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    im quite positive its purposley biting into him... he bites and nips me like normal puppy play but when it comes to my son its like a full on attack. its only happend 3 times, he also does regular puppy biting with my son, but these 3 other times were proper attacks for no reason. but still thats too many for my liking.
    its hard cause my boy is screaming with bleeding cuts, so first thing i do is get him off my son. i immediately use a very stern voice and put him in a timeout area.

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    when he does attck its like this rage with growling also

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    OK. And is this only occurring when you and Hunter are close together?
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    Sorry just had to say sorry to Chop for referring to her as a him. I am bad for it sorry & if any constalation I am forever taken for a bloke on forums, lol.
    Sorry back on topic now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crazydog View Post
    Sorry just had to say sorry to Chop for referring to her as a him. I am bad for it sorry & if any constalation I am forever taken for a bloke on forums, lol.
    Sorry back on topic now.
    LOL! Thats ok Crazy ! Its not the first time either
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    no not always, yesterday i was about 10 meters away

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    From what you have described and it was me, I would not be letting this pup anywhere near my 2yo at all.
    The child's safety is paramount here. The next incident may be a lot worse. You say you are getting scared of this pup. Personally, I would be looking at rehoming to someone without kids who would be willing to work with this dog. If I thought the dog was a rogue I would also think of putting to sleep. I would also not be considering a dog in the family for quite a while. We can not see first hand what is happening and only you can properly evaluate what your choices are.

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    So what was the situation at the breeders like? How many dogs, litters & what where the living conditions for the dogs?
    Did the breeder offer any advise on how to handle the situation & did she seem to think it was normal or not.
    I would ring her again tonight but before you get on the phone get prepared & writer a list of what you want to address with her. Wait till kids & hubby are out of your hair & give her a call, I would tell her your vet is also worried his other testie is not going to drop also. Let her know you are willing to give the pup a chance to see if his testie dose destend on it's own but that the behavour is unmanageable & ask what she reccomends you do? Keep a record of any corraspondance you have with her also.
    What dose your receipt for purchase of pup say?
    I am very worried by what your explaining & this pup should be rehomed(if thats whats to happen) very carefuly with full disclosure of his behavour & lack of a testie.
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    I think the breeder is not helping you or your dog. You could mention the testicle is not there and ask her opinion about that but given her attitude to your request to return the puppy - I doubt she cares. If you have the registration papers for the puppy ie it is a purebred puppy registered with ANKC - I would write to them and report the problems you are having with the puppy and the breeder. Do it factually, this is what is happening, this is the breeder's response.

    So I agree with the others, there is no way I would let this puppy near the child or any children. I would keep it on lead or in a crate or locked away from the child so it can never reach the child.

    The more often it gets to jump on and bite the child (which is rewarding behaviour to the dog - no matter what you do after) the more it will try to do this. So you must never let it succeed. It should not be possible for it to have enough lead available to reach the child.

    Something herding people do to set limits on how a herding dog interacts with a sheep is have a big length of electrical conduit pipe and whack the ground between the dog and the sheep when the dog is getting too close or excited. My dog headbutt the stick several times and backed right off - the timing of the instructor was very good. She was apologetic but even I could see - she didn't hit the dog and never aimed to hit the dog. She was aiming for the space between the dog and the sheep. We also used a long line with knots in it and stepped on the line to slow / stop the dog. And my dog improved. Although if I said anything she got all confused so I had to be quiet. Sigh.

    So the point of all this is - any time the dog tries to approach the child, you could try whacking the ground between the dog and the child with something noisy like a fly swat, rolled newspaper or even a squirty bottle of water (and vinegar or lemon juice at 1teaspn per litre) but at the same time have a limit on the lead so the dog can never actually reach the child.

    But like the others said, I would be looking to rehome this puppy ASAP. It might be re-trainable but do you have the skills, timing and time to do this? You've already let it rehearse and learn a lot of bad behaviour. And I would be wondering if a Staffy is the right dog for you. They can be absolutely brilliant with children but it takes a lot of work from you and 100% watchfulness to prevent bad behaviour from happening.

    Another example of not allowing dog to practice bad behaviour...

    When my dog was a puppy, I would take a water pistol / garden sprayer, loaded, with me when I hung out the washing. If she so much as looked at the washing, I would aim a squirt in her direction. So she couldn't even think about grabbing those fun flappy things off the line. And she has never pullled anything off the line. Pegs - another story but she doesn't touch those anymore either.

    Anything she actually managed to get hold of, and eat, like socks - I have an ongoing but occasional problem with. Ie it's much harder to stop a dog from doing something it has learned than teach it to never start.

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    Heres another temp test thing
    Volhard Dog Training and Nutrition: Behavior and Training: Behavior

    I just picked the friendly puppy who wanted to play with me.

    If I'd followed Bundy's temp test, she might have been rejected because she liked to chase joggers, and would definitely run away with toys. But these things I have been able to train her into better behaviours.

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