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    Default Re: Suddenly Snipping at kids....;(

    Quote Originally Posted by Corinnalaverne View Post
    I will keep an eye out for what triggers him. Last night the baby and i was sitting on a blanket on the floor watching tv, Herc came up and laid infront of us, the baby moved his foot and barley grazed Hercs leg and boom herc bit the baby in the face, no blood, a hole where his tooth went in and its bruised now its getting very old!

    I think you need to bring a trainer into the home, if you have not already, to get an idea of what is going on... jealousy, pain or behavioral change??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicaroo1000 View Post
    Oy vey.

    How's your pup doing?
    We have realized that you CAN"T touch him while he is sleeping or relaxing, he will snip at me and the husband. I think it scares him! He is defiantly trying to establish dominance, and we are working on that. He tries to control the husband and i now, he more snips at us than the kids. I put his crate up and when he is in there i told the kids he needs a break do not touch herc when he is in his crate and that seems to be working well. He has been fixed since he was about 6 months old and is now humping me and the husband, and is now lifting his leg and spraying everything in the yard, at least its not in my house! He is also trying to tell my huge siberian husky Kyra that he is in charge and well she isn't having it. I hope eventually he will figure out who is in charge!

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    Default Re: Suddenly Snipping at kids....;(

    Quote Originally Posted by Corinnalaverne View Post
    We have realized that you CAN"T touch him while he is sleeping or relaxing, he will snip at me and the husband. I think it scares him! He is defiantly trying to establish dominance, and we are working on that. He tries to control the husband and i now, he more snips at us than the kids. I put his crate up and when he is in there i told the kids he needs a break do not touch herc when he is in his crate and that seems to be working well. He has been fixed since he was about 6 months old and is now humping me and the husband, and is now lifting his leg and spraying everything in the yard, at least its not in my house! He is also trying to tell my huge siberian husky Kyra that he is in charge and well she isn't having it. I hope eventually he will figure out who is in charge!
    Ohmygoodness you have your hands full.

    That "No touch, No talk, No eye contact" thing? It really would be super helpful to Herc if you fully implement this policy with you, your husband and the kids especially. I like the "leave Herc alone" rule when he's in his crate. That crate should be a peaceful haven for him. A den of sorts. Do you have a blanket put over the top? Sometimes this makes it even more alluring for the pup -- particularly when the home is full of children running around.

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    Oh my gosh, late to this one. You have gotten great advice already, lets see what I can add. He is at that teenager phase where he wants to move up in the pack. I have had great success with hand feeding my miila. The situations weren't the same at all, she was fighting with the other 2 pups but I would think your kids r her pack just like a pup would be. Have your 2 older kids help in hand feeding once you have gotten it down well yourself so he nows they r in fact his leader as well. Allow the to quietly watch you hand feed so they learn the right commands etc from you. (My 4 year old can feed and give commands and they listen almost as well as if it was me) to start with miila I made her sit/stay while I filled her bowl and set it a foot or so in front of her. She drooled and shakes like crazy but ignore that. Take your time and grab a handful of food from the bowl having him practice his sit, down, high five etc. must do at least 1 trick before getting to eat the food out of your hand. Take your time in between handfuls, basically setting in that you decide when and if he eats. With mii it took a little while before I saw huge progress and then loosened up some. Once you get to that point I would allow your kids to join in and help, calmly. I hope this helps somehow, I know how disheartening it is when you fear your baby could hurt your kids. Also a behaviorist is a great idea as well. Not a trainer, a behaviorist. They are skilled in this type of thing.

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    We have a cover that came with the crate that goes over it. And Herc is food aggressive he will bite your hand off trying to get the treat from you, when he is eating you can not touch him or he will snap! So feeding him from hand is kind of out of the question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corinnalaverne View Post
    We have a cover that came with the crate that goes over it. And Herc is food aggressive he will bite your hand off trying to get the treat from you, when he is eating you can not touch him or he will snap! So feeding him from hand is kind of out of the question.
    That snapping is precisely why you SHOULD be doing it. How else will he learn? You cannot be afraid of your own dog. That's bad energy to share with him as it reinforces his idea that he's somehow the one in control of everything. Granted, this isn't a job for kids --- yet -- but if you're going to genuinely rehabilitate this dog, you need some help here from a professional and hand feeding and the "Nothing in Life is Free" way to go is your ticket to success -- along with a lot of time, patience and strong leadership.

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