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    Road Dawg Brayjj's Avatar

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    Sep 2018
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

    Default The powerful pyr paw question.

    So our pyr mix loves to give the pyr paw. He loves it so much, you really have to pay attention or it really does hurt. My issue with him recently came about. He's now giving my 3 year old the paw, but hurting him. It's sweet he wants him to pet him, but not so sweet when hes bleeding from the scratches and now he's also jumping up on him. He's taller than my son, and yes it's pretty funny to see, minus my son's crying. He gets so excited to see him he tends to knock him down in the process (Hes about 19 months old, our mix). I have no idea how to correct this. My son just bawls since he usually ends up hurt snd then our sweet Pyr mix is totally confused. He doesn't realize he's the one who has made him cry. He's kind of clumsy in giving his paw so he really doesn't look where he's giving it either. Any suggestions?? Thanks in advance.

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    Old Dawg (Senior Member) SebastiansMom's Avatar

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    Dallas, TX


    You and your family are such angels for your commitment to this handsome, sweet boy.

    Honestly, having been through Sebastian's adolescence with my two nephews who were young at the time (approx. age 3-6), I think your best bet is to limit the puppy’s exposure to your son to times when you can supervise and redirect him. Yep. Waaaaaaay easier said than done, I know. Corrections with these guys just don’t seem to carry the same weight as they would with a “normal dog” like a GSD or a Retriever, etc. I learned from Sebastian that to him, any attempt I made to “correct” his behavior resulted in him wanting to push back tenfold. Up until Sebastian was two years and about two months old, I had to leash him (Sebastian), so that he didn’t treat my nephews as “Human Puppies”, and play accordingly. At that time, I was fairly certain I would never adopt another puppy again. Naturally, being the sucker that I am, I am now of the mindset that I should never say never.

    I know it seems unlikely, but your canine kiddo *should* calm down before year’s end, if not sooner. Right now, as frustrating as it can be, it’s a matter of setting him up to succeed, which is something you have been excelling at from the moment he joined your family.

    You got this, Mama!

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