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Old 01-16-2014, 07:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Kia will now approach Sabo to play, walking up to him when he's laying down and biting the back of his neck and trying to engage play. Sabo bites her legs, but it worries me that he is still getting in her nerves.

She isn't overly possessive anymore with branches and stuff. She isn't possessive over the humans, but will try to shove in if we are petting Sabo.

Cam you guys post links of your dog's playing? This way I can judge of they are Ok or not? Or trainer was supposed to come yesterday to evaluate their playing, but Kia is ina cone so we try to limit their play right now with Sabo leashed. Hes coming on Thursday now.




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Here's a couple more recent ones, they are really into chase also love to wrestle, tug and play keep away with toys.



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Ok. I see alot of teeth there too. That's what worries me is Kia shows alot of teeth and Sabo doesn't.

Here's a bad but quick video of them today

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Those videos are also kind of mild compared to how Ollie plays now, he was under a year in these but now that's he's older he plays a lot rougher and is a lot more vocal. A lot of GSD's like to play rough so I personally wouldn't worry as long as Sabo isn't harassing her. That video kind of looks like she's had enough of his antics but it's normal for them to be teethy when playing but if she's trying to get away from him like that then I'd grab his leash and give her a break, lol.
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Kia will now approach Sabo to play, walking up to him when he's laying down and biting the back of his neck and trying to engage play. Sabo bites her legs, but it worries me that he is still getting in her nerves.
That sounds like Kia is getting on Sabo's nerves. He's resting and she tries to initiate 'play'.

She bites his neck, a more dominant move than him biting her legs.

Different people have different ideas on what 'play' is in dogs. I think it is not play but sizing up and establishing roles of dominance or submission in different situations.

It is natural for them to have this game and it's is healthy in the right time and place. I ask my dogs to be calm in the house and allow them play outside on walks within reason.

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She isn't possessive over the humans, but will try to shove in if we are petting Sabo.
Shoving in is still not allowing Sabo have his rubs. Every one should get there rubs in peace.
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Yea from the video it is Sabo starting it.

Looks pretty innocent though. Still Indoors I'd stop him starting like that and let them go for it outside if it is equal enough.
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Here's a couple more recent ones, they are really into chase also love to wrestle, tug and play keep away with toys.

Sam and Ollie playing at the beach! - YouTube


GoPro goes to the beach with the pups! - YouTube
These videos remind me of ours....we have a small section of yard that is more garden type, in the winter it is empty, but spring and sumer full....in the winter...they use it like a race track.



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Yea from the video it is Sabo starting it.

Looks pretty innocent though. Still Indoors I'd stop him starting like that and let them go for it outside if it is equal enough.
Fair point, I don't generally let my big dogs rough play in the house and they seem to just play better and get along better in the larger space of the backyard... I've seen more tiffs happen from playing indoors. Of course this will vary by pack.
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I know ours is play....they have a routine...they stare each other down, bow, chase, grab at necks and legs...especially back legs, run around the love seat, dart under the coffee table...the videos are darker...they do this around 4:45-5:00am....:-) Great way to start the morning....every morning.
I can't tell you if this appropriate behavior or normal but it is very normal for our household. I will try and find video of Millie pouncing on miles....I will have to see if my daughters have video in their phones.
http://youtu.be/7B3nTEW7T0M
http://youtu.be/rIG9XpmBN7g



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I will say....when miles is tired he makes a very different sound and Millie walks away and lays down. They do not harass each other and seem to respect boundaries when one or the other is finished playing.


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