I have a eight-month-old German Shepherd that is fine with me when it comes to feeding and walking, but she growls at my 11-year-old son when he feeds her, and jumps all over him when he tries to walk her. He has no control and I know one day she will attack him. Only I feed her now.
provided by Dr Paddy Batch BVSc
First, separate children from any dog that growls at them. Dogs range along a scale from the wolf to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The startled or hurt wolf will bite for defence, while the Cavalier is likely to run as a defensive tactic. On the scale, Shepherds are closer to the wolf. This doesn't mean they are bad. It means a Shepherd owner who hasn't socialised or trained their canine friend is more likely to be injured or sued than the owner of an untrained Cavalier.Mum, walk the dog on a Halti, Gentle Leader or Black Dog Halter until it walks without pulling. Once restrained, teach the dog to sit on command. Use the sit command at meal times and when your dog is being boisterous. Once you can get your dog to sit consistently, you can begin to teach your child to also use the commands. It's important to find the time to train your dog. There are many good books or search the internet. There are also dog training schools which will help you and your child learn the skills to ensure your pet becomes a happy and sociable family member .