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Post by Kovacs Mihai on Wed Sep 12 2018, 05:32

Good day,

I am really sorry to disturb you but i am readding for a while your website and i wonder maybe can help me.
A month ago i adopted a american staffordshire terrier, is 6 years old and very well trained by his previous owner but have to give him to addoption because of moving out of country.
I am married and have 2 kids( one 12 years old and one 4 years old ), in first week the dog was absolutely brilliant but like 3 weeks ago he start to be little rough with my 4 year old son.
Here i have to mention that he got a lot of attention form all of us specially from my 4 years old who didn't let him alone a second( like calling home, hug him, kiss him ).
Rocky( the dog ) comes and licks him or hump him and after that try to grab his ears or hands, pants, jumps on him. He never bite hm to penetrate his skin but scratch him and hurt him because of his power.
My family attached on hom and specially the kids and i don't really want him to go but afraid to don't really bite my son. We always keep and eye on my son but sometimes is to fast and foes straight to the dog.
Not sure if he plays or trying to dominate him but in both cases i just want to see how to stop this before something can happen.

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Post by LizP on Wed Sep 12 2018, 08:13

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Post by LizP on Wed Sep 12 2018, 08:23

Hi and welcome from me and mine!

There are two things that spring to mind - the first is whether Rocky is neutured. If not, it's probably necessary.

The main thing, though, is that it sounds like excitement, or rather over excitement. Humping can be the result of a dog being super excited. The easiest solution is usually to stop him getting to that point, in other words to keep a careful eye on how excited he's getting and to call a halt to play fairly early on.

I know that's not necessarily going to be easy with a 4 year old who loves his dog, and maybe that side of things is going to be the hardest. Is there some way you can have a rule that your son can do quiet cuddles with Rocky whenever but can only do exciting things (exciting for Rocky) when an adult is there? It might be a hard lesson for your son but I agree you do need to keep him safe. Dogs can use their teeth in these situation, not aggressively but you still don't want teeth against human skin, especially not very young humans.

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Post by Kovacs Mihai on Wed Sep 12 2018, 08:42


Good day and thank you for your reply.
I also was thinking about that specially that reacts like that when my son is very active or noisy. I just hope is not jealous on him or something like that and bite him.
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Post by LizP on Wed Sep 12 2018, 08:54

No, I doubt if it's jealousy. Especially if he's reacting more when you son's is being active and noisy, it is most likely to be Rocky getting carried away with excitement. Good luck explaining to your son that Rocky needs him to be a bit quieter!

That's a very cute photo, your boys together.


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Post by Nifty staffy on Wed Sep 12 2018, 19:15

Hello and welcome.
Lovely family photo, hope you find a solution to the overexcitement but be reassured that Liz always has sound advice Wink


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