|10-01-2013 12:26 PM|
|My5dogs||And this is what I have to look forward too all over again))|
|10-01-2013 10:32 AM|
|10-01-2013 10:32 AM|
This is very normal play behaviour from GSD puppies. At four months old, she still has a "puppy pass", and the adults allow her to play rough with them. The puppy pass usually expires around five to six months of age, and your adult dogs may start correcting her then. She should grow out of it on her own, but your older dogs shouldn't have to put up with it if they are not enjoying that kind of play from her.
I would do as you are doing now, keep an eye on the little one, and interrupt and redirect. Some dogs won't correct pups, even older ones - they just are non-confrontational, and don't feel comfortable telling another dog off - so keep supervising and try and stop her from harrassing the older dogs. I would also give the older dogs some 'puppy-free' time. Though she sounds like a great pup, with all the attributes one seeks in a working dog (tenacity, drive, sociability, confidence), not fair to your older dogs to have to put up with her high energy and pushy behaviour all the time.
So bottom line is: normal behaviour, not something to worry about, but you should still step in and let her know what is okay, and what is not.
|10-01-2013 08:26 AM|
What i noticed with my female pup playing with my older male dog is that she locked onto his face and neck and continued into adulthood until i stopped it. It comes down to temperaments. He would not let another dog or pup do this and she will not play with other dogs like that. She will still do it when they are running sometimes but usually lets go when i tell her.
It was worse when she was younger. I've seen her grab him by the neck and he will just hit the ground. He never fights her back.
I stopped her doing it at home in the garden by running to her and verbally warning her and giving her a shake on the neck. When this didn't seem to have so much affect i would hit her with a stone in the rump. This was good outdoors as sometimes if i ran to her she could escape. She is a big girl, and barely fells it but gets the message.
Always say off and then hopefully the off becomes the trigger to let go. You could also try a long line and give a leash pop with that when she does it.
Sometimes they will playfully chase each other and she will then play the victim and he catches her by the neck and pretends to rip her up
|10-01-2013 01:57 AM|
Typical 4 month old puppy behavior? -Latching onto adult dog's faces
My 4 month old puppy is exhibiting behavior with my two adult GSDs, a 3 year old female and a 4 year old male that I'm not so sure about.
She is a very high drive little lady. The breeder's children called her the devil puppy ;P LOL We have had her since she was 8 weeks old.
While interacting with my adult dogs she constantly licks their muzzles and then latches onto their longer hair around their face and holds on. She will hang on until I tell her "no" or call her name. Just to see how long she'll go I have watched without intervening outside and her main goal is to lick and then latch on and she will only let go when the dogs bolt away to retrieve a toy. As soon as she catches up she is back on someone's face. If we're not playing fetch and the are on an off-leash stroll she latches on and only lets go if I say "no" or call her name. She only uses the very front of her mouth and it seems like submissive behavior.
Same story inside. When she is out and about in the areas we have gated off for her (living room and kitchen) she is constantly licking and nibbling the adult dogs all over, tripping them up by winding in and out of their legs. If they lay down she is in their face rolling all over them. She does not stop. She seems obsessed with my adult dogs.
I am hoping one of the adults will give her a correction, but they really don't seem to mind. They both curl their lip back when she is rolling all over them and nibbling their faces but she ignores it completely. They eventually move away, just to be harassed all over again.
I gave my male a pig ear this evening and the puppy was all in his face. He started to growl and show teeth like I had never seen before. He did this for quite a while. The whole time, puppy didn't seem phased at all. She laid down and squirmed her way on her back, in between him and the pig ear, licking his face. My adult dog was FIERCE sounding. He never bit her, just a whole lot of noise and a big display. I separated the puppy from him three times. Puppy just comes back for more. Not so interested in the ear, just my dog's face. After the third time I put her in her crate.
The adult female's tactic is avoidance. I gave her a pig ear and she abandoned it as soon as puppy came up. I don't know if she would do the same if I wasn't present.
I'll look at my adult dogs with the puppy attached to their face and the look in their eyes says "help me". I feel so bad!
Is this normal puppy behavior she will grow out of? Or is this the start of something potentially worse?
My theory is that because of her temperament and personality (she gives everything extreme 110% ) she is just 110% silly puppy and I am hoping she will grow out of it. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!