I thought I'd post this here rather than in puppies because many of you may have btdt. Sawyer is just 6 months old and in has gotten really "snappy" at me when I am trying to correct him from something (like when he jumps for instance). He doesn't do this all the time.
He is still somewhat mouthy, particularly around my husband's hands.
I give him a firm "no" when I see his snout crinkle and he's ready to snap. I gentle put my hand toward him and ask him for a "kiss". Usually after a couple tries he gets it and behaves. My problem is he is getting snappy and bitey with my kids
. He wants to jump and play with them all the time but he can be really inappropriate. I do not let him jump all over them and correct him when he jumps or nips. Sometimes he responds well, sometimes he snaps at me. He snapped and bit my 6 year old's face tonight
. He didn't draw blood but there is a mark that is just under his eye. My son hadn't done anything to provoke him...in fact he was walking from the kitchen to the living room when it happend and we were all right there!!
I'm mad about it and feel like something's just not connecting, you know? I don't think he did it agressively necessarily but it wasn't just in play either. Not sure how to explain it.
Right now Sawyer is not in obedience (he's been to puppy class) as the only available class is on a night of the week that we have a family commitment. That doens't mean I am not training him. I use training methods I read about here and I've also sought advice from the trainer where I was taking him (not for this yet). I use positive methods and treats. If he doens't calm down we have put him in his crate. If he barks and barks, I know he's wound up. If he's quiet and falls asleep I know it may have been because he was tired. However, there's not necessarily any rhyme or reason.
I have 4 and 6 year old boys. They are not docile children, nor do I expect them to be. We are making sure that they understand what we are trying to teach the puppy and how they should interact with him. My 6 year old is coming along really nicely and Sawyer actually responds to him well when he asks him to do something (sit, get down, etc). My 4 year old is more difficult but is getting better.
I don't want to put my kids in a potentially dangerous situation (and I don't because they aren't alone with him for any length of time), however tonight everyone was right in the immediate vicinity.