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IS THIS TYPE OF PLAY OKAY?

Zoey and Maddie have been together for almost 2mo This is the only kind of play they do together I am wondering if it is okay behavior or I should be breaking it up? I have never owned two dog's before. And Maddie is 7mo Zoey is 4mo. Will this type of play ever stop?

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It's never stopped here and it's the other dogs too and not just the Havs.. Mine play like this all the time and have never hurt each other. They race around the house play fighting numerous times a day and all the way home from the farm...tire themselves out and rest for a while. If it appeared they were hurting each other I would likely intervene but they just rough house and then sleep together. I see the coyotes and foxes doing this quite often, I think it just comes natural to canines. Waiting to see what others have to say.


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Mine acted like that in the beginning but haven't done much of that for a long time. They do occasionally play like that for a few minutes, but then stop.

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Ours play like that on and off through out the day.

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Oh MY!! You should stop that behaviour at once! Your teaching them agression.

Just kidding!! Snickers - almost 14 months old and Snoopy 8 months old play this way every day - several times a day - including playing bitey face - Which I've been told is perfectly natural too. In our case Snoopy will entice Snickers to chase her and he'll run under an arm chair, where Snickers can't get to him, then roll on his back stick his head out and wait for Snicks to attack from the seat of the chair. Goes on like this for quite long periods of time.

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Normal play. They are soft mouthed obviously or there would be yelping. Play bows are always a sign that that's what it is. No attempt at flight so that's another sign.

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Looks like perfectly normal play to me. My 73 lb male standard poodle and my 12.75 lb havanese play like this all the time. My female standard poodle runs circles around them trying to get a "bite" in and barking non-stop. My guys are a little over 6.5, 5 and 4 year 8 months. Yep, they are all still very puppy like.

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CUTE!!
Tillie plays like this with our CATS. LOL

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They look like they're having a blast to me! And even though they are several months apart in age, they look like they're pretty well matched in size.


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Thanks you guys I wont worrie any more. I cant wait for them to learn chase. They finally let me throw two balls at a time and will not fight over who gets what first. Zoey is so funny because she acts so tough with Maddie but when she is out walking or visiting she can be pretty shy. Maddie has no fear of anything. Deep down I hope Maddie is the big sister even though Zoey is going to out grow her.

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