Whats wrong with my dog HELP?!

United States
July 3, 2008 10:18pm CST
My 7 year old Lahsa Apso is very distant to my 9 month old daughter. He was so excited when we brought her home but ever since then he barley comes near her. He would come up to her and sniff her and then run away. Whenever she would reach toward him to touch him he would run away. I just don't understand what is going on. When I bring my daughter to other people houses the dogs just adore her and don't leave her side. Some people say that my dog is jealous but I am not too sure about it. I wish I can read my dogs mind. He still get attention and he is played with etc. I wish I knew what the problem is because as she will get old she will want to play with him more and more so it upsetting that he just runs away from her as if he is afraid or something. Does anyone have any ideas or possible solutions?
4 responses
@MaeTsuen (257)
• Philippines
8 Jul 08
yeah maybe your dog is jealous.... he knows you all love him it's just he is not use to have your attention split into 2... hehehe anyways one step at time... start by letting your daughter touch his dog dish like she is the one feeding her. Or maybe give one long beggin stripes to dog but being held by your baby. make sure tho the stripes are long so as to avoid accidents. Bring your dog and baby together at the park. Also let him sleep inside the baby's room when you guys are taking a nap in the afternoon or morning... it makes him feel again he is still very much part of the family also talk to him somehow even tho they don't speak our language they do understand. =) That's why they are man's bestfriend right? =)
• United States
8 Jul 08
Thanks!! I will definitly give it a try. You have some good ideas there. If only I could read my dogs mind right !? lol I figured it was a jealous thing but I wouldn't think he would run away from her. Hopefully as she gets older things will get better between them :)
@MaeTsuen (257)
• Philippines
11 Jul 08
hello there... in time your dog will be your daughter's best friend too. m=) i hope my dog won't react that way, being jealous when i will have my kid of my own. =) good luck =)
• United States
4 Jul 08
If you have had him for seven years the baby is new to him. He could be a dog that just does not like being pulled and tugged on. If he were jealous he would be sticking his nose in your face every time you had the baby. 7 is old in dog years. Maybe after she gets older he will like her more.
• United States
4 Jul 08
To be honest with you, my daughter has yet to tug on him. She probably would when she gets older. Now she is just interesting in "what is that furry thing" so she sticks her hand out and he runs for his life lol I hope you are right, that he will like her more when she gets older. I really wanted them to have this close bond
@mialei23 (2386)
• Philippines
5 Jul 08
Yes, it's kinda jealous thing. 7 years is long. Your dog is making some adjustment and getting know your daughter well. Dog are very close to their master, and that's why he is now running away because the dog might think, he is not your baby anymore. Just try to talk him sometimes dogs are intelligent.
@jammyt (2824)
• Philippines
4 Jul 08
Maybe the dog is jealous of your daughter. I remember that you sleep with your dog, right? Maybe he feels that there is now competition between him and your daughter. Dogs can be too attached at time too. Try observing if he'll be like that for a few more days then maybe you can also give him more attention.