Everytime my chinese crested is asleep or just relaxing and my son comes near her, he doesn't even have to touch her she snaps at him. Yesturday she actually got close enough and bit him on the cheek, not hard but thats not the point. I scolded her and then she did it again and almost got his nose. What can I do to stop this b/c if it gets worse I will have to get rid of her. She is about six months old.
When dogs are relaxing or sleeping they generally don't like to be fussed/touched/spoken to. Would you like it if everytime you was relaxing someone alot bigger than you came over and startled you? I don't think your dog appreciates it either. Try to keep your son away and let your dog have its alone time. Your dog is still very much a puppy and needs its sleep.
I think its a bad sign that the dog has nearly bitten the child twice. Some dogs and children just don't go well together. And the dog is willing to snap/bite when she's being woken up, she's also going to be willing and able to bite and snap at the child when she just doesn't want attention from him. I suspect it will get worse before it gets better. I would not tolerate a dog that tried to bite my child (especially if it made contact) if it just didn't seem to be kicking in. I dont think it's fair for a child to be afraid of a dog in his own house hold.
I'd probably contact the breeder, or consider finding a home for the dog with no children :P
My son is three and never had a problem with dogs before. The breeder told me that this breed was good with kids. She chooses to sleep on the couch or the bed so it is not like he is purposely bothering her. Even if he just goes to sit on the couch she gets upset, that is when she bit his cheek yesturday. And today she was sitting on the bed wanting me to play with her when my son got on the bed too and she started to growl at him. I can not take any chances of her really biting my son. I will probably have to search for a new owner that doesn't have kids. Unless she learns to live with my son.
It sounds like your dog is trying to establish her dominance over your son, given her reactions when she is awake. She thinks that she belongs on the couch and the bed, and your son doesn't. What you can try that *may* help is the NILIF program, referenced here. http://k9deb.com/nilif.htm
Basically, you treat your dog like it's a dog.. not like it's a baby or a human. When you do this program, the dog is NOT to be allowed on the couch, or the bed, or any other part of furniture. Your son is. What this does psychologically is teach the dog that because your son is allowed on the bed and the dog isn't, that your son ranks higher in the social ladder. A dog that feels the need to protect places or objects from your son looses all priveledges in regards to those.
Keep a leash on the dog at all times when shes in the house so you can easily correct her. Unfortunately beasue she's a small dog you are going to have a harder time with it. IF she was a lab and was doing this and jumped on teh furniture, you could just leash jerk her right off. Can't do that with a toy, you'll have to pick her up and put her on the floor as abruptly as possible, don't be nice about it. And then ignore her. If she tries to jump up again, either block her with your body or remove her again. This is a training thing and will take time and consistency.
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You don't mention the age of the CC, but regardless Minn is correct. CC bitches can be just that and it sounds like you've got a little alpha girl in the making. You need to get a handle on it NOW cuz I guarantee you it will not get any better (I have one here so I know what you're going thru...mine dislikes my hubby).
Have you taken her for any type of training? If not, do so. Who is her breeder?
She is just now six months old and I have a feeling that her breeder may have been mean to her b/c when I was there his own dog growled at me and he repeatedly hit him in the head. Lacey, that is her name was a few days before she acted like she trusted us and she is very jumpy but she is only snappy towards my son, she has never done this to me or my husband.
My dog has snapped when she is scared or startled. My friends toddler was hitting her and she snapped. Your son is 3 and maybe he is a little rough. I have little ones and they don't realize. They have stuffed animals and dolls that they pounce on and they think the dogs are like that. Make sure you watch your son at all times. Maybe your puppy is getting too exhausted and needs more quiet time. Mine loved her crate and it kept the puppy feeling safe and the kids away. Always scold her and tell her no when she growls or snaps.. My breeder had teenagers and I think they were rough with my Lacie and that is why she snapped when she felt scared. Now she is doing great. Especially after having her puppies. She is so sweet and calm. Hang in there and really watch your son when he is with her. I agree with minni on her great advise of making your son a higher rank.
No, your SON will need to learn how to live with the dog. Your child needs boundaries that apparently he does not have. The dog is to be left along when it is eating, sleeping, or in it's "place". Your kid needs to learn this.
Parents all think their children are above doing anything wrong. That is usually the sign of a kid with too little discipline.
Houndz, do you have children? Obviously not b/c children are not mini adults, they're children and they are notorious for NOT listening to you, no matter how many times you tell them something. Even if they know it's not the right thing to do, they are constantly testing boundaries.
A 3 year old child is just that, a child and obviously this dog is not suited for a child that young. Doesn't mean that every dog is like that, just this particular one.
I disagree that animals should be left alone while eating/sleeping, etc. ESPECIALLY if you have children. Both of my dogs an English Bulldog that I raised from a pup and my adopted Beagle are both willing to allow my 2 year old to put his hands in their food dishes while they're eating. He snuggles them while they're sleeping, etc. and he also does the bratty 2 year old things like pulling ears and tails and they do nothing more than walk away from him.
I would never put up with a biting dog, and from the situation described here, its unprovoked.
We have had dogs since he was born, he know how to act with a dog, He NEVER bothers her while she is eating and the times she has bit him he was doing nothing but getting on the couch. SO do not make any judgements about my child and discipline, that has nothing to do with the topic. He never acts anyway but nice towards Lacey, b/c he usually pays her know attention at all. He has NEVER had a problem with any of our other pets. Her snapping at him is her doing, not b.c of anything he has done to her
I wanted to think everyone for there advice well almost everyone, but I have decided to sell Lacie because she tried to bite my son twice last night for getting on the bed, I mean this time she really lunged at him. It is just not going to work out but I will make sure she gets a good home.