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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-01-2017, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
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As most of you know, I have only had two dogs and only one of those is a shepherd. I have watched the below video a number of times and would be interested in feedback from people with more experience. I know people say that shepherds can play rough and I also have heard about "puppy passes." Even though the dog in this video never hurts the puppy, and he certainly had the ability if he wanted to, those big teeth coming at that little puppy is unnerving to me. When you see an adult dog and puppy "playing" like this, how do you know he is not going to hurt the puppy? Would you be pretty blase if this was happening in your home? Would you have intervened in this instance and, if so when?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-01-2017, 03:48 PM
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Lol if they were mine that wouldnt concern me at all..... Thats pretty tame compared to mine...
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-01-2017, 03:49 PM
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Older dogs body language is relaxed. Doesnt look like he's really all that bothered by it to me.....
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-01-2017, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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OK, thanks! I kind of thought that was what people would say, yet another reason why I don't need more than one dog.
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Completely sweet and harmless. Looks somewhat worrysome with the flash of fangs and wrinkled nose, but that is all in play.
Very gentle older dog, playing completely appropriately. Puppy is giving appropriate calming signals to keep things at a level he is comfortable with (watch for the looking away, the flash of a tongue sticking out.)

Gryff and Keeta would play like this (I call it mouth wrestling), for many years, even after Gryffon got well past the puppy stage.

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Looks just like how I taught my pups to learn some bite inhibition.......

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Looks just like how I taught my pups to learn some bite inhibition.......

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I'm pretty sure, from the sounds I'm hearing, that the same thing is going on in my hallway with Russ and Scarlet at this very moment, lol. That video shows pretty normal behavior with a baby puppy around my house.
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Bite face! Yes, all those teeth look alarming, but look at the body language of both of them. The adult dog remains laying down to play with the puppy, and at no point does the puppy appear afraid of the adult dog or attempt to get away from it. If the puppy was truly bothering the adult to the point where it had had enough, the adult could simply jump off the couch and walk away. Both of them are clearly enjoying the interaction, so I wouldn't be concerned, although I would keep an eye on them if they were my dogs.

I don't just watch though, I also listen. When my dogs have pushed each other a bit too far, there's a distinct change in tone and that's when I step in and break it up, redirecting their attention to me.

Halo is not a little puppy in this video, she's just over a year old, but I could see how this might look light fighting to someone who wasn't used to how dogs play:


Oh, the growling and snapping of teeth!
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LOL, why do they always want to wrestle when I'm trying to watch TV?! Mine get SO loud.

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