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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-27-2012, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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I posted this on a different thread, but I wanted some of you behavior specialists to take a look.

When Gryff and his pal Henry play, Gryff will move in a circle so his butt is in Henry's face, but nothing like this.

I understand the pack leader/alpha thing. Is this what Gryff is doing? When they are playing individually, Jinx will go right up to Gryff and take whatever he is playing with right out of his mouth and Gryff totally puts up with it.

Who is going to be Alpha dog? Stay tuned.


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I have ABSOLUTELY no clue. I don't think I have ever seen that. How odd.... and funny!!!!

Maybe Gryff is trying squish Jinx. If he isn't careful, Jinx may grab onto a sensitive area. I am going to leave the interpretation up to the real professionals.

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Funny you should bring that up. Jinx keeps going underneath Gryff and it either looks like he's trying to nurse or well, something else. He's been weaned for quite some time now so I don't really know what that's all about.

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No clue here, either, though I don't believe it has anything to do with "alpha" anything. They are awfully cute playing together, though!


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It doesn't mean anything. It's most likely just some habit he developed playing keep-away when he was a puppy. They come up with all sorts of blocking and dodging moves when little puppies play. Did he have one or more littermates that were larger than he was in his litter?
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nothing significant to the butt maneuver Ivy. Probably is just Gryff's play style. Keep in mind that Jinx has puppy license right now. What you call alpha really is a misnomer. Gryff may be the top dog right now , but with adolescence things may change. Here's more on this http://www.dogstardaily.com/training/alpha-fallacy

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I don't know about Gryff's littermates. I have seen him play with other dogs but I've never seen this before. I'll tell you though, that Jinx has moxie!

Great article. Thanks for sharing.


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yeah but they will play different with puppies. He could have got scratched in the face once and is leary putting his face up to Jinx. Who knows.

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I was thinking the same thing about him not liking to be bit in the face. Another thing I noticed compared to my two is they play so quietly.

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nothing significant to the butt maneuver Ivy. Probably is just Gryff's play style. Keep in mind that Jinx has puppy license right now. What you call alpha really is a misnomer. Gryff may be the top dog right now , but with adolescence things may change. Here's more on this http://www.dogstardaily.com/training/alpha-fallacy
Dave, great article. I'm wondering what I should expect with my two dogs as Jasmine reaches adolescence. Is there any way to tell how it will go?
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