When is it play and when is it fighting - Havanese Forum : Havanese Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-16-2012, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
Diann's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Posts: 436
Submit Photo: 3
Photo Submissions 0 Times in 0 Posts
When is it play and when is it fighting

Charlie and Lucy get along real well, I think. They chase each other and bark and growl, roll around on each other and mouth each other's mouths/ears/tails/feet, etc. My question is when I should step in and say, enough is enough. I cannot tell for sure, but sometimes it seems the growling and whinning turns from play to frustration/irritation. I'll step in and break it up, only to have the one I thought I was rescuing turn around and entice the other to start it up again.

Should I just stay out of it and let them solve any problems that may arise?
Diann is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-16-2012, 08:41 PM
Dave T
davetgabby's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Ontario Canada
Posts: 9,229
Submit Photo: 3
Photo Submissions 39 Times in 39 Posts
my bet is play fighting. Here is where learning dog body language comes in. Generally a good sign of play fighting is when they come back for more . Here is a good artlcle on this. http://dogtrainer.quickanddirtytips....-fighting.aspx

Dave and Molly
Ian Dunbar was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award from I.P.D.T.A. Here's a picture of me accepting the award on his behalf.
Member of IAABC ,International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants , Member of Pet Professional Guild
davetgabby is offline  
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-16-2012, 09:06 PM
Senior Member
Tom King's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Lake Gaston, N.C.
Posts: 2,656
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 11 Times in 11 Posts
They'll work it out.
Tom King is offline  
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-16-2012, 09:15 PM
Milo's Mom's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 633
Submit Photo: 6
Photo Submissions 0 Times in 0 Posts
You'll know when the fight gets serious.........the tone totally changes. I've experienced it many times. I'm happy to report that Brookie has mellowed, and it's a rare occasion now.

Joyce and Milo and Brook Milo signature 001.JPG
Milo's Mom is offline  
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-16-2012, 10:43 PM
Junior Member
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 22
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 0 Times in 0 Posts
I have found often with most dogs you can tell the seriousness of their intent by the lips and the set of their shoulders. When play fighting you will often see lots of teeth, but often when things go south you will see a lot of sneering or snarly lips, and their posture will change to make them look almost bowwed up, shoulders up, heads down, eyes locked on their target. These are not always signs, but can be a good indication.

Last edited by PotatoHeads; 04-16-2012 at 10:45 PM.
PotatoHeads is offline  
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-17-2012, 01:52 PM
Senior Member
Carefulove's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,530
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 8 Times in 8 Posts
Let them work it out. You'll know when is serious and even like that, one of them will stop.
The one or two times it has gotten serious here (for a second or so), all I say is Hey! or Stop! in a loud voice and both my dogs stop on their tracks. (gotta love that Mommy is Mad voice!)


Peluito's King Bumi (Bumi)

Across the Rainbow Bridge - Starborn Mi Pequeño Tesoro (Toby) - Miss you my sweet boy.

Peluito's Phoenix King (Nix)
Carefulove is offline  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-17-2012, 03:22 PM
Metrowest, MA
krandall's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 16,543
Submit Photo: 5
Photo Submissions 84 Times in 84 Posts
I was told that if you are REALLY concerned, break it up, and see if the one who seemed to be getting the worst of it goes back for more, or if they run to hide. If it was a game, they will go right back for more.

Karen, Kodi & Pixel
(ARCHMX Starborn Kodak Moment BN, PCD, NA, NAJ, CDX-CCH, RE, RL1X3, RL2X3, RL3X2... And Starborn's Picture Perfect)

krandall is online now  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Havanese Forum : Havanese Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome