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    So I have been reading a lot about over excitement and calming my playful little biter. Elli is starting to get out of hand when we play with her. She just started to aggressively mount us and growl when we reprimand her and bite at us. I know my bf is aggressive with her during play and I want that to stop but it seems he doesn't know how to play with her if he's not play tug a war or tumbling around. How should we play and handle our crazy lil Elli?
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    I would recommend no tug of war...Mine got really aggressive when Hubby did that..Took me a bit to convince him to stop but he did. I just give mine toys to play with..Toss a ball or something like that.. I also keep a spray bottle handy if it gets out of hand. Hope that helps.

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    Elli reminds me of my cute Boris... My puppy is a bit dominant so we decided not to play tug-of-war games with him anymore and it worked like a charm! We usually toss a ball and he loves it!

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    Usko got really angry and aggressive sometimes when we played with him as a small puppy and i did pin him to his back twice. He did put up a fight for awhile, but I only let go when he relaxed. I wasn't angry or anything, I just kept him down. I know that some people think that it is wrong to do that but Usko is has never gotten mad, angry or aggressive towards us after that. We can play tug of war and he gives me the toy if I ask him to even when he is really in to it. His mouth shakes funny then but he gives it any way.

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    @riissi I think pinning them down is a good idea. I did this with Mocha a few times when she was little. You let go when they are in a relax state. As for guys playing with dogs... ugh, Scott still plays tug of war with her and I hate it!!! I just walk out the room when they do this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LisaMarie View Post
    @riissi I think pinning them down is a good idea. I did this with Mocha a few times when she was little. You let go when they are in a relax state. As for guys playing with dogs... ugh, Scott still plays tug of war with her and I hate it!!! I just walk out the room when they do this.
    I don't know what's worst... Reprimanding the puppy for being a puppy or the man who is just being stupid...

    Thanks... I pinned her down yesterday but she just got more rough.... I tried the squirt bottle and she is now afraid of it but barks... Which she never does.

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    I am not an expert, but I believe if she got worse when you pinned her that you didn't do it long enough to make your point.

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    How long does it take? I say there for almost 4 minutes which seemed like forever because she's moving and kicking me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RiiSi View Post
    We can play tug of war and he gives me the toy if I ask him to even when he is really in to it. His mouth shakes funny then but he gives it any way.
    Nice job pack leader!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LariP View Post
    I am not an expert, but I believe if she got worse when you pinned her that you didn't do it long enough to make your point.
    Lari is right. Patience is key for anything. What was your energy while you were doing it? You shouldn't be anything but calm and assertive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Autzz View Post
    How long does it take? I say there for almost 4 minutes which seemed like forever because she's moving and kicking me.
    Bulldogs are stubborn and you just need to be more stubborn. If it takes an hour that's what it takes. If you let go sooner she will get worse and it'll take more time the next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicaroo1000 View Post
    Nice job pack leader!
    Thank you, I try my best and he is so mamma's boy.

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