Yesterday while playing outside my 5 mo. old dalmatian was jumping in front of my daughter and barking at her everytime she ran around the yard. Almost like she was herding my daughter. During one of these episodes the dog jumped up and its tooth landed on my daughters cheek. My dog maybe not be pure bred as I adopted her from a shelter. She maybe have a herding tendancy. I want the kids to be able to enjoy their new friend. I do not let them ever play alone together, but I do want the dog not to try to stop the kids from running. Any ideas?
i'd say if he knows "no" or "leave it" and will listen in a case like this tell him that whenever he does it, or have him on a leash with you when your daughter is running around. dogs are stimulated by a moving thing, esp. kids it seems! he may be trying to play with her, too.
She isn't doing this to me just the kids. If shewere doing it to me it would be easier to control. We have had her almost 2 weeks and she is learning quickly, just not fully and reliably yet. I hope that the no or down command will help. I am still open to suggestions.
dalmatians are not a herding breed but if she is a mix then maybe there is herding in her. more likely she is just reacting to the excessive stimuli that your kids are showing when they are running around.either way jumping up is not acceptable especially with small children because on dog on its hind legs tower over most children and can seriously hurt them even if it is in just play. once when i was pet sitting my friends pyr, i had my son and his friend with me. they were running willy nilly everywhere as they were feeding off of each other. i kept repeatedly telling them to stop running but to no avail. well my friends pyr decided to stop them himself. he ran up ahead of me , he was on a flexi-lead , and grabbed a hold of my son's jacket sleeve and just stopped. my son couldn't go anywhere cause boomer was holding him in place. i was amazed that he knew what i wanted and what he needed to do. also try using the word off. down means lie down. it will be confusing to the dog when you start obedience classes.