|Barked: Mon Jul 23, '12 2:50pm PST |
|No tips for you, just perspective
You cannot expect your toddler to act like a calm, zen, miniature version of a mentally well balanced adult human. There is no way she is going to be able to accurately distinguish his "moods" and then have the where with all to respond accordingly. Most adults don't have that level of awareness and control....just take a peek around dogster, especially this forum, the evidence is everywhere lol
On that same token you cannot expect your three month old prey driven puppy to act like a calm, zen miniature version of a well trained mentally well balanced adult dog. He's been away from mom for a max of 4 weeks (hopefully less). That's nothing in the lifetime of a dog, he's barely acclimated to your home and family. He's going to periodically be a rude, snarky, pain in the butt butt (for lack of a stronger word) for the next 14-20+ months. Miniature Schnauzers are great at dishing out snark. Be prepared for it to last a lot longer than that even. Once you do though the rest of his life he'll be a fantastic companion, and in the end it'll all be worth it. Miniature Schnauzers are huge in my family, I swear they all hit 4-5 years old and there's literally a switch that flips....anything younger than that and I hesitate to even visit the home it resides in. I swear, you can see the horns until then lol
There is nothing wrong with having both a toddler and a puppy (especially one like this) at the same time, I did it many times over when my children were toddler/preschoolers/schoolagers (rowdiness doesn't end with the toddler stage, just in case you weren't aware ). You do however need to have reasonable expectations when managing them both, especially together.
What you are expecting out of either right now is never going to happen.
Let your kiddo act her age, please don't strip her of her childhood right to act rambunctious for the sake of a stinker pup. She should be able to run squealing through your house at her hearts content without getting jumped by an animal. She didn't ask for the dog, and if you keep trying to restrict her spirit because of him she's eventually going to learn to resent him. As long as she isn't picking on or otherwise harassing the dog she should be allowed to behave anyway she's like to around him.
Manage your pup until you have more time to work out the rough edges of his training. He'll come around eventually, but there's no need to subject him to leaping over his personal threshold before he's learned better or her to his assaults.
On that note I disagree completely with those who have said attacking is the wrong word. That's exactly what he's doing, just not with the malicious intent OP may be assuming. All carnivores hone their craft of hunting this way in their infancies. They engage near anyone in the same way because it's a hardwired instinct. Before domestication it was literally THE most essential piece of the survival of the species. After domestication the urge to actually kill waned for some but the instinct to at least learn how to really never did. This is exactly why feral dogs are so great at adapting to fend for themselves.
It's exactly why sighthounds, scenthounds, guardian breeds, sportdogs etc do what they do and like no others, and it's exactly why for some breeds of dog it's literally impossible to overcome infinitely powerful inherent instincts like prey drive. Your dog destuffing that stuffy isn't about your oooh's and awwweeee's, he doesn't care how you feel about it and it's exactly why many dogs will take a chunk out of your arm if you try to take them away mid-disembowelment...bite inhibition learned within a litter isn't done for the sake of human convenience, they wrestle, and romp and bite and pin each other to learn how to fend for themselves should the need ever arise. They chase and mouth and bite their people and other animals to scratch the exact same itch, and it needs to be *trained* on to be controlled. That doesn't happen in a month's time. Sometimes it can't be completely phased out and management the rest of the dogs life becomes essential.
I truly believe some people forget dogs are, in the end, just ANIMALS. Why some people expect so much out of them sometimes is beyond me.
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