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Old 08-14-2018, 09:12 PM
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My dog is 20oz or more maybe 22oz, can I rough pet her?

Have been hearing conflicting info about rough petting for small dogs (don't know if she is considered small). I've had cats and they love it.

Any info like will it hurt her or anything?
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You're dog is less then 2 lbs?

My dog is around 8lbs and I'm gentle with him, but I tend to pet him the same as I did my 22 lb and 44 lb dogs. What do you mean by rough petting?
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You're dog is less then 2 lbs?

My dog is around 8lbs and I'm gentle with him, but I tend to pet him the same as I did my 22 lb and 44 lb dogs. What do you mean by rough petting?
Sorry!! I meant lbs... was thinking about food.

My mistake!!

I use g/kg here so was mixed up.

I don't know what is rough petting exactly but I guess it means firm, hard petting with a purpose. Courtesy of YouTube. I was told that it isn't good for her but then nothing i've seen online says it will hurt her.

And she is 22lbs sorry(about 10 ish kg, maybe 15kg, never got to weigh her but she is hard to lift up)

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Sorry!! I meant lbs... was thinking about food.

My mistake!!

I use g/kg here so was mixed up.

I don't know what is rough petting exactly but I guess it means firm, hard petting with a purpose. Courtesy of YouTube. I was told that it isn't good for her but then nothing i've seen online says it will hurt her.

And she is 22lbs sorry(about 10 ish kg, maybe 15kg, never got to weigh her but she is hard to lift up)

LOL, no problem! I was hoping that's what it was but figured I'd better ask

She'll be fine with that type of petting and will probably love it. I'd play on the rough side with my 22 lb dog, he loved when I put my hands on either side of his shoulders and gently shook him, "roughing him up" when he had a toy in his mouth, At 22 lbs a dog is pretty solid. Now if you had a toy sized dog, like I do now, then I'd say be a bit more gentle then that.
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LOL, no problem! I was hoping that's what it was but figured I'd better ask

She'll be fine with that type of petting and will probably love it. I'd play on the rough side with my 22 lb dog, he loved when I put my hands on either side of his shoulders and gently shook him, "roughing him up" when he had a toy in his mouth, At 22 lbs a dog is pretty solid. Now if you had a toy sized dog, like I do now, then I'd say be a bit more gentle then that.
She could be more than 22 as I don't have a normal measuring scale, its one with impedances. She is more of a medium dog range. I can't even lift her up easily!!

Today I tried to rough her up and I realizes it stimulates her. However it also starts her play-mouthing and hurting me with her teeth slightly or she jumps at me and scratches me through play... she even humped my leg from overexcitement... so really re-thinking it!
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How old is your dog? How long have you had her?
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My dog is 90 pounds and when I first got him one of my male friends that grew up with lots of dogs really encouraged lots of rough petting and roughhousing. Including having him mouthing his bare arm in the summer. I left for five minutes and came back and the guy's arm was dripping blood with multiple scrapes from encouraging too much mouthing. He said he was fine and liked playing that way. I said I didn't want my dog to learn it's ok to interact with any people that way. To prove my point, the second another guy walked by that my dog knew be jumped up and grabbed his arm in his teeth excitedly wagging his tail cause he was still hyped up. The other guy literally yelled and pulled his arm away and asked me why my sweet dog was attacking him after jumping back.
I've gotten some nasty bruises and cuts from my eight and twelve pound cats playing and chasing each other and running me over when they don't pay attention to where they're going and land on me when I'm sleeping or reading and they're chasing each other.
When my dog has heard a sound he thinks is an intruder in the middle of the night and bounded off the bed to frantically race to the door barking and growling to protect us, I look like a victim of a violent crime when he springs off my ribs, stomach or legs to spring off the bed.
Call me uptight, but I've had large dogs, cats and large horses for decades and I think it's better to be respectful and gentle with them and let them be rough with toys and other animals of their own kind, not humans or other species. In my opinion this is the best way to prevent accidents and misunderstandings with the wrong individual. What happens when your dog is used to rough playing and you have a baby? Or your family/friends with toddlers or kids who like to run and scream come to visit and get your dog revved up? Suddenly normal roughhousing becomes a child bite and potentially awful consequences for the poor dog who's just doing what he was raised to see as completely normal behavior.
Plus you harbor trust and safety in the interactions between animal and owner. So many people with horses and large dogs love to pat them so hard it's really a large slap that anyone can hear across a room. Yet horses and dogs and cats have skin so sensitive they can feel a fly land on them. How would you like to be slapped by the person you were supposed to trust to feed you and protect you and bond with?

I hate it when young dogs jump on me and bite and scratch me at the dog park and do whatever I have to in order to stop the behavior even if I train them to behave better with me than their owners. And it isn't fair to rough patch them and not expect them to pick up your mood and get excited and want to play and get hyper and rough and mirror your actions back. I'd be careful opening that can of worms. Maybe it's cute when they're a tiny puppy but not when they're grown up and 90+ pounds and knocking down grown men.
Call me hypersensitive.
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How old is your dog? How long have you had her?
She is not exactly mine but my husband's. He had her since a puppy. She is 8 now
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My dog is 90 pounds and when I first got him one of my male friends that grew up with lots of dogs really encouraged lots of rough petting and roughhousing. Including having him mouthing his bare arm in the summer. I left for five minutes and came back and the guy's arm was dripping blood with multiple scrapes from encouraging too much mouthing. He said he was fine and liked playing that way. I said I didn't want my dog to learn it's ok to interact with any people that way. To prove my point, the second another guy walked by that my dog knew be jumped up and grabbed his arm in his teeth excitedly wagging his tail cause he was still hyped up. The other guy literally yelled and pulled his arm away and asked me why my sweet dog was attacking him after jumping back.
I've gotten some nasty bruises and cuts from my eight and twelve pound cats playing and chasing each other and running me over when they don't pay attention to where they're going and land on me when I'm sleeping or reading and they're chasing each other.
When my dog has heard a sound he thinks is an intruder in the middle of the night and bounded off the bed to frantically race to the door barking and growling to protect us, I look like a victim of a violent crime when he springs off my ribs, stomach or legs to spring off the bed.
Call me uptight, but I've had large dogs, cats and large horses for decades and I think it's better to be respectful and gentle with them and let them be rough with toys and other animals of their own kind, not humans or other species. In my opinion this is the best way to prevent accidents and misunderstandings with the wrong individual. What happens when your dog is used to rough playing and you have a baby? Or your family/friends with toddlers or kids who like to run and scream come to visit and get your dog revved up? Suddenly normal roughhousing becomes a child bite and potentially awful consequences for the poor dog who's just doing what he was raised to see as completely normal behavior.
Plus you harbor trust and safety in the interactions between animal and owner. So many people with horses and large dogs love to pat them so hard it's really a large slap that anyone can hear across a room. Yet horses and dogs and cats have skin so sensitive they can feel a fly land on them. How would you like to be slapped by the person you were supposed to trust to feed you and protect you and bond with?

I hate it when young dogs jump on me and bite and scratch me at the dog park and do whatever I have to in order to stop the behavior even if I train them to behave better with me than their owners. And it isn't fair to rough patch them and not expect them to pick up your mood and get excited and want to play and get hyper and rough and mirror your actions back. I'd be careful opening that can of worms. Maybe it's cute when they're a tiny puppy but not when they're grown up and 90+ pounds and knocking down grown men.
Call me hypersensitive.
That's why I said I'm rethinking it. I'm not fine having my leg humped, I'm her caretaker, her secondary owner not a male dog. Plus I hate it when she mouths me. She thinks it's fun, I like rubbing her across the cheeks and patting her on the head firmly but not when it overstimulates her like this. She gets too hyper. I love her but not in this way, hence I think it's a bad idea.
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She could be more than 22 as I don't have a normal measuring scale, its one with impedances. She is more of a medium dog range. I can't even lift her up easily!!

Today I tried to rough her up and I realizes it stimulates her. However it also starts her play-mouthing and hurting me with her teeth slightly or she jumps at me and scratches me through play... she even humped my leg from overexcitement... so really re-thinking it!

Yep if could definitely cause that, they can take it as a sign that the person wants to rough house and act accordingly! When he was a puppy I had taught my boy to get one of his toys, and hold it in his mouth, when he wanted to play. That's why I could do the gentle shake thing I did with him and not come away with teeth marks. The boy I have now it depends on his mood whether he lays down and enjoys a message, or decides that I've hit the on button and takes off running around with the zoomies.
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