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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-15-2012, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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puppy play question

Do most young German Shepherd puppies (around 4 months) know to be gentle when playing with a tiny toy dog?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-15-2012, 11:23 AM
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And I don't think mine still understands it. He thinks he's a 10 lb puppy.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-15-2012, 11:25 AM
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Not mine. She can play rough with my 9 lbs adult dog. She is learning that rough = no play so is getting better about it. I had caught her grabbing the little dog before and after a severe scolding and putting away in the crate I never seen her do it again. When she swings her forearms from time to time like a lunatic at the little dog I also tell her to stop. I've to teach her touching the little dog in certain ways are just not acceptable. I think if the puppy is rough it can be taught how to be gentle and can grow into a gentle giant. =)
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About a month ago at the dog park, an extremely tiny dog approached our then 4 month old German Shepherd puppy Xena wanting to play. We assumed the worst and rushed to the rescue, only to learn there was no reason for concern. When Xena saw how tiny the other dog was, she laid down in front of it and let it bat her face with its paws and responded by nudging it with her nose. We were surprised at her reaction but I thought it might be typical since German Shepherds are highly intelligent.
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Yeah we thought so too. But I assumed since German Shepherds are smart, her response was typical. Apparently, it wasn't....which doesn't make it any less sweet. I'm proud of her.
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Delgado was raised around cats so his prey drive for smaller things has been negated mostly which I appreciate since he lives with my 11 lb poodle and two cats. He sometimes forgets but Jazzy will growl and he'll back away or the cats jump away from him so he's learned quickly if he wants to play with them he has to be gentle

He plays much differently with more boisterous larger dogs

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Yeah we thought so too. But I assumed since German Shepherds are smart, her response was typical. Apparently, it wasn't....which doesn't make it any less sweet. I'm proud of her.
It's sweeter!
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I have toy poodles from 3-6 lbs..and cats. Tazor is in no way a mean dog but he does get too rough and over excited for his size with the little ones.. I expected this and supervise him. The one thing he does with both cats and dogs is mouth them causing their entire heads to disappear . He doesn't clamp down..obviously or i would have posted a ...My dog ate all my other pets...thread. But..he is 8 months now and I am still correcting this..

He is gentle ..except with his big @ss paws..that seems tge equivelant of a telephone pole falling on your head. The poodles are screaming meemees ...and drama queens...and all I can say is this is an annoying mix.. anyone want a lil poodle??? Lol

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