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Dog is too rough with us, what should I do?

asked 2020-11-17 17:45:31 -0500

We have a puppy that is a lab mix. She’s a good dog, but she plays way too rough. Her eyes even seem to change. They get...I guess the word would be beady...and it’s really hard to get her back to under control. I don’t want to get rid of her but I also don’t want something really bad to happen. I have kids and she seems to be worse with them. Please help, i don’t know what to do so please give me tips to try, or should I just get rid of her? It breaks my heart. We can’t afford a dog trainer. Edit: I said I need helpful tips, not to get guilt tripped for thinking we aren’t a good mix for her. We sit and stand and do our best to train her and she still changes, nothing sets her off she just does it and she hurts us no matter what. I personally can get her to calm down if it’s just me and her but that isn’t ideal because we have kids and other animals. I don’t want to remove her from the family but I do want what’s best for her and everyone else involved. I know she is part of the family...why I have been trying to work with her!

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Is there a trigger when this behavior occurs-maybe a noise or certain toy or type of playing ?

Liz M.'s profile image Liz M.  ( 2020-11-18 09:12:14 -0500 ) edit

Hello Rachael. My first recommendation, based on your concern for your children's safety, is observed playtime between your dog and children by an adult. For now, only play with the dog with dog toys, do not wrestle with it, keep the pup on the floor and the humans on the couch or standing up.

Jennifer C.'s profile image Jennifer C.  ( 2020-11-18 22:10:00 -0500 ) edit

It sounds like playtime is going a little too far and the dog is trying to establish its limits. Unfortunately, the way its doing so is not okay. It doesn't sound like you have a bad case, but more info about it's behavior would be welcome (does it bite, is it possessive of food, does it run a lot)?

Jennifer C.'s profile image Jennifer C.  ( 2020-11-18 22:16:18 -0500 ) edit

Thanks Jennifer for your response. She does bite and it really hurts and breaks skin sometimes, she kind of is possessive of her food but she will let me pet her a little bit. She loves to run. She loves to pull us too and can make us fall. She knows how to sit and learning lay down. But when she

Rachael C.'s profile image Rachael C.  ( 2020-11-19 16:44:02 -0500 ) edit

Seems to act different, it’s as if she won’t listen at all and just wants to hurt us

Rachael C.'s profile image Rachael C.  ( 2020-11-19 16:44:27 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2020-11-18 23:33:53 -0500

I don't think that you should get rid of her. She is part of your family now. She is a puppy and that is YOUR job to set the boundaries and train her. To teach both your children and your dog what is proper play and what is not acceptable.

I know you mentioned you can not afford a dog trainer, and I do understand, when money is tight money is tight. But that just means you have to work twice as hard to do your own research. Start googling online how to teach your dog the basic commands sit, stay, wait, off, lye down, ect. What ever the issue you are having with your puppy I am sure you can find solution on Google or you tube. But getting rid of her should not be one of your options. =( Best of Luck!

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I do not want to get rid of her. Why I have been trying to find help. Thanks!

Rachael C.'s profile image Rachael C.  ( 2020-11-19 16:45:23 -0500 ) edit

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