13 week old Springer with our 11 month old baby

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My fiancé and I got our 13 week old springer about 2 weeks ago. At first, our 11 month old son was a bit wary of him, but has since started to accept him (patting and stroking him etc). The problem seems to be with the puppy, at first he was also wary of our baby, but since seems to be shoving him when our baby is on the floor playing, and he even jumped up on the sofa and knocked our baby onto the floor.

Is this just normal puppy behaviour, as this is how he played with his brothers, or is he jealous of our baby?

He is also jumping up at kitchen cupboards and jumping on the sofa, no matter how many times we say no and put him back on the floor, he keeps jumping back up. He is also stealing our clothes and towels, how do we let him know chewing his toys is good, stealing our clothes is bad? We've tried praising when chewing his toys, and saying NO and removing the clothing, but it doesn't seem to be working.

Please can anyone help, any advice is greatly appreciated!!!

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Aug 16, 2011
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by: Anonymous

Springers love to play! they are very intelligent if you train them right. They learn very quickly from right and wrongs if you persevere and give them time and attention. One thing Springers don't like is to be ignored, they aim to please and can be very pesky too its a game to them, a bored springer will seek attention and play up, just like children do. I have 3 springers they are all obedient and been trained by me from the puppy stage, my first springer lived till she was 17 and a half and calmed down when she was 16! :) she was full of life and energy which is a natural personality of the breed of the Springer Spaniel and they are very loving family dogs.

Aug 16, 2011
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by: kimberlee

Hi, our first springer was just under a year when my daughter was born. I remember being very wary back then as he began stealing her stuff and chewing it up. I spoke with a behaviourist who said that it was jealously and that he needed firm boundaries So we got a crate and a few gates to the rooms that we didn't want him in. It does take alot patience and time,but stick with it,it does work!! My daughter is 12 now,both springer and daughter live in harmony!
Good Luck with it all.

Aug 16, 2011
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by: Anonymous

Hi - If I were you I would do a LOT of reading about how to own a dog particularly a springer. They are intelligent dogs and will learn very quickly, very you have to grant them a bit of time to learn after all it is a puppy - what were you expecting? Sorry to sound harsh but thats life with dogs and children...how is a puppy going to know what is there's and what is yours. Anything on the floor in our house is the dogs as far as they are concerned. They dont jump and take things, I have learnt everything from reading the advice on here.

Read, and think about how you can behave to make everyone happy :)
Charlotte
PS I have a 5 year old, 3.5 year old and 2 springers one and 8 mths! It can be done just do some simple research - particularly on The Springer Pack x

Aug 10, 2011
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by: michelle

yes you have a typical springer puppy, our stanley is 6 months now and has just started to clam down a bit but he still on the odd occassion jumps on the chairs and steals clothes and t towels toys etc. we use a crate this is where he sleeps and its his safe place from the children but also a place he goes for time out when been naughty i let him have 10 mins and then let him out again, bit like the naughty step lol. you must be careful with a little baby as all dogs/puppys are clumsy and very strong. but obideince classes and a time out crate and also strongly saying no he will soon learn =) just like having another child hehehe

Aug 10, 2011
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by: Michele

You have a typical Springer puppy! And as with all puppies (and children!) they need to be taught what is and is not acceptable.

If I were you, I'd look around for a dog obedience class. Not only will you be training your puppy, but you'll be trained too!

To find a good obedience class start by asking your Vet if he / she has one they'd recommend. Also see if you have any dog clubs in your area. A lot of dog clubs offer training and it doesn't have to specifically be a Springer club. You can also look for a doggie day care or kennel in your area. Any one of these 3 should be able to get you pointed in the right direction. My personal opinion is to stay away from dog training that is associated with big name pet stores.

Good luck!

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