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arctic 09-01-2014 02:10 AM

Puppy desire to play chase and wrestle
 
My GSD is 6 months old right now and basically wants to play chase and wrestle with every dog she encounters at the dog park.

Of course, not every dog wants to play back with her in this way.

She seems to do best with more athletic breeds or at least those that are happy to play chase with her.

I actually really like this because it gives her the type of full-on exercise I can't provide -- or I'm too lazy to provide :-)

How long will this last? In other words, do GSDs STOP wanting to play with other dogs (run away, chase, wrestle) when they hit a certain age?

HarleyTheGSD 09-01-2014 02:36 AM

I think it all depends on the dog. Some don't like playing with other dogs at all. I have two male GSDs. One 2 year old and one 5 year old. They don't often interact with any dogs, other than each other. The 5 year old doesn't like to play. He did when he was younger. He seemed to grow bored with it when he reached 4-5 years.

d4mmo 09-01-2014 03:21 AM

My pups the same. He goes mental when he sees another dog. Will wrestle and chase until he drops. He also plays rough and will bully other dogs.
His slowly getting better, his almost 8 months old now. Obedience classes have been my savior by teaching him to listen with with distractions.

MaggieRoseLee 09-01-2014 08:49 AM

It usually slows a bit as they get older. Also you have to watch it because as our pups get bigger and stronger OTHER dogs don't always enjoy the rough play as much :)

DOG CLASSES are a great way to put yourself more in the picture to engage with your pup. It's nice to have our dogs exercise without us, but we are losing a TRAINING opportunity to teach our pups to love to be with us and engage with US and instead be learning we are boring poop heads and all the excitement and fun in the world is from OTHER dogs...

You see this stuff yet? http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...s-puppies.html

Specially the 'engagment' stuff.

d4mmo 09-01-2014 01:55 PM

Iv actually been looking for some tips on engagement training. In my opinion the most underlooked aspect of training by newbies.
Thanks for the link

arctic 09-01-2014 03:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MaggieRoseLee (Post 5972169)
It usually slows a bit as they get older. Also you have to watch it because as our pups get bigger and stronger OTHER dogs don't always enjoy the rough play as much :)

DOG CLASSES are a great way to put yourself more in the picture to engage with your pup. It's nice to have our dogs exercise without us, but we are losing a TRAINING opportunity to teach our pups to love to be with us and engage with US and instead be learning we are boring poop heads and all the excitement and fun in the world is from OTHER dogs...

You see this stuff yet? http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...s-puppies.html

Specially the 'engagment' stuff.

I've basically just trained her on my own so far (basic obedience and fetch, bit of chasing, tug, etc. for reward).

I live in Europe so the local language is something I haven't picked up yet, so had to train on my own so far. I also give her to a private trainer for 1-2 day periods (especially when I have to travel), since she has 2 dogs of her own and takes her on long walks in the forest for exercise.

Today at the dog park was kind of wild. One really jealous dog barked non-stop. Another little vicious dog tried to bite any dog that would get close. And then the owner started beating his dog for being vicious. I may have to limit her time at the dog park after today's drama.


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