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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-06-2007, 06:01 AM Thread Starter
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puppy roughhousing???

Riley is home now! Pics will be posted soon - I don't have the right cord for my camera!

I know that dogs like to wrestle and roughhouse, but when do I intervene? They both growl - it seems like play growling, like neither one is mad. They also bite at eachother's necks and faces - I'm sure this is normal behavior, but how much is too much? How do I know if we should stop it or let them keep going?


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Each time I brought a puppy home, I thought about the same questions. I honestly found that just letting them go is fine. If the puppy or oder dog is too rough, the pup will squeel and the older one will normally back off. Of course until you supervise for a while, you will get an idea as to when each dog has "hit their limit" Usually once I see one coming to sit next to me, they are done & sometimes I have to tell the others to stop. Just keep an eye on it but they will tell each other when they have gone too far. My guys still do it to this day!
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If a stranger was watching my dogs play, they would think they were going to tear each other apart. All that noise and play biting - it's scary if you don't realize what's going on. I think you get to know the noises, and if they get to be out of control, you can intervene. Sometimes Kodi gets a little rough, and Shelby will let him have it, and I just walk over and tell them to take it easy. They calm down...a little bit.


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Dreamer, who is older & heavier, is always on top wehen wrestling with Tripp. She is just faster & stronger(for now-Tripp is catching up). She does play rough(on the rare times she will play) & sometimes Tripp will cry & i wll have to tell her to back off. But i have noticed that Dreamer gets these sores on here neck & head. They look the size of Tripps teeth of nails.

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Just like with kids, you start to know what sounds are 'normal' wrestling and rough-housing and which ones are 'help mommy, it's getting too rough!'. There is a lot of gnashing and snapping of teeth here, esp. from Sammy. It's too funny once you realize this is all play.

I know when it gets out of hand when Sammy's growls are quicker and louder and Ricky is trying to get away. It's a bit scary actually, but I just shout and Sammy stops. Ricky has never gotten angry, but Sammy, all 9 lbs of him, has a bit of a temper that comes out when he's had enough or is harboring a fave toy or treat.

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Yes this is normal play behaviour especially the biting around the neck . Cosmo bit Ahnold so much in the beginning that I finally let him wear a bumper collar left over from his neutering . He wore it for almost 3 weeks total and he was happy to have it for protection until they worked a few things out .
They play together much better now - it does take time a period of adjustment . With my two it is jealousy issues Usually who can get closet to Mom .
The vet told me to let them work it out on their own . Sometimes Cosmo bites too hard so I do intervene and grab his collar and I say gentle and calm him and make him lie down for a few minutes .. The trainer told me to do this.
I have two males so there are times they do what I call the stallion they both get on their hind legs and start playing . Most of the time they play well . There are times when Ahnold will yelp or he will leave and they just stare at one another . All this is normal doggie behaviour . They love to do the neck and roll where they roll on the grass and grab each others neck ..
Cosmo is younger but he is heavier than Ahnold . Ahnold is getting stronger and he manages very well now ..
They are best friends but sometimes you wonder due to all that goes on at times
Today they are at the gromers and I find that really helps them bond - it is something about going to the groomer together and supporting one another .. .. See I got my hair cut as well kind of thing ..
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Kodfi will pull Shelb by her ear and shake her like she is a stuffed dog toy. He loves to grab her neck, and that's the place she gets matted. But, she can take everything he dishes out.


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By the way Mojito and Bruiser play, you would think they weigh 50 lbs or more. They move furniture, bark, growl and run like crazy. Once in a while the growling sounds angry. Then its time to stop them.
They bite their fur and pull each other like stuffed animals. However they have never hurt each other.

Only time I saw a bit of blood and freaked out was when they were teething. It took me awhile to figure out it was a tooth.

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Oh, I remember that stage, George!! I, too, freaked out when I took a toy out of Ricky's mouth and it had blood stains on it! For a week or more, we'd find a tooth or two somewhere on the floor. They were dropping like flies! LOL




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