your pups reaction when a baby comes into the home, but for us, going through it twice, we've had zero problems, ok, maybe we did lose a couple toys to those puppy teeth, but that's it. Just keep interactions between kids and pup 100% supervised.
|10-22-2013 07:23 PM|
Take your time. He is young and simply finding the children too loud and unpredictable.
Ask children to be calm in his presence and he will be grand. If they can't control themselves, it is better to separate until the pup gets a bit older.
It is great he gets on so well with your son, and proof he is good with children if they behave properly.
I wouldn't ask the children to give the pup treats unless they can be calm in his presence. No point in children giving treats if the pup doesn't trust them and is cowering or backing away from them.
|10-22-2013 06:50 PM|
|boomer11||yeah watch out for kids that run up to him and then tower over him petting him. standing still and petting him is ok but dont let a kids all excitedly smother your pup. that can freak a pup out.|
|10-22-2013 05:49 PM|
|Harbud||He may be experiencing a fear period in which case some of his fears may seem irrational and may go against any training or socializing you have done so far. Id definitely ask kids to give him treats just make sure they aren't forcing themselves on the him and scaring him more.|
|10-22-2013 05:35 PM|
Alcide is 4.5 months now and he is showing a little bit of cowering towards younger kids. I have been socializing him ALOT (children and adults) since he was 7 weeks old and he has no fear of my 2 year old son. He has pretty strong nerves of steel except in this one area. Should I carry treats to have the younger kids give to him so he learns that they aren't a threat? Any advice will be greatly appreciated as my wife and I have a newborn incoming in March!