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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-05-2017, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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Yay or Nay? IPO Puppy Playing With Older Dog

I'm of two minds on this myself. Raff is twelve weeks now and doing very well in his IPO training. We also have our adopted eight year old SL girl, Lexi. She pretends to be dog aggressive. She barks and lunges at other dogs from a distance, but she's full of hot air.

Thus far, we've kept them separated and they were only talking through their crates. Not a single sign of aggression from Lexi, only mild interest. Of course, the puppy is interested in her.

I decided yesterday that they needed to meet before Raff's puppy license expired, in case an emergency came up and they had to be together. It was a rousing success. The instantly started playing. No sniffing, no posturing, just wild play. It was really nice to see my eight year old playing like that. She's a bit rough, but Raff seemed to love it that way. It was a Herculean effort to get Raff away from Lexi.

The question: should Raff be able to play with Lexi on a regular basis? I know all the traditional arguments against it, drive through confinement, needs to look to only me for fun, etc. I'm talking about short supervised play sessions, not running together all day.

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My dogs are together a lot. their crates are right next to each other.sure I will take them out for individual play. but a lot of times when we go out to play its usually all of us. we train individually and together. All of my dogs have bonded with me first and foremost over each other. But, I train them a lot so I can see how someone that does little to no training would have trouble with the dogs preferring each other over them. as far as drive. I don't see any issue with that. Sure they will go out and burn off steam. But, if I take one of them out immediately after with their tug or ball for Rosko they are just as crazy as ever. I think if a dog playing with another dog kills its drive. The drive was probably not what it should anyway. I say let them play.
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Short supervised play sessions should be fine. I do not put my pups with an older dog unsupervised until they are several months old. I do short sessions and definitely supervise them. I let my dogs together when the puppy is around 7 - 8 months old. That is me and just what I do.

I'm glad they are getting along, that is awesome.

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Short supervised play sessions should be fine. I do not put my pups with an older dog unsupervised until they are several months old. I do short sessions and definitely supervise them. I let my dogs together when the puppy is around 7 - 8 months old. That is me and just what I do.

I'm glad they are getting along, that is awesome.
Yes, I was thrilled. They skipped right over the pleasantries and got straight to playing.

That's what I'm thinking--15 minutes or so of chasing and wrestling in the back with me there, then back to being separated.
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My dogs are together a lot. their crates are right next to each other.sure I will take them out for individual play. but a lot of times when we go out to play its usually all of us. we train individually and together. All of my dogs have bonded with me first and foremost over each other. But, I train them a lot so I can see how someone that does little to no training would have trouble with the dogs preferring each other over them. as far as drive. I don't see any issue with that. Sure they will go out and burn off steam. But, if I take one of them out immediately after with their tug or ball for Rosko they are just as crazy as ever. I think if a dog playing with another dog kills its drive. The drive was probably not what it should anyway. I say let them play.
My bias is similar. Either the drive is there or it's not. Though with puppies, they can be too zonked to show much if they are overtired they just bite anything.

I'm thinking short sessions once a day, supervised is probably right for Raff.
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My puppy is outside running around with a couple of her littermates, her mom and her grandma and at other times runs around with her cousin. Unless the adult is rough it won't hurt or ruin a pup with the right stuff to do IPO. If it did I would have never titled a single dog.

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just use sense not to let the adult dog hurt him because of the size difference. Once he is grown a bit they can play more, unless the older dog gets annoyed with super energetic puppy business.

On days we go to the club, I don't let my dogs romp around the yard. They get tired. Instead I let them get a bit bored those days until it is their turn to work.
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