Wait a minute, maybe not!
There are lots of reasons dogs lick, and they are not necessarily to show affection. Dogs lick because they are nervous, to show dominance, or just because something, or someone, tastes good. None of these are reasons to encourage or condone your dog licking your baby. In addition, there are health hazards associated with your dog's baby-licking behavior. Dogs can carry bacteria, viruses, and parasites that are transmissible to humans through saliva and licking behavior. These are absolutely the last things you want your dog sharing with your baby.
You will need lots of treats to reinforce appropriate behavior. Invest some time observing and supervising your baby and your dog to catch unwanted licking behaviors. Dogs and babies should never be left together unsupervised, so practicing constant supervision to prevent licking and other unwanted behaviors is a necessary habit to establish. You will want to stop your dog licking, not just of the baby, but of everyone. All members of the household will have to be on board, including guests, in extinguishing licking behaviors.
When I come into the house with my 2 year old grandson my dog is in his face trying to lick and we can hardly get into the door. Also if he is trying to play Charlie is in his face. We are having another Granddaughter and I am afraid it will get worse. If we put up gates so he can't come in he cries and barks which is very annoying. The other problem is when my husband is in the room and our Grandson goes over to him Charlie will growl because if the attention he us getting from my husband. Please help. Thanks Debbie
Hello Debbie, I suggest teaching the "Out" command and making Charlie leave the area when he is being pushy or jealous. Check out the article linked below. https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ I also suggest working on Charlie's overall attitude and respect by giving him structure and boundaries right now. Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omg5DVPWIWo Crate manners: https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-the-crate/ Thresholds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-w28C2g68M Heel article - The turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Heel Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTiKVc4ZZWo The "Working" method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-doberman-to-listen-to-you Additionally, with Charlie on a leash or a back tie, with your help, have Charlie perform commands for your grandson and him toss treats to Charlie when he obeys. Depending on your grandson ability you may have to tell Charlie the command right now. Keep at least a couple of feet between the two while doing this though to avoid any potential issues around food - that is why I recommend a back tie for Charlie. The licking may be related to pushiness and dominance more than just excitement based on how unrelenting it is and the possessiveness/jealousy around your husband. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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