My cousin's puppy Spike...

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I hope this is the appropriate forum to post this in, if not I apologize.

 

Anyway, my cousin Andrea got a dobie puppy recently (he's so adorable!) anyway, he's ten weeks now but apparently when he was rescued he was four weeks, the rest of the litter didn't make it. So the problem is Andrea and her husband like to play rough with their puppy, and when they've had enough if the puppy hasn't he jumps up on the couch and nips at their faces! He bit me hard enough to draw blood once!


I told Andrea that I had heard from a few reputable dobie owners (that's you guys ^^) that dobie puppies are evil enough without them trying to bite you all the time, and that dobies are powerful dogs and that she shouldn't be encouraging her dog to jump up and bite.


She was furious! She went off on me about its her puppy and she'll train it how she wants...


My question here is, is there a medium where they can still rough house without there being a potential for serious injury in the future? I'm mostly worried because he didn't have any siblings or a mother to teach him boundaries...


Note: She owns no other dogs as of now, but she's had three labs in the past.

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I think you know the answer to this.  Yes, it is possible to rough house with your dog and not have them decide its okay to bite humans.  There's wrestling and rough play, I do it with Steve when I'm in the mood.  Then there's encouraging aggression, which I don't do.

However, I hate to say this, there is nothing you can do about it.  You can't tell people what to do, and usually when you try, you get the reprimands or the "Mind your own business, I know whats best".  I'd just make a note to not trust their dog and not bring your dogs around him.  You don't want them picking up on his body language and behavior.

Your cousins are setting themselves up for a lawsuit unfortunately and they are setting their dog up to end up in a pound in quaratine for rabies before he's euthanized from biting people.  It is one of those things people say "I never saw it coming" but if you track their dogs life you can almost always find a place where the owners went wrong.  This clearly is wrong.

I feel bad for Spike.

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I completely agree with Jess, he's your cousins dog and there is almost nothing you can do about it. I would keep suggesting that she treat him less roughly and stop encouraging his aggression... aggression that she is most likely creating. Of course... I'm nosey, but thats what I would do.

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Yeah, I'll try again today and hopefully her husband will listen...he's had pitbulls and they were sweet so maybe he can get a clue...

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He's only 10 weeks old, and we all know how they are about play biting, it's hard enough to break them of it when the pup was left with the littermates and mom long enough and they understand the correction.  Roughhousing with a lab is a whole lot different than a doberman.  I caught my grandson starting to play rough with Fancy. He was having her jump on him, encouraging her to "pretend" attack etc.  Luckily it was the only time he started it and I was there to stop it immediately.  I just said to him, "Do you really think it's a good idea to teach her to attack you?"  He got the message.

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That's what I'm worried about, I mean labs are big dogs but they're not really protection dogs...I just hope she gets the message and soon...