I have a 13 week old Great Dane puppy. I got her at 8weeks old. We have been working on all the basics, like pottying, sit, lay, leave it, come. Walking on leash we go to parks on walks to picnics. I have been trying to really socialize her. I watch the show its me or the dog and follow her training tips. The older she gets the more aggressive she is getting with 2 and 4yr old boys. They do get in her face and are loud and she probably feels threatened by it. She will growl and snap at them. I keep punishing my boys and explaining why they cant do it, but they are little boys so they listen like rocks. What should I do to show my pup that this is not exceptable behavior. If I do the same thing she will also react the same. Like beating on the couch and yelling next to where she is sitting. We are so excited to have her but have to get this behaviour curbed before she gets any bigger (she is already half the size of my Lab). Any advice would be great!
I would suggest a perfessional trainer. She could see her self as Alpha over your boys, and that is how she is showing it. Agression is not somthing you should tackel on your own, it can become very dangerous for you and your family. If your boys can't listen, then maybe the dog would be happier in another home. If your boys are making her uncomfortable, but getting in her face she is protecting herself. It really is unfair to her to allow suck behavior. Maybe your childern are just to young to have a dog, and you might want to place the dog into a better situation. She could really hurt one of your children if you allow them to disrespect her space, and she snaps.
I guess I'm a "bad mommy" but I typically will not allow a family with a child younger than 5 to purchase one of my puppies. Even at at age, I have had parents bring their child over to my house for several puppy playdates before they took him or her home with them.
My husband's brother has 2 boys, 7 and 5, and they just got their 2nd puppy about 3 months ago. When they were 2 and 4, they had a beagle and it bit the oldest one so badly that he had to have surgery. My SIL said he was sitting on the couch watching tv but the vet said that he felt a threat because of the toy that he was holding. I don't know about all of that but I do know that he isn't afraid of dogs and they own a beautiful Boston Terrier now.
It may be that your boys need to be a little older before getting a puppy. Does she stay inside? Sorry I don't have any better advice but I do wish you the best of luck!
Don't worry about tomorrow; it has never happened before.
She does stay inside and its not the only dog we have. My boys are pretty good with our older dog. They have played with other puppies who play ruff and oddly the boys had a blast. Our new puppy doesn't look at humans like someone to play with. She only plays with our other dog and wont even play with my husband when our other dog does. The boys are not being mean to her or anything, just trying to play with her.
She could have a different personality. Not all dogs take well to young childern. You stated they get in her face, I had an aussie who would bite you if you did that to her. Her space and it needed to be respected.
Where did you get the puppy from( I forgot what I read sorry). I have agree with the other breeder above, I don't sell many puppies to families with small childern becuase of the problems that can arise. I would talk to the breeder and see what they have to say.
I hate to sound harsh but get rid of the puppy now, before it gets any harder or you end up in the ER. I breed Schnauzers and I can tell you that a puppy who doesn't like children never will. He needs an Adult Only home before he gets any older.