Tip: When things get out of hand, don’t yell at the kids. Yelling sounds like barking to your dog and ups the fun ante. Calmly station, crate, or isolate your puppy until she mellows.
WHEN GRABBING AND CHASING ARE INVOLVED
Puppies, being puppies, are bound to chase and grab at things. If the thing is a ball or squeak toy, there’s no problem. But if it’s the children or your clothing, well, that’s a problem. Your next goal is to teach the puppy what’s acceptable to grab and pull at and what’s off limits.
THE BATHROBE ASSAULT
If your puppy’s a clothing grabber, dilute some Bitter Apple spray in a plant mister and carry it with you when you suspect the assault. Without looking at or responding to your pup, spray your dog discretely and continue walking.
Warning: If this problem persists, get help now. It can develop into post-puberty aggression. No joke.
THE CHILD CHASER
Kids running around the yard or house are a big temptation. If you were a puppy, you’d be jumping and nipping, too. Because you can’t teach kids to stop being kids, you need to help your puppy control her impulses.