how to play nice?
Hi, my name is Don and I have a 4 month old GSD puppy named Ace. He is full of energy and loves to play. Im having a problem getting him to play nice with smaller breed dogs. My parents have a miniature schnauzer who is 5 yrs old and she plays back but puts him in his place when he goes to far by giving him a good nip on the lip or ear etc. But my girlfriend has a 3 yr old spaniel that wont put him in his place. So he paws and bites at the ears and legs and tail. I know its just puppy play and not aggression so we try to get him away but he always returns to get in her face. How can i get him to understand that biting her is wrong and he need to play nice?
Well, I would first suggest that you find a more appropriate play mate for your puppy ... another GSD puppy in the area? (I am NOT advising you to get another one!)
Or another "big" dog puppy in the area? GSDs are rough when they play, and while the min schnauzer is putting your pup in his place, the spaniel probably never will. Some dogs will "correct" and others will cower.
And of course he returns to the spaniel, in his world, it's fun. You won't get him to "understand" it's wrong, he's a puppy. It's like trying to explain to a 2 year old child that you're going to the toy store but you can't touch or buy anything!
He needs an appropriate playmate to be able to play like a puppy ... hence the suggestion of another "big dog" puppy, or another adult dog that LIKES puppies and will properly correct the puppy when he's too rough. You need to make sure that the adult dog is correcting PROPERLY and not being a bully to your puppy.
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