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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-14-2018, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Hey kid leave me alone I don't wanna play

Piper will play with Ranger sometime, but often he gets too rough. I'v tried waiting to see if she will be one to tell the kid to cut it out, but she never growls at him only resorting to biting his cheek when he gets too demanding. She doesnt bite hard to hurt him seriously...just enough to get his attention


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Cute video. What does Piper do when he gets too rough? She seemed to be kind of enjoying it in the video, at least from what I could tell...

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog. Mark Twain

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What is it with shepherds and smashing their butts into you? I agree with Tim, she looks like she's not too bothered.
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piper does not want to be bothered lol! She is polite to. Yeah the gsd butt slam seems to be their invitation to play lol!!!!
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My little pit does the cheek bite too when he is annoyed. They play fight a lot, when one gets too rough the other let's them know. Then they either go off to their separate corners and sulk, or the offender will switch to kissing the victim's face. They seem to have pretty appropriate conflict resolution for now. Lol I do watch it closely and just don't allow it if I can't supervise somewhat. In my experience once it escalates to a real fight with two dogs, then the potential always remains. Piper is a saint They seem to be good companions. I know how she feels, I wish I could bite my kid's cheeks sometimes when they are climbing all over me when I am trying to catch 10 minutes of sitting down and chilling out lol

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Am I really the only one here who thinks this doesn't look cute or thinks that the female enjoys his antics? To me she is too soft to send him off. If she were more dominant she would have just her front teeth exposed and aggressively tell him "NO!!" and not expose all of them, which shows tension. Also the GSD is not respecting her. My first gut feeling told me to protect her. Wrong observations?

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Am I really the only one here who thinks this doesn't look cute or thinks that the female enjoys his antics? To me she is too soft to send him off. If she were more dominant she would have just her front teeth exposed and aggressively tell him "NO!!" and not expose all of them, which shows tension. Also the GSD is not respecting her. My first gut feeling told me to protect her. Wrong observations?
Watching again, yeah I'd probably intervene. There is a disparity in size with my two as well but they do keep each other in line and cues are respected.

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I do kinda feel he can be a little bit of a bully with her. She is soft. We adopted her almost three years ago from a friend of my wife's after Maverick died.

My wifes friend "shacked" up with a rancher who had cows and other dogs..none of the animals liked her and her boyfriend did not want her in the house so she spent the fall of 2014 and January 15 mostly isolated from the other animals in a kennel.

There are 4 stages of play between them.

1) She will actually move when playing with him

2) She will mostly just sit there if I am close by because she knows I will eventually save her - i dont like doing that because I want her to assert herself more and tell him dog to dog.

3) She tries to avoid or escape him

4) She bares teeth and tries to get him in the cheek. He whimpers and submits to her...for a few seconds

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Now when we got Maverick Ginger was already upset when I got married - she didnt want to share me with anybody. She never played with him. She would growl if he walked by her sometime.
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Personally, I think if you intervene you do more harm than good. Dogs are very very good at regulating each other. And whether it makes sense to us or not, from what I've seen if the older and softer dog really is bothered, she won't hesitate to communicate that VERY clearly. The thing is, if you look closely at the video she's clearly enjoying the game...

I currently have an 80 lb 1 yr old GSD and a 5 or 6 lb chi in my house...never had to intervene and they've effectively established their own structure...more often than not when I get up they're snuggled up together! Dogs do this well...people muddy the interaction for both dogs by intervening!
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