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Old 12-01-2012, 08:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Mr. Buster is working on name change to Bruiser. I have been working on the human chew toy situation and I can get him to stop manhandling me but my 3yr old daughter is not as successful. Her arms are covered with bruises from the pup 'walking' her. He takes hold of her forearm or hand and leads her around. I have told her to say 'ouch' loudly but even her screams and crying won't deter him. I can't leave the two of them alone. He also jumps at her and knocks her down thinking its wrestle mania time. This behavior has escalated this week, since the surgery and his space restriction. I need to nip this, any advice for helping my daughter. She loves and wants to play with him but it usually end up with tears and ice packs. I now have two kids and one is a bully.
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Exactly. And this should be the case with ANY dog and small child. They should be supervised at all times when together, so that any inappropriate behavior (from either dog or child) can be stopped immediately.
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Exactly. And this should be the case with ANY dog and small child. They should be supervised at all times when together, so that any inappropriate behavior (from either dog or child) can be stopped immediately.
Never would, just a figure of speech. Always within reach but am trying to train both of them to coexist.
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Ellie, a teething pup, was shredding my hands, looks like I put them in a blender! Now I keep rawhides and toys at hand always. When she wants to gnaw on me, I "yelp" (loud and shrilly) then replace my body part with a chew or toy. It is working nicely.

I know you can do this, however, a 3 yo is awful young, but I would give it a shot. Also, not leave them alone so you can intervene and substitute kiddy flesh for a toy.
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Exactly. And this should be the case with ANY dog and small child. They should be supervised at all times when together, so that any inappropriate behavior (from either dog or child) can be stopped immediately.
I absolutely endorse this answer. No dog is ever trustworthy enough to be left with a child. Not even the Basset. Kids can be unbelieveable cruel, especially if he nips and it hurts (lash out in response ) which could so easily lead to a full on attack - even the size/weight difference between a boisterous young hound and a child of 3 could be a disaster in the making.
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When a pup nips or bites, any training/response must be consistent from all family members otherwise the pup/dog will be confused as some allow bad manners & others don't. I'd try & keep your voice low & calm, a child's shrill voice (screaming & crying) is only going to excite or escalate the situation, & really no child of that age should be anywhere near a nipping dog. I'd not be giving her raw hide after she's nipped (would think that she looks on it as a treat or a reward), but a toy of some sort to divert her. A good book to read is Ian Dunbar 'The bite stops here'.
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Also, Mr Buster is plenty old enough for obedience classes, which I recommend for all dogs. But make sure you find an instructor that understands how to work with hounds and "non-traditional" breeds.
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Yep - Obedience classes are great for both of you - they're a lot of fun.
Like Vectisv said - here's a good book by the great Dr. Dunbar that you can download.
After You Get Your Puppy. It has a huge section on bite inhibition.
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Yes, Tressa (my daughter) does give him his bone to chew on. She tells him, "No Chewing." Most of the time but every now and then things get crazy between them and it's time for them to take a break. Thanks for the advice and concerns, please know I am a responsible Mom to both of them.
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