|02-11-2014 12:54 PM|
OP, I hope you are still around. If so, I hope you are taking the advice to heart - especially the "find a behaviorist". You are in desperate need of expert advice. I know you love your dog. In a perfect world, this gets fixed and never happens again. But your dog needs a thorough physical and behavioral evaluation to get to the root of the problem.
I have always had kids and dogs. My dogs were bomb proof. I trusted them completely. It was not necessary for me to regulate every move of the dogs and kids. My dogs never let me down. I did once bring in a dog that a family member wanted to rehome (non-GSD). She lasted less than 24 hours in my home. She growled at my 2 year old and bit my 6 year old. And no, my kids had not done anything to deserve those reactions. The dog was rehomed to an adult home, where she bit the new owner several times, but he loved her anyway. Happy ending for the dog, but not in my house. My kids deserved better.
|02-11-2014 08:18 AM|
They're not all the same and how they're trained as well as their general energy level and breeding play a huge factor. In general malinois and german shepherds are very very different but I've seen some gsds that were so high energy or hyper and under exercised and under stimulated that when they show up at the kennel they drive our dog evaluating malinois we have here crazy because they never want to stop playing.
Bottom line a high energy dog is a high energy dog. Working line mals are usually that. Plenty of gsd out there just as crazy.
|02-11-2014 02:08 AM|
|02-11-2014 01:38 AM|
I don't have kids and I certainly,would not trust my guy around kids, He's sees them on walks so he knows what they are, no issue but he's never lived with any! SO he'd never be trusted with kids, without me being right there!
My guys have always been free roaming in the house. I work and train them and other than the usual potty training I have never had issues with, I never understood how the couch eating, counter surfing stuff happens?
To the OP. keep everybody safe while you figure this out. If it's beyond you then do as has been suggested and get professional help with the "issue".not Petco (I always say that). No shame in calling for back up if the need is there! Kids and dog "issues" even though I'm kid less, would be a top priority call for me!
|02-11-2014 01:19 AM|
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|02-11-2014 12:40 AM|
|Baillif||And that's why I don't have kids. They really cut into the dog time.|
|02-11-2014 12:31 AM|
Once a dog is house trained -- and that means chewing as well as pottying, they shouldn't need to be crated while we are there, while we are cooking. As it is, most families work long hours, and by the time you crate the dog for the night, and crate the dog while at work, it seems terrible to crate the dog while you are cooking.
People with kids are taking kids here and there, and working and the whole nine yards. When you are home, the dog ought to be able to roam the house, have a little freedom. I just don't think you should have to be constantly worried that your dog will rip your youngster's face off. The amount of time the average family would have the dog out of the crate, if it was only allowed out of the crate when there were no distractions, and everyone was able to pay 100% attention to the dog and kids, would probably be about 20 minutes per day, on a good day.
|02-11-2014 12:16 AM|
Why should the dog wander around? When training a dog it is always learning even outside of a session. Dogs chew on carpet or furniture because they discover value in it. They chew on shoes because they discover value in it. If I'm watching I can quickly dissuade a behavior before it ever becomes a problem.
Other than that my dog is half malinois. If you've ever owned a malinois enough said. Half malinois is still a lot of malinois.
It's not that my dog doesn't get activity he gets a ton of it. He trains for mondio every day and since I work at a kennel training dogs guess who comes out as the distraction dog for the board and trains?
|02-11-2014 12:01 AM|
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