|08-12-2013 05:09 PM|
|lau||Thanks so much for the advice folks! We will work on getting him through his "fear period" without trying to "turn off" the behavior totally, and see how his confidence builds. Any further advice still very appreciated!|
|08-10-2013 04:27 PM|
|Mary Beth||Koli is just a toddler himself and he could be going thru a fear period himself - so when your son goes out of sight at the park - Koli becomes frightened - his buddy has gone to leave him all alone to play. Since Koli is all right at home and isn't possessive when others come up to your son, I would not be concerned about problems later on. Right now, though, there is the problem of your son enjoying the park and wanting to play where the pup can't go, like the play areas. So I think Koli has to learn that the park can be fun for him alone with you. It would work easier if you had someone to go with you - or meet them at the park, and what I would try is to come with Koli and your son - say"okay - go play" and then to Koli "okay - Koli let's walk" and turn right around the other direction and take him for a walk - and as you are already planning to do - bring treats and also Koli's ball or favorite toy. When he barks - you can give him the toy to hold - that helps and also put your hand gently on to of his nose. When Koli is quiet - circle back . Also this could be a time to teach speak and quiet - he can speak (bark) when he first sees your son leave - then he has to be quiet.|
|08-10-2013 04:13 PM|
|08-10-2013 02:34 PM|
I have no advice but to say that our pup did the exact same thing. My daughter would have to sneak away from us at the park so Strider wouldn't see her go.
It's been awhile since we've been to the park, so in not sure if he would still do it. He's nearly 8 months old and he was doing it at about 5 or 6 months old.
Hope you get some answers/advice.
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|08-10-2013 02:03 PM|
15 week old puppy freaks out when my son isn't near!
My puppy, Koli, is wonderful, he does fantastic on leash walks and is very responsive to commands - aside from the whole "landshark" thing I only have one problem. When we take our puppy and son (2 1/2 year old) to the park or on a walk, Koli FREAKS out when our son isn't nearby. He must be near our son at all times, and as soon as our son walks out of leash range Koli will begin barking, yelping, crying until he comes back. He never reacts if somebody else visits or holds our son, so I don't exactly think he's being "possessive" of him? And he isn't up in my son's face or anything, he'll just lay down and chew or play with us as long as we're CLOSE to the kiddo. I don't mind our pup being closely bonded with our son, of course - they'll grow up to be best friends. But I need to know whether this is considered normal since I've read that these dogs don't become little "guardians" until they're older. I'd hate for this to be something fear-related that can turn into aggression later. Keep in mind this only happens outside the house, never inside - they can be separated by crate or rooms (or our son could be at somebody else's house) and Koli is totally fine.
Advice would be very much appreciated!! I am planning on working with pup for the next couple weeks (however long it takes) at the park and gradually having him separated from our son farther and farther, with lots of treats and training, in hopes that he won't become too possessive of our son later on - but if anybody has other suggestions, or has dealt with something similar, PLEASE do share!!