Won't let me pet his head

Posted by theresa-murray
May 14, 2013
Hi there I have a 4 month old coton de tulear. He's an awesome dog, fairly dominate. One thing I can not figure out is how to get him to "allow me" to pet him on the head. He's ok everywhere else but he'll bite you hand and give you a good nip if you try his head.
Posted by MaxHollyNoah
May 15, 2013
Hi Theresa,

It is actually pretty intimidating from dog's point of view if someone extend a hand over his head. Some dogs do back up or growl/nip in this situation. However, it will be nice for dogs to accept their head petted so you might want to try this.

Starting from scratching behing your pup's ears, move your hand gradually towards his head and see how he torelates it. Don't rush. Do this practice every day. Eventually, skip the ear scratch but bring your hand from side of his head. Every time he accept it, give him a praise and treat. Repeat this until he gets familiar with his head scratched from the front.

If he refuses to be touched on his head even from the back or side, he must have something going on top of his head (cut, lumps or bruise) so you might want to take him to the vet.

Good luck!
Posted by Preethi KOP
May 15, 2013
Hi Theresa,

The above advice you have been given is fantastic! I recommend beginning this training as your earliest and doing it frequently as the younger the dog, the easier it is to change behavioural responses.

I would like to add that behaviours like this one can stem form bad experiences as pups, so please keep this in mind. He might have been hit on the head when he was younger and is now fearful of being touched there. Fear aggression is the most dangerous kind of aggression, so please be safe at all times.

All the very best!

Posted by dr.ashok-sonambekar
Jun 4, 2013
I have a German Shephard puppy who is now 3 months old.
His weight is 10 kg.
Is it ok ? Or its underweight ?
I feed him milk 2 cups, chicken khima ( minced and pressure cooked chicken) 100 gms. One egg and also pedigree about 200 gms, all this in one day divided in three doses, mornning, afternoon and night.. I feed him as long as he is accepting the feeds,. Is it ok ? If its underweight, what should I do ?
Posted by Preethi KOP
Jun 14, 2013
Hi Doctor Ashok,

Thank you for your email.

I would say his weight is fine. The rate at which puppies grow depends on various things genetics, size of his parents, whether he was the runt of the litter etc. You could ask your veterinarian for a body condition score when you take him in for his check ups/vaccines. This would be a better option than going by weight/height charts. While you're there ask them about his nutrition too.

I hope this helps.