I have a new pet Boxer in the family. Rescued a 9 month old male puppy from a shelter. A month later, he is a big part of the family, and he loves being a ham & center of attention. It's evident he was well cared for, and had some early training. He is especially attached to, and fond of, my 2 year old grandson. They play, eat, hang out, and sometimes nap together. A better, gentler, and more intelligent dog for a family pet you couldn't be blessed with. The dog takes a lot of unintentional playful abuse from the 2 year old, but seems to know he's just a baby, never loses his temper, and will still follow my grandson everywhere despite this every chance he gets, never growling or barking. They've become best friends...
My problem is this: Whenever I put my grandson on his outdoor swing set and begin to push him, the dog simply freaks out. He starts barking & whining, running around us in circles, and tries to stop the swing. He won't stop till I take him out...then he calms down completely once I do.
Anybody have any idea what's going on with my pup ?
My Pit does the same thing when the kids are on the trampolin. He is 7 years old and will not stop. He barks an trys to bite the bottom. I think they are protecting and wanting to play at the same time.
Our jack russel used to flip out when the kids got on the bus for school, he even once got out and bit the tires on the bus , silly beast. Our daschunds dont like bicycles or ppl who are running I think it freaks them out a bit LOL ! I would say he is just being protective, sounds like a great dog!
Sounds like you have a real winner! Best buds with your Grandson and protective nanny dog all in one.
You may want to keep an eye on the dog when strangers come to your home. At least until you know how the dog will react to an unfamiliar person that is interacting with your Grandson. The dog may perceive the interaction as a threat.
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Our mostly Lab did something like that when I was growing up. With the pool no less. We started jumping in, going to the bottom while she jumped in the area and then let her 'save' us so we could go about our swim. She also was the only person that could end discussion's between me and my sister. She'd pinch our behinds effectively ending any sort of loud and heated 'discussion', lol.