Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Melbourne, Australia
3.5-month old: too rough with other dogs?
Our 3.5-month old puppy loves playing with other dogs in parks, but I get worried that she is too rough with other dogs, especially small and/or older dogs. The moment she sees other dogs, she would get into a "down" position, looking very submissive, then as other dogs approach, she would jump and chase, getting into a very rough play mode. She does roll over on her back from time to time, but likes to chase other dogs. When she was with a large Kelpie, it went well as the other dog was very active and could match up to her energy, but this doesn't go well with quieter dogs.
This is the first dog (and certainly first puppy) we have, and we are not sure whether this is normal behaviour. Shall we hold her back from playing too rough? Would older dogs teach her what's appropriate play?