Post # 1
Recently my dog has been bad. Like really BAD. In one week he has tried to bite me when I wouldn’t give him a bite of pizza (which I never do, but this time he reacted aggressively), chewed one of my shirts, eaten a baby diaper and rolled in something foul outside.
First, let me say that getting rid of him is not an option. I fully believe he is misbehaving because our son is due in a couple of months.
That being said. Does anyone have ideas how I can get this to stop? At the moment I’m most concerned with his new poop fixation–whatever animal it is that poops in the backyard leaves something black and thick (like tar). My sister had to come over and watch the baby so I could wash him in the front yard, but this can’t be a regular thing.
He didn’t react this way with the first baby, but with #2 he’s just not himself.
Post # 3
rolling in foul stuff is normal dog behavior.
If you have diapers around, does that mean you have a new-ish baby? The dog could be acting out because it feels neglected now that there’s something else holding your attention. Is he still getting the same amount of attention and exercise as before?
Post # 4
Sounds like he’s looking for attention. Do you exercise him regularly? Has something changed with his schedule? Sounds like he needs some 1 on 1 time with mommy doing something fun and getting positive attention.
Post # 5
Are you saying he started eating the poop? Or just rolling in it? Those are just natural dog things- but- if you are seeing negative changes in him- it sounds like it is because of the baby you already have (?) I think dog needs attention- like to be taken for a hike, play fetch, or let him run free somewhere. If a dog acted aggressive I would nip it in the butt- spank him, turn him upside down on his back (submissive position)- be calm but firm- look in his eyes and say a firm “NO!” I would not let that go even one time.
Again, I am not exactly sure of the situation, but it sounds like he is having anxiety/ acting out because I *think* you have a baby and now he is not getting enough attention/ exercise.
Post # 6
Sorry, I should have clarified. DD is 8 months old, and I am 7 months pregnant with #2.
This behavior started in the last couple of weeks, so while I know normal dogs roll in crap, and eat stuff, HE never has, until now.
He opens the diaper pail and pulls diapers out to eat them.
When he was aggressive toward me, Darling Husband happened to be home, so he dealt with that right away, but since we’ve had this dog since he was 5 weeks old (he’s 4 now) it was surprising, he’s never done that before.
He could be acting out because I’m getting tired at this point, so it’s harder than ever to take care of Dirty Delete and play with him, plus Darling Husband is gone 13 hours a day, so it’s pretty much just us.
Post # 7
@roxy821: +1 It sounds like he’s trying to get your attention… and acting up because he’s got too much energy that needs to be expended.
Post # 8
It sounds like he’s looking for attention. I would make sure he gets some 1:1 time during the day, so he knows he can look forward to it every day. Also, make sure you reinforce the positive behavior he displays, perhaps pairing small pieces of an edible with verbal praise and pets.
I’ve been using the edibles and verbal praise with my puppy and it’s making a huge difference. In about a week I’ve taught her to sit, stay, roll over and shake!
Post # 9
He sounds bored and pent up to me. Try some enriching, fun activities. Get him some kongs and a buster cube (or similar food dispensing toy) so he has plenty to keep him busy. Also, has your life style changed? Getting ready for a baby is a big change. He may be picking up on that. Lots of exercise usually does the trick, and he may be getting less of that now that your pregnancy is progressing.
Post # 10
@Quierserenity- When I was about 7 months pregnant my Roxy decided that it would be fun to be an escape artists and run away a few days in a row, so one afternoon I took off from work and took her to the beach (her asolute favorite) and stayed their for hours with her. She just needed to know that I still loved her and she had my attention. They are babies too. However the aggresiveness I would not tolerate. I would put the dog on time out whenever they act aggresive as it is not safe for you, your dd, or new baby.
Post # 11
Not sure about the pregnancy being the reason why your dog is being naughty. Ours is 4mths and still ‘naughty’ all the time but most of her naughty behaviour is just her being a puppy/dog. Did you do any bite inhibition training with him when he was young? if the dog is only 4 years then he needs to keep with the bite inhibition training (heaps of YouTube clips on the web) and more time with obedience too. Try 3x 15 minute sessions a day. That will help keep his mind active so he’s less bored + will be a better dog for it. A 20 min walk in the morning or afternoon can make a huge difference too. I think they say you can keep training dogs Til they’re about 5yo