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Petsmamas, a little advice please!<br><br>
Little background, about 5 months ago we adopted an 8 month old black lab/golden retriever male from the humane society, he's very laid back, extremely friendly and very good with our overly rambunctious 2.5 yr old son. This afternoon my ds was playing on the couch and when I went to the restroom I heard a short bark and when I came out my son was holding his arm and the dog was looking very sheepish. I think I got out of my ds that he nipped him on the arm, you can see a very, very faint nip mark, barely made a small welt there.<br><br>
Now, here's my dilemma, we keep at my ds to leave the dog alone, try to get him to only do gentle pets and hugs but he'll get started and it's constant trying to get him to stop. When ds gets something in his head he's as hard to sway as a migrating goose. I don't want to take our lovely dog back to the humane society so I'm looking for any suggestions on how to keep this from escalating any farther. The dog has whuffed at him before when he's started crossing boundaries but this is the first time that he's nipped.<br><br>
eta - and we do have a kennel, the dog will go in there to get away from him a lot of the times that ds is being a pest but sometimes we have to keep ds from chasing him in there to keep it the dogs safe place and unfortunately ds knows how to unlock the kennel to go in after the dog if I try to put him in there for safekeeping when I know ds is on a rampage...<br><br>
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Wait, let me be Shannon! Tell me how well I do, 'k?<br><br>
You need to work with the dog and get him used to being messed with. Start with maybe pulling his ear and then immediately giving him a treat, poke him and then give a treat, etc. If the dog starts associating being messed with and getting treats, he'll be less likely to become aggressive.<br><br>
You also need to work on ensuring that your dog sees your son as dominant. Have your son feed the dog, for example, and have him tell the dog to sit first, and make sure he obeys.<br><br>
Finally, you need to keep working on teaching your son not to mess with the dog. If he's hurting the dog, you need to move him away from the dog, or call the dog away; you can't just tell him to stop and expect him to listen. I wouldn't leave the two of them together unsupervised yet, and I'd consider getting a padlock for the crate if your son is opening it to get at the dog. Maybe giving your son more appropraite ways of interacting with the dog will help, like having him tell the dog to sit and come and then giving treats.<br><br>
Okay, grade me... how'd I do?<br><br>
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Wow Dar, thanks!<br><br>
Those make a lot of sense..doh... the last time I had a dog was when I was a kid and I don't remember much. The rest of our pets are cats and they run away, mostly... We will try doing those right away and I guess I'm either taking ds or the dog into the bathroom with me...<br><br>
I give you an A+ but will have to leave the real grading to the experts <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
Thanks so much and if you think of anything else it would be wonderful!<br><br>
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