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So were all moved in and bazel seems to be doing well! Have found a poetical problem with him :unsure:, he seems to be very nervous and unsure around children and dose not like it at all when they rush in to pet him??! This i don't get his former owner had a child about 5 years of age and they seemed to get alone great. any ideas how to work on this????? :blink:


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This i don't get his former owner had a child about 5 years of age and they seemed to get alone great. any ideas how to work on this????? :blink:


Does not mean it was a happy experience for the dog. Also consider that the previous child in the dogs life may not of rushed him and approached in a more appropriate manor.
An animal charging you regardles of the size can be scary, especial in terms of 5 year old and a basset which are nearly equal in size. I don't now if we are taking about stranger or not but it is appropriate to teach kids to behave appropriate around dogs. The dog will apprecieate you protecting him from such behavior and not feel it necessary to correct the child's behavior on its own. When encountering a child that is rush at the dog simply step in between the dog an child and then show the child how to approach in a calm and gentle manor.

As for correcting the problem Patrica Mcconnell's booklet Cautious Canine is a good place to start
"How to help dogs conquer their fears with desensitization and counter conditioning. Step by step instructions to help you dog get over his fear of unfamiliar people. ***If you want to use the program for something besides a dog who's afraid of strangers, just substitute the relevant species and problem and go from there. It can be used to get over fear of the vet, a ceiling fan, whatever - as long as the behavior problem is motivated by fear. Even people can use the program! "

Counter Conditioning and Desensitization

Hugging Your Dog
The point that McConnell discusses very well and clearly in her new book is that to a dog, a hug (arm OVER its back or neck, leaning on it, confining it, etc.) most closely resembles several gestures of dominance. So we might expect that a dog that is not used to being hugged, or a dog who gets a hug from a stranger (or from a child who may take it a bit too far) might interpret the gesture as one of dominance or aggression and react accordingly.[/b]

Dog Safety for Humans
How should you approach a strange dog? With outstretched hand? Should you pat him on the head? Under the chin?

The answer is simple: never approach or touch a strange dog. If you would like to meet a dog, there are two conditions: first, the presence of an owner who can inform you whether the dog likes strangers. And, second, the approach test: crouch down and invite the dog to approach you with an encouraging voice. The dog will accept or decline the invitation.[/b]
Helping the Shy or Fearful Dog
a milder intensity and combined with a fun or positive association. So, a dog who is afraid of children might start to feel more comfortable if he regularly sees children but at a distance where he doesn’t feel too worried. Then, if his guardian praises, pats him and gives him treats after the dog has noticed the kids, the dog might start to see the kids as good news: “Wow, great things happen to me when kids are around!”[/b]
He Just wants to say Hi!
"Aggression or appropriate response to rudeness? Far too many dogs suffer because handlers & trainers don't know the difference between the two. "
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