Need help! Puppy and toddler just don't mix!
I am at my wits end about the relationship my three year old son, Jacob, and my puppy, Kona, have. They are constantly after one another. If my son is just walking by her she runs and attacks him and nips at his face. We make sure to stop it right away by saying no and putting her in her crate for a time out but this just doesn't seem to be doing anything. Jacob loves her to pieces because he's always saying so and always talks about his new puppy. The only real time he feels comfortable being around her is when she's in her crate and he talks to her through the gate. Jacob gets so frustrated after having to deal with this all the time that they actually start wrestling each other on the ground as if they were siblings (we break it up right away). Even though Jacob is too young to understand and communicate with her properly we have taught him to say 'off' and 'no bites' and push her down but she just over powers him because they are about the same size and she is stronger. He gets bitten by her every day which ends in tears and he's now starting to become afraid of her (she lunges at him so fast that we don't have time to stop it). He got bit right by his eye leaving a puncture wound and turning it black. I'm so fed up with giving her time outs. I don't want her to have to live in her crate. We started training her as soon as we got her and we have kept up with it since. She will be going into obedience class in a few months as well. Oh and I was going to mention that she is totally fine with us, she is the perfect puppy, it's just around Jacob that there's a problem.
Someone told me I should buy a little squirt bottle and give her a little squirt when she attacks Jacob. She'll get to the point where I won't have to squirt her at all and just the site of the bottle will hopefully stop her. What think?