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Really need some guidance

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My 8 month old, 16 lb. Bichpoo has been befriended by an 18 month old, 46lb. Labradoodle who is 4 or 5 times his size. He loves to take my puppy’s neck in his mouth and hold him down. My pup comes away from this “play” soaking wet and filthy and the Doodle’s owner thinks it’s cute. I do not. Today, after a particularly rough time last evening, my pup doesn’t want to eat or drink and is just laying at my feet. I didn’t see any skin breaks and he’s not acting painful, but I wonder if the two things are connected. The owner is my neighbor and we’re becoming friends, but I do not want my pup hurt. Should I get him a studded collar? Thoughts?
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Don't beat yourself up, but vow to be your dog's advocate. A small dog is going to need protecting from certain situations all his life, so you need to work on ways to do that. You don't have to allow anything that you or your dog don't like or that you see as potentially harmful, and from what you describe, your small puppy was at least bruised and exhausted by the rough play. Just tell your neighbor there's too big a size difference and last time your puppy wouldn't eat or drink afterward, so sorry, no more.
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