Jelous dog

Charlie - posted on 06/20/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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our dog was really good originally with cooper ( 7 months ) but i think he is getting jelous of him now hes starting to act out and steal shoes and just then he growled at my baby ( he does chase him around and annoy him ) has any one de alt with this what did you do .

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Charlie - posted on 06/21/2009

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Thank you everyone for your help !! when it happened i didnt yell but i did " growl " at him , he does need more attention and im very sure cooper pulled his fur out . i am gonna talk to someone about it thank you x

Christy - posted on 06/21/2009

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I completely agree with Kate!!! I had a similar problem with my dog after my daughter was born. I was instructed to do pretty much everything Kate said. I was also told to NEVER EVER hit the dog. I too cannot beleive that some one would suggest that. My dog is great with my daughter now. When she was first born my older dog wanted nothing to do with her. He would snub her and not let her touch him or come near him. After I was properly trained on how to treat the situation things are much better. My older dog and my daughter play together now. My younger dog never had a problem with her. I would follow everything that Kate said. She gave very good advice. Good luck and Ihope every thing goes well!!

Kate CP - posted on 06/21/2009

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Quoting Belinda:

I definately agree with Kelly..... Be very very very careful whenever the dog and your son are together, never leave them alone not even for a second. I have been a veterinary nurse for 7 years and have had some experience with clients who have had issues like this arise. Dogs have a pack mentality and your dog probably feels like he is higher up on the pecking order than your son, which shouldn't be the case at all, and because of this is getting a little cranky that your son now has some of the attention that he used to get and is trying to show your baby who is boss. This is where you have to step in and show the dog you are the boss and growling at the baby is certainly not on. Finding a dog trainer would prob be a good idea, but in the meantime whenever he exhibits this kind of behaviour you need to yell at him and tell him he's a bad dog, maybe give him a little smack on the nose if he doesn't take you seriously when you yell at him and maybe lock him up for 10 mins or so to show him that his behaviour is not on. Is he desexed? If not it's probably a good idea to get him castrated as all that testosterone flowing through him will not help any aggressive tendencies he has. If you can (and I don't know your situation so it may not be possible) maybe see if you or your partner can walk him each day if you don't already so he is getting a bit of regular attention which may help him feel not so left out. Also I just want to say don't let yourself think that just because he has never growled before that he may have just been having a bad day and it's not a big deal. I've had clients that have had 5 year old dogs that have never showed an ounce of aggression towards anything or anyone once in their lives, suddenly turn one day out of the blue when they've been jealous over their owners attention..... one in particular resulted in a small child being knocked to the ground and her face being mauled, sending her to hospital. The dog had to be destroyed as a result. I'm not trying to scare you unneccessarily, or tell you your dog is terrible and should be gotten rid of, or say the dog is definately going to become aggressive towards your child. This may be a one off thing, but it may not be too. I have a 10month old baby, a young dog, and 2 cats myself, and as much as I love my pets to bits and have no reason not to trust them with my baby, my childs safety has to come first. I know I would never forgive myself if one of my pets harmed my child because i was naive enough to think it could never happen. Good luck and I hope everything works out happily.


NEVER HIT A DOG WHO IS EXHIBITING AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR. That's a really good way to get bit and I can't believe a vet tech would even suggest that. 



 



When your dog exhibits an aggressive behavior towards the baby remove him from the situation and put him in his crate. Don't yell and scream at him just luck him up. If you make it a big stressful ordeal the dog will associate the child with getting in trouble. NOT the message you want to send. 



 



Belinda, I would suggest you read some more info on dog behavior and pack mentality. A good book to read is Canine Body Language by Brenda Aloff. For good training tips and techniques anything by Karen Pryor is a great read. Another good one is The Other End Of The Leash and The Culture Clash



 



I have been training and rehabilitating dogs for over 12 years. I have never seen anything positive come from hitting a dog, especially on the nose. Those are the cases I get the most and I spend weeks modifying the dog's behavior because some one thought "spanking" a dog was a good idea. It just doesn't work that way.

Kate CP - posted on 06/21/2009

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Well, there are a few things I would suggest as a professional trainer:

1. Obviously, don't leave the baby and dog alone for a second.
2. Make new ground rules for your dog. That means that when the baby is on the sofa, he's on the floor. If the baby is on the bed, the dog is on the floor. If the baby is on the floor the dog is in it's crate or outside. Make sure you feed your son first and THEN feed the dog. It seems like a silly thing but a lot of people will feed the dog and then eat dinner themselves which sends the message to the dog that they get a higher status in the pack.
3. Crate the dog when you're not around or can't watch him.
4. Invest in a large bottle of Grannick's Bitter Apple Spray and spray down shoes and socks and anything else the dog likes to chew on. The reason why he's stealing shoes and probably underwear is because it smells like you. Chewing relieves stress for dogs and the scent of their pack leader is also calming.
5. Hire a behaviorist. Not a trainer but a behaviorist. Ask your vet or local breed club for recommendations.

Dogs don't really get "jealous" that's a human emotion. What we see as jealousy is really them struggling to get a higher status in the pack.

Charlie - posted on 06/21/2009

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it is the first time hes behaved like that , and he is still young himself ( the dog ) i will see if theres more info on this !

Kelly - posted on 06/21/2009

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I think you have to be very careful here, and definitely make sure that you don't leave the dog and baby alone together. As Cooper gets older he is going to get a lot more active and annoy the dog a lot more than he does now. My mum has a dog and he is normally good with babies but I am still nervous about how he will react when my baby is born (3 weeks left). I am even nervous about the cat my fiancé and I have!



Are there no books or websites that can help you with this? Or even a dog training school? Because unfortunately, if your dog keeps acting aggressive towards baby you may have to make the horrible decision to give him up, and I know how heartbreaking that can be.

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