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01-16-2014 09:59 PM
erfunhouse More animated? No!!!!! Lol. I'm just barely comfortable with what they do now. Lol!!!

The only reason they have collars on right now is becausei need to be able to seperate easily if it gets too intense. I am like a Hawk with them though. If they are outside, I am outside. If they are inside I'm right with them, terrified of the collars causing an issue; they will have to have them on though until I know they can end their play amicably and on their own.

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01-16-2014 09:56 PM
LifeofRiley I just want to add that, in the story I shared, both dogs were wearing flat collars.
01-16-2014 09:19 PM
Originally Posted by Baillif View Post
Super tame. If you are worried about that you'd be horrified at how some of our sport dogs play. The only note I'd make is don't allow dogs to play with prong collars on or cones of shame. You don't even want them playing with collars that have metal in them because they might break teeth or get caught up in them and cause injury.
Yes, be prepared for a lot more animated play between the two of them once the cone is off and they become more comfortable with each other!

Bailiff brings up a good point re: collars. I remember when I first started browsing this forum there was a thread about the dangers of keeping collars on while the dogs are at home. At the time, I discounted that advice… I had never had problems with my last dog (a probably GSD multimix) and foster dogs… so, I thought, these people must just be super over-protective and paranoid!

But, after adopting a GSD and then fostering other GSDs, I started to understand where their concern was coming from… but, I still thought it was extreme to remove their collars.

I will never forget the night that the wisdom of that advice became crystal clear. My dog and a GSD foster dog were playing when, all of a sudden, there was screeching from both my dog and the foster dog. John and I ran over to them and, sure enough, Riley had gotten his jaw stuck in the foster dog’s collar. Thank goodness I had a ‘quick release’ collar on the foster.

After that experience, anytime I have a GSD foster I take my dog’s collar off and only put a quick release collar on the foster. I also started to remove the foster dog’s collar before crating him/her for the day as that was another concern raised on the thread I referenced earlier. I don't crate my dog so that is not a concern for him.
01-16-2014 08:46 PM
Originally Posted by erfunhouse View Post
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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Super tame. If you are worried about that you'd be horrified at how some of our sport dogs play. The only note I'd make is don't allow dogs to play with prong collars on or cones of shame. You don't even want them playing with collars that have metal in them because they might break teeth or get caught up in them and cause injury.
01-16-2014 08:43 PM
erfunhouse Thanks guys, so far Kia is great around the kids no matter what.

I get nervous that kia and Sabo won't get along, and ive never had two dogs at once. When I lived in Kansas I had a great Dane and fostered for a local rescue. One rescue was a deaf boxer. One night the boxer decided he didn't like my Dane who was two years his junior and chased him into his crate attacking him. I think that is ultimately the root of my fear.

Kia has a cone because she scratched her cornea and needs to be prevented from scratching it again.

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01-16-2014 08:32 PM
llombardo Welcome home Kia Looks like they are doing great. Every now and then one if them might not feel well or feel like playing and that is okay . These two are going to be just fine. Congrats!! Why does she have a cone on?
01-16-2014 08:21 PM
LifeofRiley Looks like normal play to me.

I am actually surprised that Kia is so responsive to play with the cone on : ). I have seen some dogs become insecure with the cone on (or maybe it is really because they are concerned about their injury) and it effects their interactions with other dogs... but, Kia seemed really comfortable and relaxed in that last video.

The only thing that you have posted on this thread that would concern me a little bit was the picture of the two dogs with your daughter. Tension can quickly escalate when dogs that are still new to each other are vying for attention from their human : ) I wouldn't want to see your daughter get caught in the middle of that.

Overall, it looks like things are going really well!
01-16-2014 07:50 PM

Here's a better video of Kia actually initiating play.
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01-16-2014 07:37 PM
mcdanfam 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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01-16-2014 07:31 PM
mcdanfam 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.

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