Green’s Dictionary of Slang

dog around v.

[dog v.1 ]

1. (US campus) to neglect one’s academic work.

[US]G. Underwood ‘Razorback Sl.’ in AS L:1/2 58: dog around vi Neglect or take academic responsibilities lightly.

2. (orig. US) to follow.

[US]Jan Garber [song title] If You Don’t Want Me Stop Doggin’ Me Around.
[US]Mezzrow & Wolfe Really the Blues 200: Regular as clockwork that bass showed up in each town on our itinerary [...] dogging us around just one day late.

3. (US black) to nag, to abuse verbally.

[US]Louise Ross ‘No Home Blues’ [lyrics] You are the meanest man I ever seen. / You beat me, you kicked me, and dogged me ’round.
[US]Ida Cox ‘Give Me a Break Blues’ [lyrics] Give me a break, Papa / Don’t throw your sweet mama down. / You’ve treated me so mean, / Ain’t you tired of doggin’ me round?
[US]Will Batts ‘Country Woman Blues’ [lyrics] I’ve got two women stays in town / Reason I can visit so careful ’cause ne’er ’un don’t dog me around.
[US]Ida Cox ‘Take Him Off My Mind’ [lyrics] It’s all about my man, who has always kicked and dogged me around.
[US]S. Ace Stand On It (1979) 30: Don’t dog me around, Ace.

4. to abuse emotionally, esp. by sexual infidelity.

[US]Howlin’ Wolf ‘How Many More Years’ [lyrics] How many more years I got to let you dog me around.
J.J. Cale ‘What Do You Expect’ [lyrics] on Shades [album] Well, I quit my high living just for you / Made you number one while I was number two / Set the weight of a hangman, to keep you satisfied / Times you dogged around on me and lied, lied, lied.
[US]R. Price Breaks 136: ‘We’ve been separated before but . . .’ [...] ‘She couldn’t take your doggin’ around?’.
[US]Simon & Burns ‘All Prologue’ Wire ser. 2 ep. 6 [TV script] It wasn’t me not to drink or dog around either.