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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    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.
    Yeah I'd go with that test too, the one I gave was just an example. I was in a rush when I posted that.
    We picked the friendly pup out of the litter too mainly because it came to us and it let my baby boy force it onto the ground and give it a bear hug and it wagged it's tail the whole time.
    We had our heart set on a bluey but the blue pups seemed uninterested in us.
    I used a guide dog temperament test when I got my pup home and he passed all but the retrieving test (at 9 weeks old).
    Normally I wouldn't want a dog so placid but I have a child almost 2 years old so I didn't want to take any chances. The people we got the dog from were happy for us to trial him for a week and bring him back if didn't work out.

    My 4 year old daughter would most likely be OK with the pup in question in this thread as she is old enough to get out of the way and she has no fear, but with a 2 year old it's a different situation.

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    my dog would fail the retrieve test for sure...

    I agree it's definitely not ok to allow that kind of behaviour with a 2yo

    My brother has a staffy from before his kids were born, and they can sit on her and hit her (bad kiddies - we try not to let that happen) and all she does when they get too much is get up and walk away.

    However she likes to boss my dog (much younger than her) around and my dog often comes home with red marks from Staffies attention. And yet my dog never complains about it, not even a yelp. Go figure.

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    just over an hour til his first puppy school lesson... fingers crossed that goes ok
    when i enrolled him the lady on the phone said there were 2 other staffy pups starting in this particular class too... see how he goes!!
    Even tho this is just puppy school, they are an actual dog obedience society and do all levels of training, so hopefully they might have better advice then just a regular puppy school through a vet (no offence in anyway) and may be able to help me in the future..
    i really do wanna keep him, but i need to know i can trust him aswell.... for now pup is always seperated from my son, full stop.

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    hi,
    How did puppy school go? i have been watching this thread over the past few weeks, and have been thinking of you.
    Helen

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    Your little son is the most important member of your family at the moment in this equation. Please be so careful in your considerations.

    I had to have a 6month old puppy put down some years ago who suddenly turned and attacked an adult. It was horrifying and unexpected.

    I so hope your pup turns out okay with intensive training.

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    I had to have a 6month old puppy put down some years ago who suddenly turned and attacked an adult. It was horrifying and unexpected.
    I don't know of many people that would put down an untrained puppy because it "attacked" an adult.

    Edit, and sorry, I mean untrained as in not fully trained.

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    I think some boundaries need to be set and and backed up with continuity. I think the pup is playing ( yes roughly) with your son,afterall ,who else is down there at his level?

    Some more interactive stimulation may also be required for Zed and allowing your son become part of this process will also help let Zed know his spot in the pecking order.

    Hope Puppy School went ok
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    Hi, the behavior you are describing is within the realms of normal puppy behavior but still very concerning and like other posters and yourself, I just don't think you will be able to trust the pup in the future. Its also going to take a ton of energy to make it work: something you are probably short on with a new baby.

    This dog might turn out fine as a pet for someone else, but you won't have long before he is getting too old to rehome.

    If you are committed to keeping him (which I think is fine) you should get some professional support from a behaviorist or trainer. I'm sure the situation is managable but may never be ideal.

    If you want to find a new home for him, the earlier the better. Don't feel guilty about this: if you do it now and find a good home its better than euthanasia later if things don't work out.

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    I feel I need to clear up something re having to put down a puppy that attacked an adult. It was a big labrador cross puppy and it happened when we were at obedience class.

    It was off lead doing nicely when suddenly it ran at the instructress and knocked her down and savaged her face before we could pull him off. Up to this time he had shown no inclination to any misbehaviour but after much discussion with everybody that was the course of action that I feel I was forced to take.

    I did not get another dog for a long time after this although I have had quite a few dogs in my lifetime prior and have two lovely puppies now.

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    That must have been horrific. Especially when there seemed to be no warning.

    I just listened to a podcast from the ABC, an interview with Val Bonney dog trainer and she said she had been bitten badly a few times in her training life and of the five? bites, 3 of them had brain tumors ie their brains were not working properly and that caused their unexpected aggression.

    Val Bonney - ABC Conversations with Richard Fidler

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