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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-22-2016, 04:48 AM Thread Starter
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Play biting - chase biting

Hey I was just after some advice and maybe some different views on how you handled play biting with other dogs off leash. I've been advised by my trainer to never allow play biting off leash.

The thing is, that's usually what my 9 month old boy goes for straight away. If another dog shows signs of wanting to play then he is happy to chase and grab the scruff.

I don't want to ban him from playing off leash for what could take 2 years for him to stop play biting, it seems really harsh. But my trainer told me not to let him 'practise' the behaviour and eventually he'll grow out of it.

How did you guys handle it? Did you stop your pup playing with other dogs all together? Or did you use a different method?

A side note. My pup is very dog friendly he loves all dogs and has to say hi to everyone we meet (including the small ones, most are scared so I don't allow him to approach them unless they come to him) but he just has an obsession with biting. I guess I heard it's just a GSD thing, they play rough but I need to keep it in check.
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you need to find him playmates that play as he does. Labs are a good bet as are GSDs (of course) and many other herding breeds.
They tend to body slam when they play. Grab and growl and race around like idiots. If someone gets a bit too rough, play stops for a couple seconds and then resumes. You can also step in and call for a time out if it's getting too out of hand.

GSDs never outgrow playing rough. They do learn to adjust their playstyle better to their playmates but that is more a maturity thing.
I train to ignore other dogs while on leash. He isn't allowed to say hi to other dogs. I don't let my dogs play with dogs that I don't know. If we are having a playdate with smaller dogs, I tire him out a LOT before he's allowed to play with them. I watch him closely and call him over for a time out if he gets too rambunctious and starts stepping on the smaller dogs.

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Like Dainerra says,there is nothing wrong with playing with another dog that's evenly matched with him.Then intervene if things get overly rough or one sided.As long as there's no bullying or fighting allowed I don't see the problem.

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Not all GSDs play rough. When I have a GSD that does, I correct them when they do. I have seen dogs learn to play rough by allowing other dogs that do have access to them. When another dogs gets rough with mine, I remove my dogs.
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Not all GSDs play rough. When I have a GSD that does, I correct them when they do. I have seen dogs learn to play rough by allowing other dogs that do have access to them. When another dogs gets rough with mine, I remove my dogs.
the thing is "rough" is in the eye of the beholder. The videos I posted, to me, are two dogs happily playing. To others, it's much too rough and violent.
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Yes, it is subjective.

But when other people don't want your dog to play with their's because it is too rough, one might want to readjust their definition of rough play.
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the thing is "rough" is in the eye of the beholder. The videos I posted, to me, are two dogs happily playing. To others, it's much too rough and violent.
Their play looks pretty mild to me. Our two males will play similarly in our family room, outside its a whole new level.
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Yes, it is subjective.

But when other people don't want your dog to play with their's because it is too rough, one might want to readjust their definition of rough play.
The play session in the videos? do you consider that too rough? because a lot of people, especially small dog owners and "pet" people, think that it's the first shots of WWIII and freak out.

The owner of the pit in that video was convinced that Singe was going to kill their dog.
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Their play looks pretty mild to me. Our two males will play similarly in our family room, outside its a whole new level.
Yeah, I consider that to be very mild mannered. Not playing I would allow inside but quiet happy dogs having fun.

I shared it to show that people have different definitions of "rough" The pit's owners freaked out, convinced that they were fighting and that Singe, being the bigger dog, would eventually kill their dog.
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Yeah, I consider that to be very mild mannered. Not playing I would allow inside but quiet happy dogs having fun.

I shared it to show that people have different definitions of "rough" The pit's owners freaked out, convinced that they were fighting and that Singe, being the bigger dog, would eventually kill their dog.
Were they first time dog owners? i thought they paired up well, looked like fair play to me.
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