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    Is it a good or a bad thing? I personally don't play fight or play rough games with him but a few members of my family do. My dog does get noticeably mouthier, more hyper and a little bit more high strung but I should expect some people especially children to be a little rough on him shouldn't i?

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    I love play fighting with my boys. I like to think i beat them too but really they jut tolerate my crap. Both could kick my butt if they wanted to. I try to pin them down but i cant. Bronxy loves it.... his biting gets a bit hard too but i let him. Mojo dosnt bite much, more of a wrestler really.
    If they know the boundaries i dont see a issue with playfighting at all. My boys are always playfighting with each other anyway....i just join in the fun sometimes !!

    I dont let my kids do it though.....not the way i playfight with them anyway.


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    My dog - matches her play to my play. Or other dogs' or people's play. If I play rough - she plays rough - so I play gentle. There's some pushing and shoving but no pinching or hurting or chomping allowed.

    Googles - with your dog, it is very very important to teach gentle play - now while you can. All play must stop the second it gets rough. And given some of the problems you're already having, I might not play fight with your puppy but do things that involve toys like tug or fetch so that there is no wrestling or teeth on people at all.

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    As far as I am concerned - play-fighting by humans with young pups – or any dogs for that matter - is a really big NO-NO with me. Dogs, regardless of age – should NEVER be taught that it is OK to bite a human in play.

    Why are you allowing other people to play-fight with your pup – when you don’t ? It is your dog – so you make the rules as to what is OK or not in the behaviour of your pup and others !

    Your pup is young and the emphasis now should be on training it NOT to bite !

    Please concentrate on training your pup to be a good canine citizen. Find a good dog training school and join.

    If you need some suggestions – put up your basic area – and I am sure people here will be able to help you.

    There are heaps of ways of having fun with your pup – without play-fighting with it ! Good Luck !

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    I agree with Sean, as long as boundaries are set and the dog learns those boundaries then it's (IMO) a good training tool to teach the dog bite control i.e so they gently mouth rather than bite hard, plus of course it's lots of fun for both the dog and human. One boundary I set is that it's NOT ok to play fight with kids.

    When I talk about play fighting it's nothing more than a little wrestling, fake hits that he tries to catch with his mouth, a bit of grab some skin and let him try to get me off. Again, if the mouthing gets anything like hard play stops immediately. Lots of dog trainers and dog people will disagree with this, but that's what I do and it works well for me

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    Be a "Good Leader" and protect your dog from family and friends. (and other dogs and maybe cats, lol)
    He will be a much happier dog if he knows that you always "have his back".

    You can play fun games with toys, rope or just hide and seek.
    Not sure his breed or size but he could get himself in big trouble one day, seized by rangers and PTS.

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    It's hard to get kids to not overstep the line with this. My 8yo knows more about the basic principles of conditioning than most dog owners I know and I still have to tell her off on a regular basis for encouraging our foster pup to be rough and overexcited. Then again, when I say enough, they all stop carrying on, so maybe there's a lesson in there somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    It's hard to get kids to not overstep the line with this. My 8yo knows more about the basic principles of conditioning than most dog owners I know and I still have to tell her off on a regular basis for encouraging our foster pup to be rough and overexcited. Then again, when I say enough, they all stop carrying on, so maybe there's a lesson in there somewhere.
    Kids will be kids. IMO it's the perfect opportunity to teach the dog that kids are not allowed to be played with in a rough manner. Of course it takes lots of supervision but it can work if you're dedicated to the cause in my experience

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    It's hard to get kids to not overstep the line with this. My 8yo knows more about the basic principles of conditioning than most dog owners I know and I still have to tell her off on a regular basis for encouraging our foster pup to be rough and overexcited. Then again, when I say enough, they all stop carrying on, so maybe there's a lesson in there somewhere.
    Kids will be kids. IMO it's the perfect opportunity to teach the dog that kids are not allowed to be played with in a rough manner. Of course it takes lots of supervision but it can work if you're dedicated to the cause in my experience

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    My big boy is very mouthy at the best of times, and I am constantly teaching/reminding him that it's not behaviour I want. Even when he's being 'gentle', if he's having fun he escalates very quickly and his mouthing can sometimes hurt. He's still a pup really, and I don't expect him to be able to control himself every time someone encourages him to get excited and play hard with them. Playing hard is what he does best and is bound to lead to tears someday if I encourage it, so I don't. He gets to play hard with sal, who is in total control and can tell him to pull his head in instantly she needs to. I have chosen not to send mixed messages to the boy as he hates to think he's done the wrong thing and I think playfighting would only end up confusing and stressing him if I tried to stop him being mouthy in play. He'd give his left nut to playfight with me tho

    I have wrestled with Sal over the years. Different dog, none of those issues with her, so maybe it has as much to do with the individual animal as much as anything else....?

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