We brought home a Teddybear two weeks ago and he and my 5 year old were inseperable. They cuddled and snuggled constantly. Now he has begun nipping and snapping his teeth at her in an aggressive manner. What can I do now?
***Edited By: snickley on 10/3/2006 11:10:22 PM*** Reason: grammar and spelling errors
My guess is that your 'teddybear' thinks your son is a 'puppy' to play with. And he is playing rough like he would w/ other puppies. Or since it is a tiny mixed breed dog, they are more fragil and sometime young children play too rough.
My Chi seems to think that it's okay to playfully bite my 5 y.o. too, we're working on it.
I don't allow the puppy to play with my som unsupervised right now. But I let my son know that it's not okay that she bites him in any way and not to be scared of her.
She already knows what "no biting" means, but I reinforce it by putting my hand briefly around her shoulder area when she bites (probably not a good description, but I use the "alpha dog" hold in a gentle manner of course). I try to make it as clear to her that it's not okay to bite in any way without saying her name, yelling, or giving any kind of affection. She's getting the idea, but I also realize that she's still teething and we'll need to work on it for a while.
In reply, my Teddy Bear, mixed breed, is 12 weeks old. We have had her home for two weeks. How can we teach our dog that our daughter is not his equal? Also, he has a puppy playmate, a puggle, who is 10 weeks. They are both male.
You just need to let the puppy know that it's not okay to bite in a calm way. You are your dog's boss. I would say no in a stern voice when the puppy bites and if the puppy doesn't respond, physically touch her and say no when she bites. If that doesn't work and she keeps biting, remove her from the situation and ignore her till she can be around you/your child without biting.
Also, I had to make it clear to my son that biting is not okay even if it's playful. He would let her mouth his hand because right now it doesn't hurt. But when she's older, I don't want her thinking it's okay to bite anyone in anyway.