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As Dudley is such a bitey pup and I childmind I have had to tie him to me with his lead whenever I have the children here, but reading up on umbilical training it sounds like a good thing to do anyway. Some of the children are ok with him when he's not in his really manic mood, and can cope with him off lead but others run from him if he so much as turns his head towards them! I think it definitely keeps him calmer when attached to me so works better for all of us. He has really found his voice the last couple of days and has been barking if we have food (we do put him in the crate at mealtimes, he settles well then) or if he just wants our attention, we have been ignoring it and hope he will give up when he realises it doesn't get him anywhere.
 

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I dont envy you ,Buddy (as im sure all puppies are) would always be very manic around children but more because they would squeal and shout!! Even after explaining to them to be quiet and try to ignore him it never worked the squeals and screams would get louder and louder (very annoying) This was my neighbours kids not my own.

I think what you've done is a great idea.

I also got the kids to sit down quietly and take it in turns to call Buddy over and tell him to sit then give him a treat ,i think once theve mastered the SIT command with a puppy if they are scared at anytime rather then squeal they would have better control over him if they got him to sit.It does work but not with all ,i still have one girl who is 6 who just screams as soon as she walks in the door and Buddy's nowehere near her LOL.
 

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Children and puppies – you’re so brave!

We’ve noticed that Saffi is a bit apprehensive about little children. Toddlers specifically. I think it’s the way that they grab out to touch her and wobble on their feet. Not sure how to tackle it really… Marcus and I don’t have any children and don’t know any either!

At least Dudley will be incredibly well socialised!
 

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Although I have 5 grandchildren, I didn't socialise Gaia as I wanted to with them when she was younger and she is also wary of all children. She tends to avoid them but after a while will settle down and eventually take treats. I'm hoping that she'll get better:)
 

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Hi Dawn.

I childmind aswell and have used this method in the past when Daisy was getting too excitable. It works a treat. :)

Ideally I would have liked to have been able to keep Daisy separate, behind a stairgate for short periods but my downstairs is very open plan and Daisy gets very stressed if she can't reach us. If you are able to use a stairgate to do this though or use the crate I think it is very important to give the puppy and the children a break from each other. :)
 

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yes it is hard at times, especially the other day when i'd just taken Dudley out of his crate then 5 minutes later had to change a nappy! so back in he went poor thing,(could just imagine trying to change it without crating him!!) He is pretty good now, best advice I found for outdoor play was to have a toy with an extra bit of string attached - I've got one of those ball and rope toys - if the children are in the garden I always give one of them that, if he goes for feet they run with the toy and he immediately chases the toy, it works really well. Indoors he's attached to me unless he's in sleepy mood then they can stroke him without worrying. I've tried to teach the children to 'stand like a statue' and that works quite well but not all of them are brave enough. The best child is an 18 month old toddler, she just laughs at him and pats his head while he's hanging off her jumper and I have to prize him off, yesterday I had trouble stopping her laying on the floor with him as he wanted to eat her hair!! she's fearless. He is certainly not scared of any of them though and has a constant wagging tail.
 

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Sarah just saw your post, yes I have a baby gate though I'm not sure how Dudley would be if he could hear me but not be with me, although he's ok in Crate for chill out times (I would be out of sight unless I was the hall end of kitchen). The main reason I haven't used it (it was plan A) is because he chews so much and I thought he may end up chewing through a door, skirting, bottom stair etc etc! maybe i'll try in another week or so.
 

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It certainly is a juggle at times. Daisy is calmer now but she used to chase the children and is constantly sneaking off to her crate with the toys. If you can get Dudley used to having a set time away from the children every day with a chew then that will give everyone a break. I always go for a good walk first thing and then Daisy settles down with a bone or something similar so that I can get on with the mornings activity.

I realise that Dudley is younger at the moment but maybe you could wear him out a bit with some training that involved the children for a period and then let him have his chew and time away from you for half an hour? he would probably settle for a nap?

I bought this book before I got Daisy and found it really helpful in involving the children with Daisy's training: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Living-Kids...2668/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335289735&sr=8-1

Sometimes I have found training the children around the dog harder than training the dog around the children (and that's just my own kids!) ;)
 

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Thanks Sarah, I think you recommended that book before and I remember googling and finding quite a lot of info from it on the internet. I think it will be better when I can take him out because at the moment he is crated while I do the school run so wants to play when we get in, once I can take him on the school run that should wear him out so he can have a nap after. Just wanted to say to others as well that keeping them attached to you (umbilical training) is actually really good, he has certainly learnt 'this way' when I change direction! yet I don't think I would have tried it if I hadn't been in a situation that forced me to.
 
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