He is now 7 months old, and he is constantly going after my 7 and 11 year old daughters. I understand that he is doing this because he knows he can, but I can't have this behavior continue. We have been to puppy classes and we have had a trainer come to our house. My husband and I have tried everything- spray bottle, pennies in a can, standing like a tree and being calm, treats for good behavior, but nothing is working. Does anyone have any suggestions for us? We are willing to try anything. The last thing I want to do is give him up, but I am really starting to worry that he is going to hurt one of the kids. I know that he is just excited, and probably wants to play, but it is really hard to tell your 7 year old to be calm when she is getting bit and knocked over. We are really feeling helpless right now and are desperate for a solution. Thanks!
Oh no! That sounds even worse than Oscar; at least it is only me he goes nuts over... I have no kids to worry about
I honestly have tried everything you are doing except "pennies in a can", but I feel like that would just get Oscar more worked up? I really should try it though, thank you for reminding me about that! I totally feel for your daughters... I get VERY frustrated with Oscar... it is SOOOOO hard to "stand like a statue" when he is jumping ALL over me. Have you tried spraying your hands/clothes with Bitter Apple spray (or the mint mouth spray whose name I forget, I think they don't like the taste of that either)? Oscar hates it. I also dilute some in a little spray bottle and if he is just IMPOSSIBLE to control, I will spray it in his mouth... just be reeeeally careful not to spray it in his eyes. He hates that!!!! But honestly it just deters him a bit, it's not a complete solution... he will go right back to it.
The "best" thing for me is just to stand on his leash and wait for him to stop flipping out at me, or haul him back inside (as this is an "outside" thing for Oscar) and say "sorry! no walk!" or just calmly put him in his crate. It is really hard to do that when your dog is thrashing around, but at least my neighbors are not subjected to my little lunatic.
Oh one more thing... does he get off-leash exercise every day? If Oscar goes to the dog park and runs around for 30 min-1 hour, he is honestly a different dog.... a VERY SLEEPY ONE! But a tired dog is a good dog...
It's just that I can't always get him to the park every day/morning, because I don't always have a car and/or the time!
We tried a harness exactly like the first one (the Sporn), but Oscar just chewed through the part you are supposed to cinch tight
The material at that part is very soft because it goes through the little plastic clasp thing, and he was always turning around and biting at that part because of where the ring attached to the metal clasp on his leash... I think it irritated him.
We bought this harness instead, at the suggestion of someone on this forum [ http://www.walkyourdogwithlove.com
]. We got the Medium (55-110 lbs), but it is too big for Oscar right now, even though he does weigh 55lbs. It seems pretty nice though, the material is good and the construction seems sturdy... I hope he will be able to wear it soon!
So for now, instead of buying the Small since we are cheap
we attach the leash to the front ring of his normal harness, which I don't know the brand, but we got it at Petsmart and it looks sort of like this one [ http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2751427
], except that the way it sits on Oscar, that front flat ring is higher up on his chest than it looks like on that pink one. Also his is not pink
It has basically a circular band for around the neck and the body (behind the front legs), connected by two straps (top and bottom). There is a ring at the top rear you are supposed to attach the leash to, but we tried attaching the leash in the front to the flat ring where the straps come together. It does work pretty well!
BUT -- maybe a big BUT -- then the clasp of his leash basically rubs against him when we are walking, which DID cause it to come undone once while we were walking!! He twisted around and it must have caught on the harness and pushed down the clasp part of the end of the leash. Gah!!! Luckily he came right back but it was scary, because of course at that moment, we happened to be walking through the WOODS right along the edge of a CLIFF, overlooking a HIGHWAY... yeah, very bad timing!
Hope you find something that works for you. And if you do find something better, let us know!