i have just gotten a family dog. (lab mix) he is extremely attached to me and doesn't really want anything to do with my children or husband. would it be because i am female and he can sense it or do we just have to work a little harder. he is only 8-10 weeks so i don't want to puch too much on him. any sudgestions. he wants to stay in a corner curled up in a blanket all the time.
My basic questions would be, did he come from a home where the female was the one to provide care for him?
Forgot to ask, were there children in the home he came from? Perhaps if there were, they may have been a lttle less than careful with the pup.
Are you the only one to feed, walk, pet and spend time with him? Does he see you as his substitute mom upon whom he relies for everything?
If you have had him vet checked and everything is fine I would suggest you spend time with him and the children together. Make sure the kids don't being by getting in his face (something kids normally do and dogs HATE). Have them begin by sitting quietly whith the pup, petting him. Let them give him treats as rewards for certain behaviors (come for a pet, sitting by them, etc...)
Start small, but remember, you have to train the children as well as the pup.
***Edited By: pyrmom on 11/16/2005 5:20:39 PM*** Reason: forgot
Ditto what Pyrmom says. I have a rescue and he's far from puppy-hood. In the beginning he was extremely attached to me and could care less for hubby. It made it hard because he would end up sleeping by the door waiting for me to come home when I left for work.
After hubby spent more time with him, he's now fine with me being gone. He still likes to follow me everywhere, but now he actually gets up on hubby's lap when I'm in another room.
If the vet doesn't find anything wrong with him, I suggest having the rest of the family spend time with him. And like Pyr says, train the kids too. :)
Tonight he has been great and is actually having fun with the kids. Now seeing him interacting with the kids, it was just alot to take in in the first two days i'm thinking.
I had gotten him from a home but the ppl kept him in a create in the garage with the other pups. Also, there were no younger kids around.
I had made an appointment for the vet but can't get in until next week.
I have another question actually. When i had taken him to the vet to arrange an appointment I was aking about worms cause they are in his bowel movement and they said that is normal for pups to be born with them and gave me some meds. Has anyone else heard of this?
I would give him some time to adjust too. I mean puppies usaully like rough play so when he gets older and likes to be more lazy then I'd try to start hanging around him and if he still doesn't like you then I don't know what to say.Try giving him a lot of doggie treats he'll loooooooove you then.(maybe no promises). Try my ideas they might work.
Entering a new home can be a rough experience for some pups. He's probably just a little scared and unsure of himself. Spend alot of time reasuring him and give alot of positive experiences. He'll come around.
As far as the worm issue goes it is not uncommon for the mothers to pass them to their babies or for them to have them at that age. As long as you've had the vet check him over and they've given you the proper worm medicine he should be fine.
Give him time to adjust. Lots of fun and lots of toys!! Try to make every experience between you and him and you and the kids a positive one for him. He will start to come out of his shell. You also might look in your area for puppy kindergarden classes. They're more for socialization than anything. The more things you can expose him to now the better. Invite people to your home and have a play session with treats and toys. Get him acquainted with all different types of people...kids, adults, male, female. The more you instill these positive experiences the more confident he'll become in himself...trust me...when I adopted my shep. mix she was shy and had been through been through a lot (was hit by a car...broken hip). Anyhow, we just started doing all sorts of things together. She loves both my husband and I and thinks she's queen of the house. She's a totally different dog!
Keadie, pups quite often have worms from their mom's when born. Most pups are wormed (usually about 3 times) before leaving for their new homes. The vet is right, it IS common and easily taken care of as long as it's done properly.
Just remember, depending on the ages of your children to make sure that you "socialize" them as well as Cooper. It takes time for everyone to get adjusted.
Good luck, be patient and loving and I'm sure everyone in the family will find Cooper and the kids inseperable before too long.
***Edited By: pyrmom on 11/16/2005 7:23:57 PM*** Reason: XXX
As others have said, worms are common in pups his age, and as long as he receives meds from the vet for them, they're no biggie.
Your pup has been through a major life change in the past couple of days, so it's not surprising he would need a little time to adjust. As long as you make sure his interactions with the rest of the family are positive ones, he should cope just fine. Make sure the kids are gentle with him, and he will soon think they are the coolest thing ever.
Your puppy is still in his major development phase, so now is the time to encourage him to explore new places, things, and people. Don't push him, but whenever he shows interest in something new, reward him for showing interest and encourage him to continue to explore. The more he's exposed to now in a postive way at this age, the less fearful he will be as adult.
Getting a new puppy can be scary as well as exciting. It sounds like you're doing just fine. Keep telling us stories about him, and when you get a chance, post some pics of him on http://www.dogster.com and give us the link. Around here, we love to look at pics.
WOW!!! I can't believe the responces i have gotten from everyone. Thanks.
Today was absolutely wonderful. Cooper is only 10 weeks old and asking to go outside to pottie already and is playing with the kids alot. Almost too good to be true. It is great. I actually feel kind of guilty thinking that something was wrong with him.
We do have a dog park here just around the corner and are going to sign up but he has to be a certain age first to be able to put him in with the big dogs. They don't recommend puppies to be with the bigger dogs at this age cause he is so young and they, bigger dogs, may not be used to smaller dogs and attack them. that's my news and i'll be closing this forum since i no longer need help.
***Edited By: keadie_raine on 11/18/2005 6:06:17 PM*** Reason: mispelled word