Janie Grace Posted August 13, 2012 Share Posted August 13, 2012 (edited) We have a seven-month-old English Shepherd (think Aussie/border collie mix). He has been a great puppy so far -- responsive to learning commands (sit, lie down, stay, roll over, shake, leave it, etc), very gentle with the "baby" (my 2yo), eager to please, etc. My 5yo son has always been a bit skittish about him -- the only one of our five kids to have some fear towards dogs. There are times when I have to speak to him about being harsh towards the dog (yelling at him, pressing down on his back to "correct" him), but generally they are fine together. Ds doesn't spend time petting the dog, and the dog doesn't greet him with joy the way he does the rest of us. They are just kind of ambivalent towards each other. Today, the dog (out of the blue) jumped up and bit him on the face. This happened twice in about a minute. He wasn't growling or angry, it was just this matter-of-fact action (I can't think of a better way to describe it). The first time, I wasn't in the room, came in, verbally corrected the dog, and then it happened again. Ds was just walking by and the dog jumped up and nipped him. The bites didn't break the skin, but ds is (understandably) very upset and now even MORE nervous around the dog. What should I do??? I know a lot of people say "get rid of the dog" as soon as something like this happens, but I have to think there is a way to intervene and fix this. He's still a puppy. Does anyone have ideas? Obviously I will not risk my ds's safety to keep this dog. I will be present anytime they are around each other. What would you do in my shoes? Also, I wanted to mention two other things... this is a "herding" breed but so far we haven't seen any herding tendencies. Also, this dog is not neutered yet. The breeder said to wait til he is one year old as it's better for them health-wise. But I am now wondering if that would help. He is starting to mount the (fixed) female neighbor dog and is getting rougher towards other dogs. Edited August 13, 2012 by Janie Grace more info Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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