We recently bought a Siberian Husky. He is 2 months old and is a very sweet and good puppy. There is one problem we are having with him though. I have a 17 month old son and every time Max(the puppy) is in the house he wants to get in his face and tends to get a little too rough with him. Does anyone have any advice on how to keep him from this?
Heather from Stanton, KY
Most puppies go through a stage of playing rough. Since your son is so young, the only thing I know to do is keep him and the dog separated until the puppy outgrows this stage. I would still let your son around the dog supervised so he can form a bond with the new puppy.
You may want to do some reading on the breed. They do have a problem with children and small animals. So you may need to do some training with the dog to teach him if he's being too rough.Huskys are known for not doing well with small children.
What a beautiful little puppy. I'd love a cuddle.
When your pup get rough, get your little boy to stand up and turn his back to it. You do the same. I know 17 months is a bit young for this, but he'll learn to do it. Just turn your back on the pup, and he'll soon learn too. If he is ignored he will stop the behaviour that makes him ignored. When he stops praise him lots, and give a little treat. He'll soon see that it's better not to jump up and be rough, because the other way he gets told how good he is. All dogs just live to please their "Leader or Alpha dog", which is you and your family. Don't ever not do this if you start, because dogs need continuity. He'll learn and you'll have a nice well-behaved pup and dog. You can use this for many behaviours you want to change.
Good luck, and enjoy your little ones, pup and boy.
Best wishes, Leah from Australia.
As cute as your puppy is your child must come first! I would never leave my young son alone with any animal. What are you thinking? Little ones may play rough with an animal. Animals may "respond" in a way which might harm your son. This is not to say the dog is bad. We bought a husky malmute for our son; however he was 7 years old. They spent many fun moments and years together. I love animals, but I loved my son more. Please don't find yourself in a terrible situation which will haunt you for the rest of your life. Keep your child and puppy under close supervision.
I would suggest you start training the dog now. No one likes a large untrained dog being rough and the way around that is training in the basics now. I totally agree that you should be right near you son so the dog isn't knocking him down and hurting him. My friend from the beginning held her son and helped him pat the dog. She would teach both of them to be gentle.
He may have too much carb and not enough protein in his diet. Makes a difference. The brand of dog food Canadae was recommended by a vet for a dog that started being a little too rough.
When I wrote this I maybe should have been more specific. I NEVER said anything about leaving my son alone with the puppy, and I would NEVER leave him alone with Max. I know better than to do that and I am ALWAYS right there when he is in the house. Max stays outside most of the time, he is a very good dog and I have never felt like he was a threat to anyone in our family. He is not a mean dog at all. He is just your typical puppy and likes to jump and tries to steal food. He is still young and trainable. All I was simply asking was advice on how to keep him from doing these things, especially with my son.
A 2 month old puppy of any breed will play very rough. He learned it from his siblings and his mother. That's just nature. You brought a large breed dog home with a 17 month old child. Do you think either of them will not be rough with the other?
That's a beautiful puppy. If you can get through this rough period, those two will be best friends, but expect a few puppy bites. Start teaching the puppy not to bite by saying "NO BITE" firmly when you see him starting to do it. They need to be taught not to bite. That has always worked with my German Shepherds. If you are consisten with both the dog and the child, things should be ok.
If you tell him "no!" or "bad dog!" then discipline him with a time out or fill a soda can with coins and shake it, the noise frightens the dog . eventually the dog will learn rough house = loud, scary noise. then the dog will avoid rough housing so not to get scared with the loud noise.
We have a 16wk old Siberian husky and I also have the same issue with my 4yr old son. We recently started puppy classes and I was shown a technique that I 1st was uncomfortable with until our trainer put it in practice for me a few times when our girl "Cairo" was knowing on my son (playing lovingly of coarse) as I'm sure you understand as we both don't leave our babies unattended with our canine baby, but as our children are so small it's a tad too rough.
So what we have been using and have had success in already reducing the jumping and playful biting in 1week is as soon as puppy does either you gently place thumb under tongue and hold bottom of the jaw you in no way place force it is basically restraint until you succeed in the battle of the wits.
Our trainer has been teaching for over 30yrs and i now having used this method myself and know that in no way does it hurt our little gal am happy to pass on the idea it is also important to quickly establish the ranking as puppy now see's our child as a sibling rather than a dominant figure due to the child's small size.
We are finding puppy obedience very beneficial as our precious sibes are very independent thinkers and take that little extra time and patience to train but as you will also know they are amazingly loving and a beautiful loyal addition to the family. I hope we have helped in some small way and keep us updated.
I also wanted to mention that I don't think separating your son from your puppy is the best of ideas as it may set the mind frame that puppy again is dominant in another area of ranking in his pack as they are pack animals. It's instinct and they place every member by dominance, in order to solve some problems we need to think just like them. Good luck
I'd like you to know that I own a Husky personally, they will bite and get try to get nippy(not aggressive) but you must by assertive and dominant over him. I insist that your son show him self as a pack leader and be strict with the puppy. Your son should never back of or go away, it will only make the puppy feel dominant over your son. Let him be calm and be controlled with the puppy and make sure when he bites that your son gives him consequences. When ever he bites say Ouch annoyingly loud, a firm NO!, followed by leaving the room thus ending the play. Try to provide him with many chew toys since he is teething and give him ice cubes to chew on now and then.
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