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MrsWolowitz Wed 01-May-13 09:02:47

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Kormachameleon Wed 01-May-13 09:09:00

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MrsWolowitz Wed 01-May-13 09:14:07

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DeepRedBetty Wed 01-May-13 09:19:35

Why on earth are you letting him sleep on your bed? I don't do Dominance/Submission either but there are limits!

HousewifeFromHeaven Wed 01-May-13 09:25:19

I didn't think they docked tails anymore!

KittensoftPuppydog Wed 01-May-13 09:25:45

Having a dog sleep on your bed is lovely. The rescue home we got ours from advises it. Dogs are pack animals and like sleeping in a pile.

MrsWolowitz Wed 01-May-13 09:26:22

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Lilcamper Wed 01-May-13 09:26:32

Cockers can be a bit snappy. I know it's hard, but try not to tell him off for growling, it's his way of warning that he isn't happy. Lots of environmental management, never leave the children in supervised with him. The kids need to be taught not to hand feed him at the moment, but to chuck them in his general direction and absolutely leave him alone when he has picked them up. I two year old human is soo confusing to a dog. They move funny and they sound funny.

I have a great link for kids and dogs living together peacefully. Give me two secs and I'll find it.

MrsWolowitz Wed 01-May-13 09:26:45

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HousewifeFromHeaven Wed 01-May-13 09:26:46

For the grammar police:

I was unaware that the docking of tails is still in existence grin

MrsWolowitz Wed 01-May-13 09:28:02

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HousewifeFromHeaven Wed 01-May-13 09:28:40

they move funny and sound funny

Ha ha ha!!

Lilcamper Wed 01-May-13 09:29:03

Here you go:

The rest of the blog is worth looking at too smile

MrsWolowitz Wed 01-May-13 09:30:13

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HousewifeFromHeaven Wed 01-May-13 09:30:38

Oh right! Though someone has pointed out to me that it's still done if the dog is working. The education of mumsnet!

Lilcamper Wed 01-May-13 09:30:53

Actually Kitten dogs are not pack animals, there is an article on that subject in the link I posted.

Lilcamper Wed 01-May-13 09:36:00

Dogs tails gan still be docked if they are going to be working and only by a vet.

PlasticLentilWeaver Wed 01-May-13 09:44:21

Not in Scotland, they can't be docked, not by anybody, even if working. Given that more tail injuries occur in the home than when working, the get out clause for working dogs is insane. Off the point though...

I'm afraid I agree re getting him off the beds. Its more about him knowing his place in the pack, and that he is not your equal, rather than dominance.

I would also not be allowing the kids to give treats until you have begun professional training with him. Even though you say the treats were finished, it sounds as if this was a food/possession issue. And therefore one that you can avoid for the moment.

fanoftheinvisibleman Wed 01-May-13 09:46:33

My puppy drew blood on a few occaisions at that age and went through on awful snarly stage at about 10 weeks. He is nine months now and it is all a dim and distant memory now. It was over ages ago. I honestly think it is a stage they go through and mine is the most super chilled easy going (for a terrier disclaimer grin) little guy. He never bites now even playing rough.

Hang in there.

Lilcamper Wed 01-May-13 09:47:06

Dogs aren't pack animals smile

MrsWolowitz Wed 01-May-13 09:49:55

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Lilcamper Wed 01-May-13 09:56:33

If you introduce a crate make it a happy place, feed him his meals in there, put lovely stuffed kongs and chews in, leave the door open at first, then closed for two min, and as long as he, isn't making a fuss, gradually increase the time.

Scuttlebutter Wed 01-May-13 10:13:42

Honestly, I think the bed thing is a complete distraction. As you've said, lots of dogs sleep on beds and they don't turn into Bond villains.

Keep going with the positive training, classes and careful management of DC. If you want him to sleep in a crate, that's fine, but I honestly can't see how it will make any difference.

Lilcamper Wed 01-May-13 10:41:37

I agree Scuttle. Just because he enjoys the warmth and comfort of sleeping with his humans does not mean he is plotting to overthrow the government grin

KittensoftPuppydog Wed 01-May-13 11:59:18

Actually the 'pack' thing is a contested point. Call it 'social' if you like.
Having had the opportunity to observe dogs that have never been domesticated I can tell you that they will form close companionships and will join together in a larger group for specific goals, hunting and protection.

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