I just dont know what to do. Our dog is being aggressive towards anyone coming near my one week old. Im not sure if shes just being jealous because hes getting all the attention or being protective, but i cant have her nipping and growling at people like this. Shes not being aggressive towards the baby at all thank goodness, she seems to like him and his very interested in him. she is a min pin by the way.
but does anyone have any suggestions...we dont want to get rid of her but if we have to we will. :(
She's protecting her new LO. She's not jealous of him. He's what? 2 weeks old? It'll take time to adjust and until then, you'll just have to work with her and tell her no if she tries to protect him when someone comes close. Probably keeping her out of the room when company is over is a good idea for a while.
When I had my dog, she wouldn't let anybody near LO except for me and SO. If she didn't know the person, she'd lunge at them. If it was somebody she did know, she'd lay there watching that person like a hawk. We'd pet her and tell her its ok, people can hold and look at the baby.
She'd had puppies recently too, so she was all maternal. When we had to take her to the animal shelter, which was soooo hard for me to do. She wouldn't let the lady near my LO. Falls under one of the worst days of my life.
hes 1 weeks ....
and my dog even lunged and nipped at me and hubby :/ i spanked her butt right away, but shes got like short term memory loss from previous abuse so im not sure if the "no" is sinking in just yet.
<blockquote><b>Quoting Casey Bales:</b>" hes 1 weeks .... and my dog even lunged and nipped at me and hubby :/ i spanked her butt right away, ... [snip!] ... right away, but shes got like short term memory loss from previous abuse so im not sure if the "no" is sinking in just yet. "</blockquote>
Oh no... Well keep at it and if she goes at either of you again, I'd say time to give her up.
im sure shes a little stressed too, we've had so many people in and out of the house and we left her for a whole week because we were at the hospital.
shes a little slow but i do hope she understands soon.
You need to claim YOUR baby. When company comes to the door, make your dog go to a place that YOU want her to(like 10-20 feet away) and have her SIT and STAY until you tell her she can get up. Don't lock her in another room because that isn't teaching her anything. Watch a few Ceaser Milan videos. If you haven't taught her to sit and stay already, start that ASAP. It is sad so many people throw their pets away just because of new babies....
shes not the best with sit and stay, but she does had a crate we call her house, and all we have to say is go to your house and she does. shes not great with comprehending things which does get very frustrating. but we arent going to give her up untill we work with her, we love her lots so we are definitely going to show her who is boss
Your dog thinks you are her pack & she is the leader, not you. This can be corrected though.
So not spank a dog. Especially do not spank one with a history of abuse.
I'm not trying to be harsh, but this is something that is totally preventable. When she starts guarding the baby you get between her and the baby and make a loud "no" sound(whatever feels comfortable for you, mine sounds like a AAANT), point your finger where you want her to go and hold that pose until she goes. You can even take a step towards her so she gets that you want her to step away.
I can seriously be anywhere in the house and hear my cats doing something they are not supposed to and snap my fingers and they will quit doing whatever they are doing because they know it's a no-no. Sorry OP, but it's more an issue of you getting educated than of your dog having a problem.
i know you're not being harsh :) but we do do that, and she responds very well to it for about 5 mins. then she forgets what happened :/ if we keep trying it though it should stick in her head after a bit..hopefully. its the forgetting that she just got punished part that gets frustrating.
the vet said she wouldnt be "normal" after being abused so bad and having open heart surgery and everything. so training her is a bit difficult, we can get things to stick but it does take awhile. but im hopeing when everything settles down and we dont have people staying with us she will calm down a bit more
My grandparents had an aggressive min pin. I say had because he was put down. He was trying to protect my grandfather and would "nip" at anyone that went near them including children. He was muzzled after a while when they had visitors. Eventually he had bitten my grandmother and he was turned over and they put him down.
I don't dog train, as I am a cat person but I will definitely agree alot on alot of the suggestions above because the aggression might not necessarily get better on its own and I'm sure you don't want a situation like my grandparents. :(
Quoting justanothamotha:" Your dog thinks you are her pack & she is the leader, not you.
This exactly. Cesar's website is a good place to start, and read Cesar's Way. Good luck with your dog!