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My Hav growled and snapped at my son
We all love our Hav very much. He is 7 1/2 months old and really smart. Lately he has growled and snapped at our kids. These are not small children that aggravate him. These are kids that play, love and help take care of him.
1. He did it once to my 16 year-old daughter. We were in the vehicle and he found a candy wrapper. She tried to take it away from him and he snapped at her.
2. He has growled and snapped at my 12 year-old son a couple of times when he has gone to pick him up, especially if the Hav is on a nice soft surface.
3. Tonight my son gave him a bone. Then he was checking to make sure he couldn't choke on it somehow. When he touched Spyro, he growled and turned around and snapped at my son. Not a little tiny growl as a warning, he immediately snapped at him.
We have always hand fed Spyro and put our hands in his bowl. My son hand feeds him treats for bathroom and for tricks. He gave him this bone. My son worries about the dog and plays with him more than any of us.
Please, please, tell me something else other than to not bother the dog with his food. I have never in my life had a dog that I could not take something out of their mouth if I wanted to.
I am so sad and disappointed in Spyro. I am just shocked. We all baby him and love him so much. He makes us laugh all the time.
He loves his pillows and soft surfaces. He brings his water bowl and drops it for us. He comes and gets us if we forget to cover his crate. He has even showed me when he wants water in his dry dog food by scooting his water dish to the food bowl and spilling some of it there.
I did not spank him for snapping at my son but I did get very angry with him verbally and put him outside.
Please, tell me what to do. I could hardly bear to part with my smart little boy but I can't have him trying to bite my kids. The instance tonight with the bone is one thing but he should not snap at my son for picking him up off a pillow.
He is the best little car rider in the world. He lays still and is a sweet pleasure. He is not a lap dog but wants to be near us.
I keep hoping that my angry voice and the immediate reaction he got from me will be enough to keep him from doing it again but I am so afraid it won't stop him.
I am sorry for rambling but I have a very heavy heart.
He has not been neutered, yet.
Spyro's Sad Mom