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We've been exhausting ourselves with learning proper puppy play between the kids and Jordan. He is the kids first puppy as the other dogs were all older when the kids were born (Cleo being about 9-10 months). Soooo, we're starting the bite inhabition all from scratch with the kids. I have to brag that after 2 1/2 weeks we've really made progress to be proud of. I was watching Sage and Jordan run in the back yard and Jordan would use his mouth gently and just stop and look up at him like "Is this okay?". He is much more gentle with the kids both with mouthing and scratching. I'm just a very proud momma and had to brag.

Now to work on the mounting. Yikes, what to do?????? The kids think it is hilarious when he wants a "Piggy back ride". Mommy doesn't find it so funny.
 

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We've been exhausting ourselves with learning proper puppy play between the kids and Jordan. He is the kids first puppy as the other dogs were all older when the kids were born (Cleo being about 9-10 months). Soooo, we're starting the bite inhabition all from scratch with the kids. I have to brag that after 2 1/2 weeks we've really made progress to be proud of. I was watching Sage and Jordan run in the back yard and Jordan would use his mouth gently and just stop and look up at him like "Is this okay?". He is much more gentle with the kids both with mouthing and scratching. I'm just a very proud momma and had to brag.

Now to work on the mounting. Yikes, what to do?????? The kids think it is hilarious when he wants a "Piggy back ride". Mommy doesn't find it so funny.

Glad you are making good progress with the mouthing, I would use the same stratagies for the mounting - it is just another form of dominance and should be dealt with the same way. It is not something that he should be allowed to get away with. These dogs will see what they can get away with and as we all know, they are far from stupid :)
 

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The only problem with the mounting is that the kids seem to like it where they don't like the mouthing. I'm having a hard time telling them that it is a dominant behavior since it is one that is acceptable to them and not to me. They are not as aware as I am that he is not getting any smaller. I'd hate to see a 75 lb puppy doing the same thing. They may change their minds real quick.
 
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