Back with another question:
i have teenage siblings and both have not really grown up around dogs. Both have also been bitten by dogs(a stray and my grandmothers) Not bad but enough to scare them.
Now Boss is a 16 week old puppy. He knows sit, down, roll over, sit again, stay/wait, come, drop, gentle (when taking food), down (if he jumps up), eats on command, walks great on a lead, goes toilet on command... basically what im saying is for 16 weeks hes doing great! I mean its not 100% perfect all the time but we are working with him every day and he is getting better and better each day.
I have 3 children myself (5, 2, 7 months) Boss loves the 7 month old, he licks his feet lets him poke and prodd him. The older 2 can tell him down, sit and his code word for eating. Boss is the same height as my 2 yr old and unless he is licking her face (which we dont allow, but sometimes happens) even she is fine with him.
But how do i train my siblings? Their whole body language screams that they are so nervous and afraid, and it makes Boss jump and kinda flip out a little
eg, Boss is sitting next to his bowl and my bro goes to grab his bowl (dinner time) so Boss looks at his arm and my bro jumps half a mile up in the air and backs away. Boss thinks this is a great game stands then jumps toward his face cos he is still bent over a little and well he just jumped, so can I... see LOL. Anyway this makes my bro jump again and basically **** himself!
eg, my sister stood in front of him and tried to stroke his bum kinda hopping form leg to leg away form the direction his head was facing and which of course was shaking from side to side as he was following what her arms were doing and this was winding his up something cronic. She got all worked up too "cos he was trying to bite her"..... ummm no she was just being a twit!
Neither of them can manage a tone a voice that even semi resembles a command. They spent a lot of time here and i want them to be able to feed the dog and play with him etc (under our watchful eye of course!) But they cant do this if they are so afraid!
Boss is a Ridgeback x Mastiff so will be a big dog, i am assuming that getting them used to him while he is below 30kg's is going to be easier than when he is a small horse! But if every time he looks at them they poo their pants this is going to be very very hard! Or is it best not to push it till he is a bit older and mellowed?
So does anyone have any tips?? Or is it a case of them just spending a heap of time with him?
Thanks in advance
P.s. sorry its so long...i got a bit carried away!!