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Just supervise them for 2 weeks and make sure she doesn't get squished... as soon as she doubles in size and discovers her needle teeth, the shoe will be on the other paw!It's basically the way he plays with big dogs, so he doesn't seem to have any concept that she's only 13 pounds.
Thanks for sharing your experiences with Chance. It sounds like he and Jones have quite a bit in common. I'm sorry.I don't have a whole lot of advice but my best offer is go get a bike and USE it. Even without a puppy, your dog seems to have a LOT of pent up energy. I know this because Chance is the SAME way when he doesn't get enough exercise. Ever since my bike got broke (Thanks to an idiot who him and his family were living with us for several months and would take it without asking and eventually broke the peddle and back breaks along with leaving it out in the rain to rust!!) Chance has been **** to live with. There simply is NO way to walk off his energy and I'd have to spend ALL DAY at the dog park for him to run off enough to settle down for even 5 minutes. It's getting too cold for me to take him swimming which was the ONLY other thing besides biking that could tire him out. Fetch doesn't do anything either! (unless it's throwing the ball in the water for him to run/swim after) Training/working his mind helps tire him a LITTLE but because he has so much energy, it's hard to keep his focus anymore.
Chance has gone from biking 10 miles a day along with swimming, playing fetch, going to the dog park, playing tug, walking, obedience training, ect to just fetch, dog park, tug, walking and training. It's NOT enough for him. He -needs- that biking and swimming to keep him sane and settled. The biking more than anything! I don't have the time to stand outside and throw the ball for him all day long. I don't have the time to walk him all day long. I don't have the time for standing at the dog park all day long. (And that's only helpful if there are dogs actually there and once they get tired Chance stands over them and barks) I KNOW my dog is bored and that is what it sounds like with your guy too.
Hahaha...I hope that's true! =) But then I will totally feel sorry for him. He's my baby. :wub:Just supervise them for 2 weeks and make sure she doesn't get squished... as soon as she doubles in size and discovers her needle teeth, the shoe will be on the other paw!
He'll be bleeding and bruised and you'll be feeling sorry for him in no time
He genuinely is clumsy, and always has been, because of some neurological issues he has in his rear legs. We've done everything (MRIs, CT scans, many specialist consults) to figure out what's going on, and it looks like we may never know. Part of the reason we got the puppy now, is because I don't know what his future holds, and I wanted him to be able to enjoy a friend while he's still doing well. And yes, I am totally nuts. I admit it. :blush:Clumsy GSD? Hard to believe. Maybe I'm just lucky.
More likely he is 'acting' clumsy and bumping/stepping on purpose.
Some dogs are mouthy but don't bite. They just use their mouths to
touch/taste/feel things because they don't have hands. Mine is mouthy
but there is never any pressure exerted.
I give you a lot of credit for taking on such a big task (or are you just NUTS!) ...kidding...
Agree with the advice above to exercise your dogs but beware, it takes a LOT to
tire them out; however, just think of all the exercise YOU are getting.
We've started working on gentle, but we hadn't used it before. Once he gets over the initial excitement of a new person being in the house, he's good around them. He definitely does know his limits, and for the most part, has good house manners. He has come a LONG way from when he was younger. I imagine he'll always be a work in progress though.I am not sure what your dog knows but I hope he knows NICE or Gentile.
What about if someone comes to the door or the house can you control him easy enough.
Does he leave your stuff alone and stay off counters and tables. Does he know what is off limits is what I am asking here.
Ok, that actually sounds a lot like what we're trying to do. Joe holds her on his lap, and I work with Jones. I'm using string cheese, which is his favorite treat in the world. He's really good when the cheese is out, and Ziva is just sitting on Joe's lap. As soon as she starts moving though, all bets are off.One of you get in a protected area like your back against a wall or even in a corner of your room or bottom of a staircase. Kneel or sit down with your puppy in your arms. The other one bring out your 2 year old on a leash but put yourself between the puppy and your 2 year old.
Holding your arm out make your dog give you the space you are asking for. Back him away from your wife and your puppy. This is the same thing you do with your door when someone comes over. Claim your door. Hold your ground until he sits or lays down. Give him very good treats once he sits or lays down.
Now that you have showed you are in control and that pup is off limits when he acts crazy you can now bring him to the puppy. The puppy at this age has no fear so she will want to play but just keep it low keyed rewarding your 2 year old for being so gentile. Always use the word you chose and say it often to remind him you are the one in control and reward him when he does good.
Eventually you can let them free but never out of sight not for fear he might bite her but he might just hurt her because he's a clumsy big dog.
If he associates acting naughty with her as getting into trouble then you have accomplished your task.We'll certainly keep working on it. My concern is that I don't want him to associate her with getting "in trouble." The string cheese is a great tool, because it keeps it very positive, but I can't do that all the time, of course. =)