Originally Posted by diego_is_his_name_o View Post
It is more so when he's resting.and he sleeps a lot. I know the saying "let sleeping dogs lie" and I'm a needy dobermom :/ and even tho that is just a phrase I believe it's true. I guess it's because my last Doberman was such a cuddle bug. she loved more than anything just being pet/hugged/loved/cuddled.Diego is too not like her but, lately it's when he wants it. I could try and post a video. It's going to be hard since it's random. I also feel like it could be pent up energy and resentment towards me for having a baby and not going out like we used too. And we moved into a neighborhood w TONS of squirrels and he's constantly wanting to chase them. I close the curtains so he doesn't flip out all day! I do let him out to chase and bark a little bit but, because of the neighbors I try to keep it minimal.
^^^^ Shouldn't have to / and things I practice to avoid a future problem...and I will layout my fun time checklist, that I follow.
- I know this doesn't help your boy Diego today, but has worked here & my last two dogs never growls or snaps, at its people
(except my first 1977 dobe, tried to exercise her powers, a few times...that was nipped in the butt ASAP)
So when I get a new dog, I will daily - play tug-of-war (and encourage play growls), rub dogs belly or pat it when its getting ready to sleep in bed, always wake up my dog if it dreaming & shaking in its sleep, play ball fetch (in the house) and hold a marrow bone in my hand, for the dog to chew on.
Put a leash on him like someone suggested and don't allow him on any furniture...none!!! He is laying claim to the couch and his behaviour is escalating. He is going to be biting very soon to get his way. Someone has to be the top dog and if it's not you he's going to claim that position..........
^^^^ +1 - Completely agree.
I would put a 5-10 foot leash on him (make one longer leashes out of two)...and this dobe would be my daily shadow, until he shows a complete turn around.
diego_is_his_name_o - Please don't take this the wrong way, but it happens many times...when we add a child to a family with an adult dog.
- the human baby takes soooo much attention, that the dog soon feels his new life is nothing short of a "door mat"
- dog quality time with Mom or Dad, just flew out the window & canine jealousy sets in
They can become bored & resentful starting with the little girl...and lashing out at others.
Your dog Diego has a big yard, sometimes outside they have to learn how to have fun and chase their own tail...LOL...I don't care if the street exercise has been cut back.
IMPO - #1 problem is the daily lack of activity, inside the house...mental stimulating games, are needed & more bonding....dobe is not respecting its owners fully now.