Ryker and Canyon enjoy wrestling each other. I like that they enjoy playing with each other, but they escalate it to being too intense. I stop it when it turns more like fighting or when I think one seems to be done with it. Should I be stopping it sooner? I have been encouraging other forms of play also (and having them have play time with me or my son one on one). I know they are puppies and puppies will be puppies, but when is it not puppies being puppies, but puppies that are being naughty? I plan to take them to puppy class, probably more for my son and me, this is all new.
Poodle mama to Ryker and Canyon
My boys, who are littermates, wrestle a lot. I let them do whatever they want until I start hearing shrill yips in addition to the usual play growling, sneezing, and snapping. The yips mean someone is getting mad. I tell them to knock it off then.
I got really lucky that the boys were able to spend a lot of time with a couple of well socialized older dogs when they were puppies. The old shepherd was very bossy, as shepherds can be, and would squelch any unseemly rough housing. The cowdog bitch, whose behavior towards adult dogs makes you realize why bitch is a term for a bad tempered female, went all maternal and would spend hours romping with the puppies. The yearling dogs would run laps, staying just close enough to tease the pups without ever getting caught.
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I used to interrupt mine when I thought it was getting too rough - with the result that they learned to play almost silently in the house so I would not spoil the fun!
Ha! Ours too! My daughter calls it "whisper-fighting", because I feel that they should have inside manners and not make a lot of racket inside. But mine wrestle a LOT; on the whole i think it's great exercise but Indy is sporting a bite mark on her lower eyelid today, so obviously it got out of hand one time that I didn't notice.
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I love "whisper fighting" -perfect description! Poppy and Sophy make little giggly whining noises, and wriggle around on their tummies, keeping it all very restrained. They never have the indoor zoomies in my house either, only at my neighbour's - but I think that is because she has carpet while I have slightly slippy hard floors.
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where doing nothing was not boring- it was peace.
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Mine wrestle a ton as well.... I used to stop them when I thought one was being too rough on the other but i realized they are having fun and both love it. If they get too loud or rambunctious inside I make them go out to play or if I here a yipe or shrill like someone got hurt accidentally I will let out a HEY! EASY! and they settle down a bit other wise I just let them be... And usually pull out my phone to take a pic or a video :-D
I let them do whatever they want until I start hearing shrill yips in addition to the usual play growling, sneezing, and snapping. The yips mean someone is getting mad. I tell them to knock it off then.
Originally Posted by Jdcollins
....... or if I here a yipe or shrill like someone got hurt accidentally I will let out a HEY! EASY! and they settle down a bit other wise I just let them be
Having had Watson and Spud as sparring partners for Tonka I've learned to completely ignore the snarls, growls and barks. That's just two dogs, each pretending to be BAAAAAAAD!! lol And that's all part of play.
It's the yelps that I pay attention to. Not necessarily separating them immediately 'coz the first yelp is usually a startle response. 'Specially with dogs who don't know each other well. It can easily mean "Hey! . . I didn't expect that! But if that's how u wanna play, let's get it on!! "
But by now I'm watching them closely and any one-sided aggression now will get them separated.
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I ask mine to stop and I give them something else to do when it gets crazy. I have found that offering each one of them the end of a rope toy will keep them entertained for a really long time as Gryphon drags the terrier across my floors. It's so nice of them to sweep up for me!
Kongs stuffed with treats, and some time out areas/beds etc are used to calm them down, I don't want too much energy in the home-that's what outside is for.
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