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Help-doesn\'t like small children

Amanda EvansAmanda Evans Posts: 28Member
edited 9 October, 2009 in Australian Shepherd
My puppy is almost 5 months old and so far has been really good with people other than the fact that she is super submissive. The problem that has developed recently is that when she is around small children (ages 2-4, hasn't been around babies) she gets nervous exited and then when they try to pet her she snaps at them. Not the grab and hold on sort of bite but a quick snap and let go sort. (she hasn't actually gotton ahold of them but my sis blocked her one time and she caught her sleave). I don't think she is being vicious but I don't know how to make her more relaxed, she is really excitable. The last time it happened I told her "NO!" and jerked her leash and then took her away when she wouldn't calm down and walked her a bit. The lady I got her from has a son that is about 5-6 and was around them a lot and she has no problem with that age and up (she loves to play with my younger cousin). I go out with her a lot and we have gone to some puppy training classes and start basic obedience this weekend (am going to ask the trainer about this too). Sorry this is so long but any advice is appreciated.


  • edited 9 October, 2009
    She sounds overly excited. Chase has always had a problem with kids.. though he doesn't snap. But, what I did (and still do if they kids are running around and yelling, upsets him) is make him sit. If they kids wanna pet him, I tell them they need to calm down and I give them a treat to give him. It's worked pretty well... Being overly excited seems to be a Aussie pup thing lol. Chase had a huge problem controlling his excitment around anyone.. Our beginners obedience helped with that, hopefully yours will to! I don't know what kinda nip it is.. Is it a I wanna play nip and she is just so excited she doesn't know what she is doing or a "hey get away from me" nip?
  • Amanda EvansAmanda Evans Posts: 28Member
    edited 9 October, 2009
    Definately a "get away from me nip". She will growl for a second then snap at them. She doesn't do this to anyone thats older but ya she is definately overly exited all the time. No matter how much I walk, run, or play she does not know the meaning of the word calm.:D
  • edited 9 October, 2009
    I remember, one time in our puppy class.. A kid around 5 ran by Chase and he flipped out and started barking. Our trainer gave the kid some hot dog bites, told them to walk calmly to the dog, not doing any fast movements and not to talk to the dog and hand him the hot dog and then pat him on the head and say "good boy". From then on out, that's what I'd do if a child wanted to pet Chase. I always carried treats with me, so Chase thinks Kids = Treats. If it's safe, I would try that. Otherwise, if she is still trying to snap I'd ask the trainer or find a behaviorist.
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