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We have 3 dogs, alpha gets aggressive w/20 month old child. How do you train dog not to?

My dogs have always been my children. Meiko, the alpha mail of the pack is closest to me. He has done Pet Therapy at hospitols and is GREAT around people/children. Enter…Corbin, our 20 month old son. We have been slowly integrating the dogs with Corbin. He has been able to pet them and all is well. Now, Corbin wants to pinch, poke and pull. The other 2 dogs tolerate this, Meiko does not. He has tried to bite 3 times now…fortunately we are right there to stop it. Meiko get scolded and is sent to his bed.
Does anyone have advice on how to deal with this? Corbin is my son and comes first, but…Meiko is my other son. If he ever bit Corbin I would die! Please advise.

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13 Responses to “We have 3 dogs, alpha gets aggressive w/20 month old child. How do you train dog not to?”

  1. swishyvt said :

    Meiko is NOT being aggressive. He is being defensive. He feels that Corbin is being threatening to him. Work with your child on how to treat the dogs, and scold Corbin for being too rough with them.

  2. Deli Ozy said :

    Taking a woman to bed

    What is the difference between girls/woman aged: 8, 18, 28, 38, 48, 58, 68 and 78?

    At 8 — You take her to bed and tell her a story.

    At 18 — You tell her a story and take her to bed.

    At 28 — You don’t need to tell her a story to take her to bed.

    At 38 — She tells you a story and takes you to bed

    At 48 — She tells you a story to avoid going to bed.

    At 58 — You stay in bed to avoid her story.

    At 68 — If you take her to bed, that’ll be a story!

    At 78 — What story??? What bed??? Who the hell are you???

  3. Rena M said :

    Go to and read all the articles related to children, babies, and dogs. You will have what you need.

  4. Sean said :

    Cattle prod.

  5. lizo0110 said :

    I think you need to teach Meiko that he’s not the alpha dog, you are. What I did with my chocolate lab is when she would do something like that I would lay her on her back and straddle her and make her look me in the eye till she calmed down. Usually just a minute at the most. I think it’s a good way of showing them who’s the boss without hitting them. It might be that Meiko is getting old and ornery and doesn’t have the patience. Maybe keep him and your son separated till you can teach your son that pinching and pulling the dogs fur isn’t ok.
    Good luck!

  6. presleygirl said :

    you want advice how to train a dog to tolerate abuse? train your child not to do these things. no dog should tolerate that, i saw a beautiful baby girl in the hosp. with a hugh gapping hole in her face, from the family’s beloved dog, train your kid for his own good, my g.s. demands respect. lol

  7. JR said :

    At 20 months he knows the word “NO” He is going to have to be the one to correct the behavior.

    We have a volunteer who’s son is almost 27 months (since we are going by months) and has been tought what he can do to each of his four dogs. One being a pit that is perfect except if you touch his feet. Can’t touch lucky’s feet and if you ask the little bugger if Lucky bites you who’s fault is it? He knows!!! Teach your child not to pinch, poke and pull on the dogs some day he may meet another dog that will not be as patient as your dog is being. I know I don’t want your kid coming up and poking at me. Im sure you are teaching him not to poke or pinch people.

  8. oddball59 said :

    Meiko is very jealous and being the alpha male MUST show your child that HE is boss. Hence the problem.

    You need to show that YOU are alpha top dog, not him. Here is a list of things to do :

    1. Gently tug at his fur and do the things that your child might do to him so he gets used to being handled like this. Then, if your son does tug him, he is less likely to retaliate.

    2. Squirt water on his nose if he shows signs of aggression. Try not to shout because that can cause further excitement…to a dog it’s like barking. Use a firm No as you squirt.

    3. Have one to one times with your dog so he doesn’t feel pushed out.

    4. Praise him whenever he is behaving around your child and make a fuss. If he allows the child to stoke him with you there, really praise him. Keep a few treats in your pocket for him

    5. Hold your child’s hand and guide it stroking the dog nicely so Corbin learns HOW to stroke…he’s not too young to learn this. Then really praise your dog for tolerating it, AND praise Corbin for stroking nicely.

    6. And finally, you’re already doing this, never leave Corbin alone with Meiko, not even for a second as dog’s can seize the opportunity.

    As they grow together I’m sure there will be a loving bond between them.

    Best wishes!

    (We have a blue and gold macaw called Meiko!)

  9. Jessie said :

    Keep them away from each other

  10. pknutson_sws said :

    It has taken 3 years for us to work this one out. I am alpha in the house, and my dog is always subserviant to me, but takes all the agression out on the youngest, like there are jealousy issues. If I’m snuggling my boy, the dog gets upset and vice versa. So, I’ve slowly intergrated them into getting attention at the same time. Now both sit on my lap and all are happy.

    What has helped us is to have our son, who is now 6, do a lot of the care of the dog that I would normally do. Like fill the food and water bowl and give the treats. Our dog has formed this happy mental relationship that our boy is the giver of food! So, my son is now greeted with a wagging tail and the dog has even approached him to play and get pet.

    That’s probably not possible with a 20mo, but you can work at it slowly, and keep close eye on your son. Your dog will eventually learn that pleasing you means being nice to your son. I wish you the best!

  11. David G said :

    You need to establish the order in the pack. You are alpha. Your son should be next. The dogs after that.

    When you come home you should greet your son before acknowledging the dogs.

    Your son should always walk through doorways before the dog.

    Your son should eat his meals before the dogs are allowed to eat.

    If your dog is aggressive you need to growl at your dog. This will tell him you are not happy with his behavior. If you yell at your son to stop, this reinforces the dog’s belief that he is above your son in the hierarchy.

    Do not allow your dog to sleep in your bed while your son sleeps in another room. The dog should be on the floor.

    Good luck.

  12. ericams85 said :

    you need to establish yourself as alpha. try using a soft muzzel. it doesn’t hurt them but when he snaps at anything scold him and put the muzzel on. or even growling. I used that on my dog who hadd the same sort of problem. The muzzel shows that being aggresive is wrong and u will not tolerate it. Also teaching your son not to tease the dog is always a good thing he should respect the dogs, but he is still a baby and that will be tough. let them play but don’t let them tease that can turn ugly. work both sides and it should work out. Good luck to u!

  13. Brad Gen said :

    Hi ,
    Well i found this really helpful guide ,its a really professional training called sit stay fetch , to teach you how to train your dog by yourself , , its a easy step by step book
    Hope this helps you with your dog


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