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How do I handle it when my 15 wk old puppy( boxer ) starts humping my 3 yrold

please someone help.. my son is starting to get scared of the dog

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Rydersmommy616

Asked by Rydersmommy616 at 11:54 PM on May. 6, 2011 in Pets

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  • Oh when you stop laughing...puppy will need a consiquence for naughty behaivor. Maybe like removing him completely form the situation and giving him no attention for 20 mins or so. Good luck.
    ochsamom

    Answer by ochsamom at 11:57 PM on May. 6, 2011

  • People tend to use the word no too much with dogs. Be more direct and say "off". Also, get the puppy neutered and that will stop. He can't help it. Your son is small like him, and the dog really doesn't understand what it's doing. It's not sexual for a puppy, it's just the motions from the hormones running through their bodies. The neutering usually does the trick.
    Musicmom80

    Answer by Musicmom80 at 12:01 AM on May. 7, 2011

  • the puppy is still really small.. when can i neuter him ..OFF is good idea thank you
    Rydersmommy616

    Comment by Rydersmommy616 (original poster) at 12:04 AM on May. 7, 2011

  • He's plenty old enough to neuter. Do it ASAP for less behavioral issues.
    Musicmom80

    Answer by Musicmom80 at 12:05 AM on May. 7, 2011

  • Remember your Boxer is a baby too. Justy show him that he shouldn't jump and give him lots of praise.
    Arabella

    Answer by Arabella at 1:00 AM on May. 7, 2011

  • It's a dominance thing. He sees your child as a littermate since he is obviously a baby human. lol. littermates will do this to each other to establish dominance as will older dogs who aren't given consistent discipline. Musicmom's approach should be effective. Just let him know that you are the top dog and your son is above him in the grand scheme of things. Dogs need hierarchy and this is a great opportunity to establish the order early on.
    MamaStuart

    Answer by MamaStuart at 1:07 AM on May. 7, 2011

  • Check with a vet the pup needs to be over a certain weight,I'm sure he is.
    dancer

    Answer by dancer at 9:17 AM on May. 7, 2011


  • Coming from a boxer friend... boxers can have a pretty strong streak of dominance, especially males. This is a sign the little puppy might need to be neutered a little earlier to avoid some problems.

    As for this behavior. You need to put a collar and a long string of nylon clothesline tied to it. You need to be firm *mean* when he gets on your 3 year old and tell this in no uncertain terms. How you ask? Well, you take a hold of the clothesline (so he doesn't run away when he sees you coming, boxers are smart) then you take him by his little puppy scruff and really raise your voice. Tell him No or Off...but be very loud and clear about it. Then put him right in his crate for a good 20 minutes (with the collar and the line off of him so he doesn't strangle himself.)

    Take him out, take him right up to the 3 year old and ask him to do a sit or down, if he does that , reward him.

    He needs to be in a good obedience class now.

    spottedpony

    Answer by spottedpony at 7:06 PM on May. 7, 2011

  • One more thing, keep this clothesline attached to him so you can pull him off and away from your child whenever he starts to get puppy biting or jumping up. Boxers are big jumpers. You need a ton of supervision. This dog should never be out of your sight #1.

    #2 This puppy should never be with your child alone in a room, or when your back is turned. #3 Tell your child to ONLY handle/play with this puppy when your child is standing up or sitting in a chair and the dog is on the floor. Your child is asking for trouble if he gets down on the floor with the puppy...for now. That will change later when the dog is mature and trained. Give your son constructive exercises to do with the dog, like feeding, sits, downs, hide and seek games, calling the dog to come, etc...

    This is how you will develop a good relationship between child and dog....and obedience training.
    spottedpony

    Answer by spottedpony at 7:09 PM on May. 7, 2011

  • I agree with everything except the crate spottedpony. Remember that dog's shouldn't see their crates as a punishment. Other than that you are pretty spot on.
    Acid

    Answer by Acid at 7:35 PM on May. 7, 2011

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