New Puppy

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We just bought a new German Shepherd puppy and my son loved him...until he wanted to play and bit him and now he's terrified of him ): The puppy's only 6 weeks old so it's hard to get him to stop nipping. Any tips on getting my 2 1/2 year old used to him?

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 07/25/2013

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Also teach your SON how to interact with the dog. Sitting calmly and petting him while your son is in your lap. Giving treats gently. Talking calmly with the dog and not always having a high pitch baby talk. It is so very important to train them both how to interact. If you cannot do this, once again, bring it to the breeder. Also, spay or neuter at 6 months of age. If you cannot afford to keep up on vaccinations, fecal examinations (for intestinal parasites that your son CAN get), neuter/spay, heartworm prevention, and flea prevention, then you should bring this dog back to where it came from.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 07/25/2013

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Why do you have a puppy that young? It should still be with its mother and litter mates until at least 8-10 weeks. They learn from their siblings, and need the bond.

Your son is only 2 1/2 years old. He should not be playing with the puppy unsupervised ever. Get the puppy into the vet and start getting vaccinations in order to enroll your puppy in puppy training classes. A must for any puppy. Get a kennel and start kennel training. Not necessarily for punishment, but for a place for your puppy to escape to when he wants to be alone. If your puppy play bites, which he will, make sure to hold his nose firmly (not squeezing) and firmly say "NO BITE" then immediately give him a toy that is the dogs that he can bite. Lots of positive encouragement when he is playing with his toys.

If you do not feel that you can properly socialize and train your dog, bring it back to the breeder. This is going to be a large dog very quickly, and if not trained properly can hurt any member of the family, but namely your son.

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