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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-04-2014, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the input!
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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-03-2014, 03:46 PM
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I'm so glad to have read this post. We recently got an 8-9 week puppy and he's a little firecracker. My going on 5 yr old GSD is as patient and calm as the day is long but the puppy is constantly running at her and nibbling any part of her he can get his hands on. At first he was only going for the stomach (which appeared as if he was trying to nurse) but since then loves going for the legs,face, ears etc. I know it's all puppy play, and I occasionally step in when I can see my GSD has grown tired of it but for the most part I have let them do their thing. My older GSD treats the puppy exactly as you describe (showing teeth, large open mouth, low minor growls) but has to this point only given a soft nip on the puppy's ear when it has become too much. I assumed, as I feel like I know my older dogs demeanor, that they would work it out together but my girlfriend has constantly been nervous the older dog would take it too far. It's good to see others have witnessed, experienced the same thing. I believe I will use it as a training tool as well! Thanks for the advice.
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My two work it out on their own for the most part.

Cable is a very mature 3.5 years now and would allow Allie (now 1.5) to get away with murder. Rough play sessions lasting many minutes at a time. Growling and snapping, looks and sounds awful. Cable would put a stop to it with an ear bite or a roar, now that they are older the play is more sedate and does not last as long, BUT happens more often.

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post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-03-2014, 04:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Mwelsh03 View Post
Here's a video of them playing. Too much or perfectly normal?

Gsd and puppy - YouTube
On a scale of 1 - 10, 10 being most vicious, that is more like a 4. Not even close to "rough". My 10 lbs peke mix plays with my adult GSD much "rougher."

Rough is where there are body slamming, lots of loud dog noises, bouncing off of each other, one falling on top the other, furnitures being relocated, rugs rearranged, running at top speed, ground shaking, things knocked over, you/human at risk of being endangered if they run into you. My GSD has played till she bled and she didn't even notice. The blood is likely from being nibbled too hard or as she falls to the ground and brushed against something.

You are still far in the safe zone.
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post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-05-2014, 06:23 PM
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I watch this daily with a border collie pup and an older lab. I have always been the same as in let them sort each other out, especially if they are living together. The older dog will put the puppy in line. Unless it gets horribly violent, I don't think there is anything to worry about.
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