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  1. After I play with my dog, he tries to scratch and bite me and won't stop. What can I do to make him stop?



  1. After I play with my dog, he tries to scratch and bite me and won't stop. What can I do to make him stop?
    Thirty minutes may be too long for you to play one activity with your dog. Some dogs are very smart and like to do lots of things. The important thing is that you are together. You might want to do 15-20 minutes two times a day instead. Make a list of all the things you want to do with your dog and make a plan of things to do during your 'together' time. Do some calm things first, then play, then some more calm things. Each one might last only 5-10 minutes. For example, you might do this plan two times a day: 1. pet your dog 2. brush your dog 3. play ball with your dog 4. Go for a long walk with your dog If you save walking for after the rough stuff, it will give him a chance to calm down while he is still being active. And by the time all 4 activities are finished, your dog should be tired enough to take a break. If you are the one that is tired and he is not, put him in the yard or away from you so he won't bother you. Remember that once a dog has gotten all excited, it is hard for them to settle down, so find an activity that he likes that works for you, too. Most dogs love walks, so he should be interested. Dogs don't get 'angry', but they do get bossy. If your dog plays too rough, or grabs at you, say 'no', get up and ignore him until he has calmed down. Reward him when he is being good.
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