Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Burke, Virginia
Thanks for the advice. I talked with the breeder (who will also do the training starting on the 28th of January) and he said the same thing. This is normal behavior. Maxie wants my son to be on equal terms and we have to break him of that by a firm "NO" and remove him from my son's pant leg. Also, we will be working with my son, as will his therapists, on how to play with the dog (under our direct supervision of course) so Maxie learns that my son is the boss and not the dog.
Also, yes, time is key. I have to still remember he is a baby with the movement of a toddler so he really doesn't know that he is doing wrong.
My wife, who has never owned a pet in her life, is stressing, so part of this will be to teach her on how to work with Maxie and give her the confidence to be the alpha over the dog and not be intimidated by Maxie. that will also take time.
I feel very good that this will all work out and that we are just in the early stages. As Maxie grows up, this too shall pass and he will be a great dog for our family, and a great companion for our son.
Thanks for the help.