playing with children
My boy is the sweetest dog, he’s huge and doesn’t even know it. We adopted him from our local pound and they thought he was around a year old and was told he was a shepherd mix. We did a DNA test and he’s 62.5% Rottweiler 25%Am Staff and 12.5% American Bulldog. I’m not sure where his fur comes from but he has SO much hair, we use a furminator for him purchased at Petco and it helps so much. He has a VERY thick coat, not sure if that’s just his winter coat or what but he is always hot and shedding. The furminator is a great way to take care of that and keep him comfortable and keep the hair at bay. He loves to play with my kids 4 and 8, he is quite obviously still a pup, he was very nippy when we first got him during play. It didn’t take him long to understand he can’t play with the kids like he would another dog. He has learned to “flea bite” at them rather than chomping. I assume he will outgrow that anyhow. We are very happy with him and he is growing everyday. When we got him he was 50lbs, 3 weeks later he was 67lbs, I’m unsure of his current weight but I’m sure he’s close to 80lbs. He is a natural guard dog and seeks my approval on strangers and situations before proceeding or allowing the children to proceed. As in he gets in front of them and “herds” them away from unknown people. Once I tell him a situation is okay, he is all good. He is submissive once he knows a person is okay, he goes down into the submissive puppy bow but only once he knows I am okay with the person. He is exactly what we wanted and I do truly believe he would without a doubt protect my family if the need ever arises. He has never became aggressive toward my children or myself. From the time he came home we made sure to get on top of any undesirable behaviors, as he is a giant boy and I want to be sure he and my family both are safe and happy.