HELP!! i never thought this would be a problem, but chloe is just WAYYY to protective of My Daughter(6) and it's proving to be a real issue..
We've had chloe for just on 3 months now and she's adapted so well to our family it's like she has always been here.. Her and Miss 6 have a very special bond as kids and dogs seem to, which i keep a close on eye and has not been a problem until recently...
Thanks to Occy (much love!), chloe now walks using a sensi-ble leash, and it works brillant shes loose lead walking and we're both having a fantastic and fun time walking (except when i run trying to be fit and she shows me how unfit i really am )
The problem is when Miss 6 comes with us she MUST walk along me and chloe otherwise i loose all control.. If Miss 6 runs/jogs chloe pulls and pulls and barks and goes mental until she is able to be with Miss 6.. The same thing happens if she is riding her bike/scooter.. And when i let chloe off leash to see what she would do, she actually started to bite the bike and also mouthed Miss 6's ankles (I'm guessing it's the shepherd in her, telling Miss 6 to get back into line)..
The same thing happens on the trampoline, thanks to the enclosure around it chloe can't get in, but she'll jump up trying to get in and when she's told to get down runs underneath it barking frantically and again nipping at Miss 6's feet..
I've been pretty firm with chloe giving her strict "no" and calling her to come, when we are walking, I keep her on an even shorter lead so she HAS to stand next to me (and it stops her jarring my shoulder) but its just completely unpleasant.. I tried treats but chloe is completely uninterested in food rewards and i've also tried taking a toy with us for a diversion but she just doesn't want to know, the ONLY thing she wants is to be by Miss 6's side..
As for the tramp well i call her and hold her by the collar (which doesn't affect her), the food treats which again were useless and i tried throwing a toy for her whilst Miss 6 was on the tramp which worked for the first 10 mins but after that she just became obsessed with what i can only describe as "saving" miss 6..
The main concerns are the mouthing and the little nips she's giving miss 6.. They aren't painful but they are annoying and on the odd occasion the contact been on the bone which must hurt...
Obviously the other concern is my sanity when walking because i refuse to walk the dog and then my daughter (although both are as bad as each other on occasions )
I'm guessing it's a bond thing and Chloe feels responsible for Miss 6, and whilst it's cute and everyone laughs about how i don't need to worry about Miss 6, i do! as she can't do anything Chloe doesn't want her to do without it being a real issue and kids must be allowed to be kids...
SO HELP!!! PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE Chloe's killing her with love lol