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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!