I'm really tickled pink (with purple polka-dots, as my father used to say!) - with how Henry, Gryff and Jinx are doing with their playing.
Carol - Nancy lives right down the road from me. She has a huge fenced in yard and Gryff goes over all the time to play with Henry. I have to be careful not to even say the "H" word around here or he goes nuts! Nancy came by yesterday to pick up Gryff for a playdate and he basically said sayonara to me and jumped into her car.
Delightful! How very confident of Gryff! And it's a good match to let more adult dogs play together without having to watch out for a small puppy. Actually, I'm not all that surprised, since Henry is a real star in that video; he's using gentle calming signals - one of the ones humans can find hard to see: "splitting up." That is, he gets in between Gryff and Jinx, to make certain play doesn't get too over-aroused and rough, so that a small puppy might be injured.
We can't be certain that was Henry's intent, but I've seen it often enough to believe Henry was doing something like that.
Best way to learn about calming signals is first, to get some idea of what they are and how they work. There are links to the work of Turid Rugaas, including the calming signals, here:
I suggest getting the book and DVD on calming signals. Then go and watch all the dogs (preferably, free-playing) you can, and see what you see! It does take some time of watching to learn to see them well. But what a revelation when you do see them!
And what strikes me as odd and wonderful is, WE can use them too, even though our human imitations of canine calming signals can only be very approximate -and dogs respond to our use of them! It always amazes and delights me!
It is very interesting watching the three dogs play together. They haven't really figured out how to play as a trio. It's either Gryff and Jinx or Gryff and Henry or Henry and Jinx. Gryff has started playing a bit rougher with Jinx now that he's getting bigger. I'm sure Henry will start playing more with Jinx soon too. They have only gotten together a handful of times.
Doesn't have to be every day; a few times a week should be ample. Not being there, I can't see how rough Gryff is being with Jinx, but you probably have a good eye for it. Do take more videos if you can! Video is SO helpful for us to study and learn! Besides, I love those videos!
Here at home, the funniest thing is when Gryff is on the couch and Jinx is on the floor and they are still playing with each other even though Jinx can't quite reach. After a few minutes of that, Gryff basically does a cannonball off the coach and tackles Jinx. It's really funny.
It's also really cute to see them eating the same bully stick together.
I love this! Hilarious! I'll bet Gryff uses just a bit of restraint so as not to crash too hard into Jinx; I'll be interested in your impression of that.
Eating the same bully-stick together is a sign of true love and companionship. You have a great pair of Havanese there, Ivy! I look forward to more reports, photos and videos from you - gotta get Nancy to get more of Henry, too! And of Henry and Gryff playing at her place (hint, hint, Nancy!)
Wed, 28 Mar 2012 20:32:15 (PDT)