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05-01-2014 01:14 PM
blackshep
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Originally Posted by gsdsar View Post
Your son coming home, may be too much stimulation. A rejoining if the pack. He does not know how to handle it.

If it were my dog, he would get a solid 45 minute walk prior to picking your son up. Then, while waiting for the bus, do some obedience. Make him focus, do basic commands, give him something appropriate to do.

Have your son give him some basic commands. Turn it into a training excersise. Engage his mind.


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I think this is worth a try. It will also help establish your son as higher ranking for the dog. He sounds like he's a bit like my dog, she's got a low threshold and can get kind of spun rather easily.

Along with the exercise, I'd do the obedience. It gets them more into 'thinking mode' and can help settle their little puppy brains down a bit.

ETA: nose work has made an amazing difference with my dog. Even when we first started it, she'd be crying and pulling to get working, but as we've done more and more, she's learned to settle down. Maybe it's that she's a bit older now too, but I really think it helps tire her out, more than exercise.
05-01-2014 10:14 AM
llombardo
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Three days? That's nuts. I'll only get rid of Ben if I think he's going to injure someone, not for nipping. But knowing the reality of "getting rid of" a dog that bites, I will do everything to keep it from reaching that point.

We do have him (really us, right?) in an obedience class through the Humane Society. We're in the third week of six and the results have been very good so far. I will be discussing this with our instructor, though she has limited time outside of class, which is totally understandable.

Someone else also mentioned mental stimulation, doing commands while we wait for the bus, and I'll definitely be trying that, especially when he doesn't seem relaxed.

I really appreciate everyone's replies.
This is good and your on the right track. Sometimes to much physical exercise can amp them up even more. Try reversing the two and see what happens. Its all about balance. Maybe even find something for him to do..agility, nose work, etc.
05-01-2014 08:14 AM
Tinyboss
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Originally Posted by llombardo View Post
This post is very similar to another post where a dog was brought back to a rescue after 3 days for nipping at a child's ankles that is about the same age as your child. It amazes me that in these similar cases people use the term aggressive in one situation and over stimulated in the other. Both cases seem to be over stimulation and I give you credit on asking for advice how to fix it. Is your dog in any training classes? I think some dogs require less physical and more mental exercise. Maybe try doing more mental versus physical and really focus on mental exercises while your son is around. Good luck, I'm sure you will figure it out, your already half way there since you asked for advice
Three days? That's nuts. I'll only get rid of Ben if I think he's going to injure someone, not for nipping. But knowing the reality of "getting rid of" a dog that bites, I will do everything to keep it from reaching that point.

We do have him (really us, right?) in an obedience class through the Humane Society. We're in the third week of six and the results have been very good so far. I will be discussing this with our instructor, though she has limited time outside of class, which is totally understandable.

Someone else also mentioned mental stimulation, doing commands while we wait for the bus, and I'll definitely be trying that, especially when he doesn't seem relaxed.

I really appreciate everyone's replies.
05-01-2014 12:48 AM
llombardo This post is very similar to another post where a dog was brought back to a rescue after 3 days for nipping at a child's ankles that is about the same age as your child. It amazes me that in these similar cases people use the term aggressive in one situation and over stimulated in the other. Both cases seem to be over stimulation and I give you credit on asking for advice how to fix it. Is your dog in any training classes? I think some dogs require less physical and more mental exercise. Maybe try doing more mental versus physical and really focus on mental exercises while your son is around. Good luck, I'm sure you will figure it out, your already half way there since you asked for advice
04-30-2014 11:11 PM
Tinyboss
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Originally Posted by my boy diesel View Post
a few other things to try are arrive closer to when the bus comes so there isnt time standing around
some dogs do not tolerate boredom well
and also dont let him flop down to roll around
which if you arrived closer to when the bus comes it shouldnt be an issue anyway
I sure wish that was a possibility, but it just isn't that predictable. It varies as much as 20 minutes day to day, unfortunately. What I can do is keep him occupied with walking and commands if I see that he's getting restive. Thanks for the advice.
04-30-2014 11:06 PM
my boy diesel overstimulated and playful i am guessing
he sees the kid run off so he gets more frustrated
the rolling on his back and biting the grass is playful behavior
a few other things to try are arrive closer to when the bus comes so there isnt time standing around
some dogs do not tolerate boredom well
and also dont let him flop down to roll around
which if you arrived closer to when the bus comes it shouldnt be an issue anyway
04-30-2014 10:12 PM
SunCzarina
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Originally Posted by gsdsar View Post
Your son coming home, may be too much stimulation. A rejoining if the pack. He does not know how to handle it.

If it were my dog, he would get a solid 45 minute walk prior to picking your son up. Then, while waiting for the bus, do some obedience. Make him focus, do basic commands, give him something appropriate to do.
This. Otto would get very excited to pick up the kids at school, he'd just about loose his mind lunging and barking in frustration as they'd HI MOM run past him to the playground. It took patience and time. Now he just sits there like 'another day another pickup, who this kid touching my head?'
04-30-2014 09:17 PM
glowingtoadfly We have Skadi on a thunder leash, and she can't nip if we step on it just right.
04-30-2014 09:16 PM
glowingtoadfly I have found it easier to control a nippy dog on a harness because when you step on the leash their body goes down. I also agree with GSDSAR.
04-30-2014 09:02 PM
Tinyboss
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Originally Posted by glowingtoadfly View Post
Skadi had a similar behavior. We used a ball, her favorite thing, to redirect her and have her do obedience before continuing the walk. Our behaviorist told us to incorporate obedience into play... Having the dog sit or lay down, or both, before throwing the ball or frisbee. Stepping on the leash also worked well. What kind of collar/leash/harness is your dog on?
Today he was on a nylon flat leash clipped to his leather collar. But last time he was on a slip lead, made of soft round rope, which is what I use most of the time with him. And I think the first time we were probably still using the EZ-Walk harness.

Stepping on the leash didn't work, because it left him able to nip my legs--I actually had to hold him away from me. I didn't have a toy with me, but I'll try to remember to bring one from now on, to see if he'll be interested in it. I do have him sit and wait at doors and often before throwing fetch items, and he's very compliant in those settings.
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