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    OK guys and gals, ....I've noticed some behaviour from Mojo that has me guessing what it means.

    If i play wrestle with my kids, Mojo will not tolerate it.....at all. He gets in between us with a deep growl and breaks it up everytime. He will mouth us....teeth making contact but never a bite and uses his body and head to push us apart and wont stop till we stop. He usually goes me first.....dunno why ??

    Then last night my daughter was standing on the lounge and wanted me to do one those hand slap games that girls do.....ya know the ones that have a song go with it and you stand infront of each other and slap hands together in all sorts of diffrent routines ??.....well we started and Mojo just flew at us and knocked her flying...he wasnt having any of that going on in his house.....no way. LOL.......She was alright...luckily she landed on the lounge....she was pissed off though and yelled at me that we need to get a new puppy....one that isnt so rough.

    So i realise he dosnt like anyone fighting or playing boisterous around him at all........Got me wondering if a robber broke in and i had to go toe to toe with them....would my dog go me instead of the bad guy ??? or both of us ???

    Is this a dominating behaviour ??? is he been top dog and saying "hey, i dont like that crap...cut it out !!!".
    It's obvious we arnt hurting each other but he just will not put up with it at all. I feel like i'm a kid in trouble with my dog

    What are your thoughts on it....i have no idea why he wont let us play rough.


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    Lol that's odd, but I've got no idea. Maybe jealousy? He doesn't like you playing with your daughter cause she is his play mate. Bella never lets Harley play with anyone else. She bites him until he plays with her. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    Is this a dominating behaviour ??? is he been top dog and saying "hey, i dont like that crap...cut it out !!!".
    It's obvious we arnt hurting each other but he just will not put up with it at all. I feel like i'm a kid in trouble with my dog

    What are your thoughts on it....i have no idea why he wont let us play rough.
    Yes it is extremely dominating behaviour. Your dog thinks he is in charge of the house and he is telling you that he won't allow certain behaviour. He is the boss.

    You need to make him understand that you are in charge, nip this sort of thing in the bud. Tell him firmly to go away when he interrupts play with your daughter. You can't have a dog thinking he can dictate how humans interact with each other, and you definitely can't have him using physical force to separate you. That is terrible behaviour for a dog and you should not put up with it.

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    Yeah , thats what i was thinking but then he'll still do it when it's me and my son . And also if i muck around with the misses he'll go all growly aswell .I've read so much about them been very protective, maybe this is his way of protecting us....from each other ??? Maybe he cant tell the diffrence between fun and been serious.
    I'm not worried by the behaviour....it's kinda funny to see him do it. But he could very well step it up a notch and then someone's gunna get hurt so we always stop so he dosnt get to carried away.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mosh View Post
    Yes it is extremely dominating behaviour. Your dog thinks he is in charge of the house and he is telling you that he won't allow certain behaviour. He is the boss.

    You need to make him understand that you are in charge, nip this sort of thing in the bud. Tell him firmly to go away when he interrupts play with your daughter. You can't have a dog thinking he can dictate how humans interact with each other, and you definitely can't have him using physical force to separate you. That is terrible behaviour for a dog and you should not put up with it.
    I agree with your thoughts Mosh.....my reply above was to Jadiees post sorry.

    I can stop him by just yelling at him and standing over him..he pulls his head in pretty quick when he realises i'm serious. But that wont stop him from doing it next time.
    Any tips on how to stop him....remembering he dosnt actually hurt us...but he certainly puts a halt to the fun.


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    You should be able to play with your family in whatever way you like, without him interfering. It is your right as a father and as the head of your household.

    He acknowledges you as a large and powerful male, and when he interrupts your play he is saying "Hey you, I'm stopping this right now because I can't trust you to know your own strength!" This is because he thinks he is the boss, and that makes it his job to make sure nobody gets harmed. Of course being a dog, he applies dog logic to human situations, which doesn't work because he doesn't understand human interaction. All he sees is a large male playing with a small female, which in his eyes is too risky to allow.

    Being the boss of a pack of humans is probably causing him a lot of stress and worry that you don't even notice, and one of the ways this stress manifests itself is when he interferes with your playtime. What you need to do is take over his position of leader of the pack, this will calm him down and make his life a lot happier. Just addressing that one single thing is not going to work, you need to apply it to everything in his life.

    BE THE LEADER OF THE PACK

    How do you feed him? A good way of establishing yourself as an alpha is to make him sit in front of his food and wait for your command to eat it. If he eats without a command, take the food away and try again. Making him wait before he does things will show him that you are the one in control, so make him wait before he goes through a doorway, when you let him off the lead, when he jumps out of the car, etc.
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    It sounds as if you are the centre of his universe and he does not want to share you with others.

    Back in ye olden times when the OH and I used to hug each other, Oz would always shove himself
    in the middle. We were a bit clueless and thought it was cute so just included him in the hug.
    He did'nt mouth, but he was 5 when we took him in so well out of puppy love stage.

    I'm sure Hyacinth or Nekhbet can offer some advice. We also need Newf back!

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    I must admit to been slack with his training since we stopped classes. The classes started to head in the direction of agility and all the ups and downs was wearing really thin with my big pup who really just wants to have fun. Plus he's still growing so i didnt want him doing to much exercise as such. I'm starting to think it might be worth going back and starting from scratch.....i was definently top dog when we did training.

    I like your ideas Mosh.....some people dont seem to agree about the Alpha/top dog thing. I've always thought it existed. I'll have a good read of that link after dinner.

    The giant pug is only going to get heavier and maybe a bit taller in the next year so now will be a ideal time to nip this in the butt.

    Chubb....thanks, but i think it's actually my daughter who is the cntre of his universe, hence why he tends to direct his attention at me when he does it.
    Like you i thought this was kinda funny and cute and it's probably given him the wrong idea that its OK to do it.


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    Another good way of stopping this from happening is to have a place for him to sit in the family room (a cushion or blanket), make him sit there while you are playing and roughousing. If he gets off his blanket and approaches you while you are roughousing, tell him "NO" and indicate for him to go back on the blanket. If he sits nicely on the blanket while you are playing with your kids, praise him and give him a treat so he knows this is good behaviour. Repeat this process as many times as you need to, making him go back to his blanket every time he gets off it.

    I've found praising a dog for not doing a bad thing is far more effective than reprimanding it for doing the bad thing.

    Try this, coupled with making him wait for your OK for everything he does, and you should see this type of behaviour disappear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mosh View Post
    Another good way of stopping this from happening is to have a place for him to sit in the family room (a cushion or blanket), make him sit there while you are playing and roughousing. If he gets off his blanket and approaches you while you are roughousing, tell him "NO" and indicate for him to go back on the blanket. If he sits nicely on the blanket while you are playing with your kids, praise him and give him a treat so he knows this is good behaviour.

    I've found praising a dog for not doing a bad thing is far more effective than reprimanding it for doing the bad thing.

    Try this, coupled with making him wait for your OK for everything he does, and you should see this type of behaviour disappear.
    Yep, i'll try that for sure. I havnt been using his check chain at all recently...he walks on a loose lead just fine so we retired it.
    If he dosnt stay on the matt maybe i can get the kids to wrestle in front of him and check him if he dosnt respond to just 'no'...??? Just a thought


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