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    Question Puppy gets a bit too frisky with our son

    Our 13 week old puppy, Bradley is getting a bit too rough with our 10 year old son. He's starting to bark and pounce towards him which is frightening our son. The puppy does not do that to either my husband or myself. It doesn't appear as though my son is playing too roughly.

    Can you suggest what to do? We're not sure what we should be doing physically and what we should be saying at that moment.

    Thanks for any advice you have.

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    Re: Puppy gets a bit too frisky with our son

    Time to teach the pup calmness. That has to come mostly from your son who is the pups playmate. Start teaching the good games to play instead of wrestling, lunging and getting the pup worked up. If you haven't already enrolled in puppy classes nows a great time. They will teach you and your son some really great games and basic control.

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    Re: Puppy gets a bit too frisky with our son

    he probably only dose it with your son because he dosn't act like a dominant figure in the family and there for is free game for a puppy to play with. puppies don't usually like to play with dominant dogs or humans. try teaching your son how to act like a leader to the puppy and then they puppy might not been so keen to treat him like an equal, which is what he is doing right now.

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    Question Re: Puppy gets a bit too frisky with our son - Further ???

    Thanks for all the support. We will work with our son to make him a top dog..just like us!

    I have a very specific question related to this...What exactly should MY behavior be when the puppy does get too frisky?? What should I say and what should I be doing to diffuse the situation

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    Re: Puppy gets a bit too frisky with our son - Further ???

    Use the same technique that an Alpha wolf uses when two members start to get out of hand....step quietly, calmly, confidently between the two. That's usually enough to stop both of them in their tracks. You don't have to bark, snap or growl....if one of them gives you any backtalk a hard look should suffice.

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    Re: Puppy gets a bit too frisky with our son

    and to add to what tooney said
    if the puppy continues.... you can gently pick up the puppy and go for a time out to his crate.... this is not an angry time out but just a little time to calm down.... remember the puppy is a baby and like many young children (probably including your ten year old) sometimes they just don't know when to stop.... and a little calm time in his crate is sometimes needed..... but remember it is not punishment....

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    Re: Puppy gets a bit too frisky with our son

    I use to have this same problem w/ my son and our wild child Roxy. They get to playing and she can't seem to quit. I also use the "time out" trick and it seems to really work for us. It give Roxy a second to chill and catch her breath. My son too! : )

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