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Advice about barking/nipping?

I'm new to this forum-- I searched and found a few posts about this, but they were not exactly like the problem I'm having. I apologize if I've missed something and this has already been discussed on this forum.

I have an 11-month old Havanese puppy (male). I've trained him (with the help of a basic and an advanced training class) and in general he is well behaved--sits when asked, stays, etc. And when I'm around the dog is usually fine.

However, when I leave and it's just my wife and kids, the dog can be unfriendly. Sometimes he barks and nips at the kids and my wife, and it's not always clear what he wants. They walk him, feed him, give him attention, try to get him to settle down, and he doesn't respond. Something like a Kong will distract him for about 2 minutes, but then he gets right back to his unfriendly ways. He does not always follow commands from them when I'm not around. (Again he's a different dog when I'm around--he'll do what they ask when I'm at home.)

This is really frustrating to us. We had hoped he would be a friendly family dog, easy with everyone. He seems strongly attached to me, but I can't be around all the time. This happens even during short times, like when I'm at work for the day, not just when I'm traveling for work.

This doesn't happen all the time--it's often a problem in the afternoon (from around 3 p.m. on).

Any advice would be welcome! We love our puppy and want him to be happy with the whole family!

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sounds like he has them trained. I find it hard to understand that he listens to them when you are there. my suggestion then would be to follow them around and have them to do some training instead of you. sounds like now they answer to his beckon cry. ???

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sounds like he has them trained. I find it hard to understand that he listens to them when you are there. my suggestion then would be to follow them around and have them to do some training instead of you. sounds like now they answer to his beckon cry. ???
You misunderstand me if you think he has them at his beck and cry. I came home from work yesterday to find my daughter hiding out in her room so that the dog wouldn't bite her. I'm telling you--it's a Jekyll/Hyde thing. He's a very different dog when I'm at home.

He barks and bites as if he needs something, but *nothing* will get him to calm down. If he was training them, then it seems like he'd settle down once he got what he wanted.

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It sounds like it would be helpful to do the basic training class again without you there. He knows the commands, but doesn't seem to understand that he needs to obey them from everyone. Or just have a few private training classes when you aren't around. A trainer could also tell you more definitively if there is something about how they behave/dress/whatever that isn't working. My pup is better behaved with my husband for some things. Like she's more inclined to go after my clothes than his because I wear comfy sweats and my hair is long and fun to grab.

Does he act this way around strangers, too? It could also just be a general human socialization issue that a trainer could help you work on. He might just be uncomfortable without you and accordingly act out.


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I think you need to have a good, positive based trainer come to your house a few times and work with your family, preferably when you aren't home, which seems to be when the trouble starts. That way s/he can see what's going on and help your family learn to work with him better.

It's hard for YOU to address it, if it doesn't happen when you are present.

This is not at all a typical problem, and I think you need to get in some professional, local help.


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I agree with a trainer, it's tough to see what's going on if you're not there, that's why I suggested you observe ,but to get the whole picture ,you could use an experienced trainer. .

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