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    Starting to get Nippy

    Yesterday Jackson had a bone in his mouth and my son (2 yrs old) went up to him and started patting him on the head and Jackson growled at him and snapped on his hand...he didn't break skin...my kids are ruff on him but u would think that after having him so long he would be used to it...its no excuse for my kids to be ruff and I know that which for now on they are no longer allowed to be mean/play ruff with the dog....Jackson is also and always has been very mouthy with the kids when they touch him any suggestions on how to stop that? Please no criticism I already know I need to teach my kids to be nice and more gentle with the dog! My kids are young 3 1/2 and 2 yrs old

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    Re: Starting to get Nippy

    Give Jackson high priority items such as bones only in his crate and teach the kids that the crate is the dog's special place and they must leave him alone when he is in his crate (door open or closed)..

    I know your kids are very young but let them be a part of his training. Even your 2 year old can tell the dog to sit (with you there to enforce his command). This will help the dog to know that the kids out rank him and your kids will be proud of their achievements.

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    Re: Starting to get Nippy

    Thank you for the advise...any advise on the mouthing?

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    Re: Starting to get Nippy

    I agree with Skelaki, all high value toys bones etc should only be available to Jackson when he is safely confined. This is the early signs of resource guarding and if you don't help him feel secure that his stuff is his, your children are at risk of being bitten. The fact that he didn't break skin shows good bite inhibition but his level of tolerance can only expected to go so far.

    Please don't see this as criticism..but the kids cannot be allowed to roughhouse the puppy. It matters not how tolerant or intolerant he is (though tolerance is certainly a good thing) but it is unfair to the dog to expect him to tolerate abuse from the toddlers. Since the kids are so young it is up to YOU. If you cannot be actively supervising, the pup and the kids should be separated...this is where your crate becomes very handy.

    Also, I highly recommend you talk to a good positive trainer about how to teach your pup that you and others are not a threat when it comes to things he has in his possession. Resource guarding does not just go away, it is a normal dog behaviour but can escalate if not dealt with properly as punishment can make it worse.

    Sorry, missed the mouthing part...
    When the kids and pup are "playing" it is helpful to keep pup on a short leash so you can grab and remove him when he starts getting mouthy..puppies think little kids are littermates and try to play with them like he would another puppy. If he gets mouthy he needs to be removed, given a play or chew toy to work on or given a short leash time out. If he calms down he can go back, if not then it's break time and he should be crated with a good chewy (this is not punishment) and the kids can go play on their own.

    Teaching a "leave it" command, working on his recall, and just basically making sure he doesn't have the opportunity to nip helps a lot.
    Last edited by Cracker; 08-04-2009 at 08:09 AM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
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