|Natajh Mahal- (Taji)|
Tough as- nails... if mom- is holding me
|Barked: Mon Oct 19, '09 6:04pm PST |
|Hey, thanks everyone for the help you've offered, sorry I haven't been around to reply till now.
Living situation is this: I'm a college student living at home, brother is 11, and I can't leave because I can't afford to. They're all stubborn, my dad's answer was "get rid of all the dogs in 5 days or I shoot them" (not serious of course, just angry) my brother basically told me to fly a kite, even when I told him I would have to put the dog to sleep if he ever bit anyone. Mum told me I was overreacting, and my uncle (who lives with us) did nothing.
So, that's why I can't get family support, I really honestly can't. Sorry to say we aren't a "family meeting" sort of group. And since mum and dad don't like Taji, they would soon see me get rid of him, which I just can't. If we overcame his desire to eat my pet mouse, we can do anything.
More basic info:
Generally I try to keep Taji with me 24/7, and he likes it that way, he's very mommy-oriented. This helps a lot, however I can't bring him to campus or work, obviously, and there are times I am busy and he has to stay home or I am not paying total attention to him when I am home.
Now, everyone has their own opinions on everything, and I don't mean to dismiss anyone here, but I think there is a difference between a play-bite and a real bite WITH SPECIFIC PEOPLE. In court, a bite is a bite, no matter what, end of story, which is the reason I'm here. However, with Taji, if he "bites" me (when he is angry, not playing) it's a fake-out, he hardly touches me at all and usually does it with a closed or only partially open mouth. This is how he reacts to adults bothering him, he whips his head about and hits them with his muzzle (mouth closed), or just squirms and tries to get away.
He has NEVER (yet) actually even tried to play-bite anyone besides family, but he does mouth at hands when playing sometimes, very very gently. Usually a puppet is used instead of a bare hand, and he knows he is allowed to bite a toy, and you can tell the difference between when you have a puppet and when you don't.
It's the situation of chasing that worries me a lot because I know how quickly it can move beyond just a chase, and while I don't think the is the biting kind at all, it frightens children a lot and the possibility is without doubt there that he could bite.
A couple of things that speaks really good for him though, are first, the fact that he has been tormented a lot by babies and itty bitty children, and he ALWAYS does nothing more than scoot away if he doesn't like something. They've gone so far as to grab his ears, and he just shook his head a little. He loves babies, and lets my friend's daughter drag him around on his leash and hug him and do all sorts of things, and has never even made me think he might possibly nip.
Of course he's always VERY CLOSELY WATCHED when around any young people. It's just kids who are able to run that spark the unwanted behavior, especially boys.
Second, Zac has to really bother him to get him to chase when I'm around, he teases and pesters him (no matter how many times I tell him to knock it off) until Taji leaps, then it's constant for an hour or more sometimes. I know I could just pick him up and bring him to another room, but will that really help deter/stop him from chasing? I keep him on a leash most of the time, or held close in my lap so he can't jump away, but when I'm not home, I can't really do anything.
No one thinks maybe doing something like bringing him to a public playground where kids are running, keeping him on a leash so he can't chase, and re-directing his attention might help?
We are for sure going to at least try firming up basic obedience, especially "come" and "no"
Zac has yet to chase with him that I've seen since my first post, but being an 11 year old, who knows how long that will last.
In direct response to a couple of comments:
Trigger, the chasing is a fairly recent development in his behavior, just within the past year, and a lot of it has been done behind my back. I understand he, like every other dog, has a prey drive, but toys were his focus until Zac started this habit up. But I think your idea of solidifying basic commands will help a lot, especially outside the home environment.
Fynnigan, true as that may be, it's a very general statement. I already mentioned how he is with babies, but you're right, there are things he will not tolerate which need to be avoided. He won't allow himself to be picked up except by specific people, no matter how hard I've worked on changing this. Oh and babies, he will let any baby he's ever met do anything to him.
Luna, I think you and I think a lot alike. All dogs are different, and my dog is really a unique little thing. I also think he is probably able to understand "bite inhibition" pretty darn well, as I explained with the puppet vs bare hand thing.
Fritz, thanks for the well-wishes, but I don't think any of those ideas specifically would work well in my situation. Despite being an adult, I am not a figure of dominance in the house. I can't move out, as mentioned, and I can't part with Taji, nor do I think he would even do well in a new home. He's VERY picky about people, and still will sit in his kennel and bark at people who come visit all the time. Shoving him into a situation with a whole new family would, I think, traumatize him pretty hard.
Thanks again everyone! I really appreciate the feedback.
Taji says 'woof row-row'
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