Please tell me if i'm right or wrong.

(11 Posts)
doggydo Wed 01-May-13 22:14:14

DS who is 7 was playing in the garden,with 4mth old puppy.
DS was most likely running around, and puppy was most likely chasing him.Not sure about this because i had popped into the house.
Anyway puppy bit DS on his arm.It's more like puppy's tooth has dragged on his arm,then a close mouth bit.iykwim
It has broke the skin,and looks quite deep,and about a centimetre long.
But i didn't see what happened,and DS didn't tell me straight away.It had been at least 5mins before i knew about it.(thats how long DS had been in the house before in told me).
I called puppy in and made her lie down,but didn't do anything else.I felt it was pointless because she wouldn't know why i was telling her off.
I don't know what else i could have done,or do now.I know puppy needs to learn not to jump up,but i honestly think she was just playing.
Then somebody said,that if it was them and their DC,they would be getting rid of the puppy.That it wasn't worth the risk.
Of course DS comes first, but they aren't right are they?

WTFisABooyhooISBooyhoo Wed 01-May-13 22:18:48

rule 1 of keeping dogs and children:
kids and dogs must be supervised together. if you go into the house, then puppy must come too. no exceptions to this rule.

No, they're not. Puppies mouth and bite because they don't know any better. It's not aggression. Your puppy is very young still, and it sounds like she has caught your DS with a sharp tooth. It's not a bite as such.

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Wed 01-May-13 22:20:36

Surely if puppy had bitten him aggressively your ds would have been able to explain it as so? He would tell the difference between jumping up and accidently catching as opposed to deliberately taking hold of him?

Four months is probably a bit young for deliberate aggression, isn't it? I hesitate to rehome a four month old puppy on that alone, to be honest.

I'm sure someone with a bit more know how will be along in a minute.

doggydo Wed 01-May-13 22:29:15

DS has speech delay,so finds it hard to explain what happened.
But yes i do take full blame.I shouldn't have left them alone together.
So i'm going to put it down has a learning experiance.

Any advice on how to stop puppy jumping up? She doesn't do it all the time.But she does tend to jump up DS when in the garden.
I think they just love to play together,but i need to sort the jumping up before she gets much older/bigger.

Have you tried the 'like a tree' thing? Where you tell your DS to turn his back and fold his arms on a jumpy, bitey puppy and basically ignore it completely?

WTFisABooyhooISBooyhoo Wed 01-May-13 22:35:09

yes, when she jumps (and thsi is for all of you, not just kids) you turn your back on her and fold your arms (i call it 'be a tree'- as in be still and straight) give no eye contact or attention. no shouting "down" or "no" because she will associate whatever you say with jumping.

so turn round, fold arms, look away, stay silent. ignore until she loses interest in you. she might try and come round your front and jump again, so you turn the other way. keep it up and she'll realise that jumping means no attention whatsoever and that is the last thing she wants. she wants attention so you make sure that she only gets attention for doing the things you want her to do.

teach your dcs how to be a tree aswell. mine picked it up really quick but really our dog doesn't jump at all (except on command) as we nipped it in the bud really early.

WTFisABooyhooISBooyhoo Wed 01-May-13 22:35:59

oh xpost chickens! grin

doggydo Wed 01-May-13 22:36:01

Thank you Chickens .
I will get DS to try the 'tree' thing.

doggydo Wed 01-May-13 22:39:54

Thank you too WTF.
That's really good advice and of course makes sense.

WTFisABooyhooISBooyhoo Wed 01-May-13 22:49:48

most of it does make sense when you think it through. i think alot of people pick up ideas or attitudes to dog/pet care over their lives and just apply it without thinking through the logic of it.

i know a dad at the dcs school who 'trained' his puppy not to jump by squeezing her nose hard with his hand when she jumped confused. his logic was "she doesn't like it, see?" well, yes i can see your dog wincing in pain and trying to escape from your grip so i can tell she doesn't like it, but what i cant see is why gripping her nose has any connection to jumping!

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