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boomer11 12-11-2013 12:30 AM

anyone play REALLY rough with your dog??
this is probably frowned upon but sometimes my dog looks at me wrong and i just have the urge to beat the crap out of him (and usually lose)

katieliz 12-11-2013 12:41 AM

i don't get your point and truthfully don't understand your line of thinking and personally have never in a million years had the "urge to beat the crap" out of any of my dogs. i think this does nothing positive for your relationship with your dog. is it possible you have anger issues? i'm thinking not too many people here have the urge to beat the crap out of their dog, and you are likely correct in thinking that in general it's "frowned upon" here. might you want to rethink this?

newtexas 12-11-2013 12:42 AM

I have in the past and hope to in the future. I have a puppy now and his teeth are just to sharp to have fun that way.

GSDlover143 12-11-2013 12:46 AM


Originally Posted by boomer11 (Post 4653305)
this is probably frowned upon but sometimes my dog looks at me wrong and i just have the urge to beat the crap out of him (and usually lose)

What do you mean you have an urge to beat him up? Do you mean you like to play fight??? I honestly think this is dumb.

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blehmannwa 12-11-2013 12:53 AM

I think the OP was joking and does mean play fighting. Both he and dog seem to be enjoying it.

Sunflowers 12-11-2013 12:55 AM

I see horsing around.
If you have the urge to do some energetic playing with your dog, get yourself a few nice tugs and channel his drive onto those.
The pillow is not satisfying enough for him, and inviting him to jump on you and bite you will cause you to lose in the leadership department. Hearing you squeal like prey after he bites you will cause you to lose status, as well. You need to be his leader, not his chew toy.

Check out some Michael Ellis videos on tug, channel your GSD's drive correctly. You can have lots of fun and expend your energy and his in a good way that strengthens your bond.

blehmannwa 12-11-2013 12:55 AM

Oh and if the dog was serious--you would totally lose.

VTGirlT 12-11-2013 12:59 AM

I am hoping that you do not mean literally that you mean to, "beat the crap out of my dog." If so, than i suggest you find a new home for your dog. Because beating a dog is wrong for ANY reason.

If you mean it by just playing and rough housing, and you just worded it very badly..
I suggest you stop doing that all together. Just stop rough housing. "It teaches dogs to play rough with humans, and it oh so very often leads to trouble. Perhaps not with the person who started it, but more likely with the little girl whose parents are suing you over the "play bite" to their daughters face. Dogs can get overly aroused in play. And just as fights sometimes break out at a ball games in our species, over-arousal can sometimes lead to aggression in dogs." Patricia McConnell, How to be the Leader of the Pack- and Have your Dog Love You For It.

Instead of rough housing and throwing pillows at your dogs face. Why not play tug of war? There are plenty of great tug toys out there. But you need to set rules.
Here is a great video to show how to set those rules and how to play a good fun game of tug:

bill 12-11-2013 01:18 AM

I think he was kidding.He said he usually lost.Bill

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dogfaeries 12-11-2013 01:26 AM

Sage and I horse around like that sometimes. Not with a pillow, but we play fight. She's a smart girl - she knows it's a game.

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