Crackers was like this already when we got him. So we didnt make him like that. His mouth is so small the bites dont hurt. He wouldnt come out from hiding for the first day we had him, he was so scared. He even bit me at first. I made him feel safe and he has not bit me since we first got him. He only did it when you would just grab him to pick him up, he was scared. And he will pee a small bit when he is scared. I dont know what they did to him before we got him. He really only gets snippy when kids are being loud and moving alot. He really isnt as bad as he used to be.
Keep Crackers away from children. I understand that Crackers came to you scared but he can't bite. Love him but don't let him put his mouth on you. You have to be firm but no hitting. Once you let him know the rules it should get better. Now Madde is going to be protective of her babies but you can't let her go after anyone. You teach her not to put her mouth on you. Tell her no in a firm voice and don't let any children around her while she still has pups. Start training NOW.
i had the same problem only mine was a 85 lbs american bulldog. she wasnt biting my kids just standing in the door way broad shouldered not letting them by. after apx. 3 weeks the aggression will die down and she will let anyone pet the pups
No, se should not be permitted to bite...but there too much activity going on around her. She is a new mom and is naturally going to protect her babies. She should not be in a room where there are people in and out all the time. Many dogs will choose one person that is allowed around the pups and this will stay that way for a few weeks or more. She really needs placed somewhere else for now until the pups are older.
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.
To me thats unacceptable but I guess everyone has their different opinions. Momma dogs can be pretty protective, its crazy what some dogs (or humans) will do to protect there pups (children).
It seems she is being "protective" when there is no threat. Possibly she just doesn't like or respect kids that much.
I once had mom/pups in the dining room. Several different people met them, no aggression from mom. One 10yr girl that helped me with my dogs brought her mom and younger sibs over as she was so proud and excited. No aggression. That was the only time I had pups in a "public room". Now they are always in their own room and whelping area. To me it is bad if they bite a household member though. I don't understand it, unless there is another problem. My Uncle who was mean to my Grandma's female was growled at when he tried to touch her pups. No one else in our family was, which includes 20 other people, kids and adults.
When I gave birth to my son our female had her pups the same day. My husband surprised me in the hospital. He brought me my digital camera I was like, what is this for? Then I looked and there were puppy pics. So anyway we had almost a 4 day hospital stay. He had come back there and then called our dog sitter to care for the dogs that day. She went and let the dogs out and fed/watered them, pottied them all that. Then she also took care of the mom and the lil ones in the room. She is practically a stranger coming into the den, taking mom out, checking the pups, ect and the female never showed her any aggression. She said she liked playing with the pups and they were all so cute. After that my in laws took care of them (only mom/pups) since we were going to be away a few days. They have kept mom/pups at their place before/after, they are great. So I would think a household member would be accepted by the mom dog.
Sounds like you have your hands full. Do you have 2 doors on your house? Could you install a doggie door so your dog can go in and out on it's own? If so could you gate off an area surrounding that door and let her have her have her own area... plus the pups near her and this way she can go in and out too. It's a bad time right now...with her and her pups..she is only trying to protect them AS YOU ARE TO DO THE SAME WITH YOUR SON..ETC.. Give her her area right now.. and after awhile...you will need to retrain her... or send her to obedience school.
I'm shocked. The biting issues are pretty serious. The dogs should not be allowed to bite your son, regardless of the reason. The mom, and eventually the pups, should be taught where their place is. Along with that comes trust. You need to be able to trust your dogs not to bite your son or anyone else. The old saying of treating others the way you would want to be treated pertains on pets, too.
I tryed this and it worked, I am going to keep doing it untill it works for good. I put Madde's pups on my bed and of course Madde comes too. I had my son on the bed also and me too. I had my son touch and pet Madde and her pups. She did do I little lunge without a growl or a bite, and I corrected her. She kept her eye on him, but no growling or lunging. Her lunging is just a nose stab, like a warning. She does that to my Yorkie as a warning. My Yorkie boy is totally submisive to her. So I am going to do that everyday untill she trust him that he will not hurt them. I think her whole problem is a trust issue.
Pen, you got to the question before I did about her son's age. Does your son play rough with her and Crackers in a way that they don't like?? I'm not saying he is being mean to them only asking....because when I was little for example, my parents had a boxer, I would nudge him with my toe to get him to chase after me when he was a puppy. Needless to say, he would try to nip at my ankles everytime I walked too close to him until the day he died!
I agree with everyone else, though, She should not be biting him! I would talk to your vet or other more knowledgeable people on here, but I don't know if "forcing" her to be nice to your son while he is petting the pups is the right thing to do. The last thing you want is for her to bite him and you because of it....
She has babies. She is protective over her babaies. It is her natural instinct to be that way. Do not try to force any interaction between her, her babies, and your son. Let her be alone with her babies, period. She really needs her own space , away from your son and everyone else. She is stressing right now because she doesnt have any privacy. Set up some sort of pen. An x-pen would be perfect. But give the poor girl her privacy, so that she can feel that her babies are safe. When her pups are weaned and not so dependent on their mother, would be a good time to ease your son into the picture. Right now she is better left alone and away from everyone else.
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
He doesnt even try to play with her, he dont try to do anything with her cause she will try to get him. If she jumps up next to him on the couch he will pet her and she is fine. But the second he stands up she will bark at him. And if he goes twards the bedroom, even if he isnt even going in there, she will nip at the back of his legs. He cant even go to the bathroom without her barking and nipping at him. She needs to learn to trust him, but she cant do that if I keep them apart. She was already unsure about my son before she even had her pups. He hasnt done anything to her to make her scared. The people we got her from kids must have scared her, now she is affraid of my son. My other 2 bigger dogs have absolutly no problem at all with my son. Its just these 2 little dogs. He has never been mean to them. They have no reason to be like this.
She does have her privacy. She is alone all day long. She comes in and out of the bedroom, leaving her pups in there. In the evening when everyone is home, she still comes out of the room leaving her pups in there. I didnt make her leave her pups, she does it on her own. Then she gets nippy when my son wants to get up to go to the kitchen or bathroom. My son hardley ever goes into the bedroom, Only to go to bed or get a toy or watch a little TV. Sometimes she will bark at him while he is just laying in bed trying to sleep, and other times she will leave the room and her pups while my son is in the room sleeping or watching tv. He gives her no reason to do this. He dont do anything to Crackers either. sometimes he is fine with my son, sometimes he is not. They are unpredictable at times.
And if I keep her caged up she gets stir crazy and starts digging around the cage and pushing her pups around. I keep her caged all night long while we are asleep. She also diggs everywhere in the house. She just walks around looking for more places to dig. She diggs the couch, under the recliner, in cloths, a pillow, in my bed. Why does she did so much.
I wasn't trying to say your son was being mean to him at all. Please don't take it that way.
Unfortunatly, sometimes dogs are abused or mistreated from other homes and cases where there might not be anything you can do about it now with her. But I def. wouldn't have your son petting her or her pups when she is already leery of him, because she is being protective. I don't know what else to tell you....sorry.
Mom24, she's digging to find a private place. Somehow she has not got enough privacy, which is hard for you in a small place. If I was you, I'd get an x pen, as Dusty suggested, and cover the whole thing with big blankets, so it'll be her private fort. Leave the door open ;so she can still get in and out, but put her food and water in there. Its quite possible that she has'nt been exposed to children before, or she's been exposed to them, and been teased and mistreated, because she obviously does'nt trust your son. Get your son to ignore her totally, unless she comes to him, and then get him to give her a little treat, but leave it at that. Tell him not to try to play with her, and not to touch the pups at all. She'll come around. Good luck.
I am trying to make a place that I can put up and keep up the pen. It will be more room for them. One pup crawled half out of the kennel then went back in. Next they will be getting out all the way.
When she goes to my son, I tell him to pet her, so she will know he is nice and wont hurt her. But sometimes he dont even wanna pet her cause she is mean to him. But I just tell him if he wants her to be nice, then he has to show her he is nice so she knows he wont hurt her. I think I will do the treat thing now too. I feel bad for my son cause the little dogs just dont like him like we want them too. I know he is sad too. He asked why they dont like him. Its sad. Cause he is nothing but nice. I think after the pups are weaned I will take them to training and bring my son too, So they will listen to him and trust him.