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Dogs playing together

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by rona, May 12, 2010.


  1. rona

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    Do you think that different types of dogs get confused about the way other types play?
    For instance, if you have a retriever breed, would it find a dash past Greyhound a bit disconcerting, or be put off by the terriers need to vocalize when playing?
    I just think that this could be the cause of friction between dogs sometimes, just a misinterpretation of signals.
     
  2. Nicky10

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    Definately some breeds might see the bully type play wrestling and body slamming as aggressive for example whereas they just trying to be friendly or be put off by an overly vocal dog trying to encourage them to play. The owners might be put off too
     
  3. Bearpaw

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    Interesting question,iv only labs,so they all work/play the same way but be interesting to hear from people with different breeds of dogs.
     
  4. Phoenix&Charlie'sMum

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    I find it more the owner not understanding rather than the dogs. Being a lurcher owner when mine play they growl, and show teeth, and run around like loons. I find alot of people don't understand that they are playing not trying to kill each other.

    Most people when they see my lot on the beach tell me off for letting them "fight" I then have to repeat myself to everyone that this is lurcher play!
     
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    The Vizsla style of playing seems to confuse a lot of other dogs. Vizzys tend to rear up on their back legs and "box" other dogs with their front legs.

    Otto seems to get quite confused when Alfie starts doing lurcher laps (running flat out round and round in circles) in the fields and just stands still and watches until Alfie has finished!
     
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    Toby plays rough. When he meets another breed that plays rough then they get on like a house on fire. But some breeds don't like to play rough and yes, I've found it can cause problems
     
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    Yep I get that too. Lots of people think Otto (Vizsla) is being attacked by Alfie (lurcher) even though it's Otto instigating the play.
     
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    :thumbup: I have to admit though, when we do go to the beach and its quiet then all you can hear is growls and barks! The sounds seems to travel miles!! :eek:
     
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    I agree, depending on the breed mine all act differently. Like lurchers for example. My guys love to run after them and chase them around, yet my little one gets extremely concerned around collies who try to herd her (just going around her) she will start to growl and try and back away.
     
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    Absolutely.

    My dogs have had to cope with the play styles of the foster dogs and the differing types of play are plain to see. Younger fosters seem quicker to adapt to the style of the resident dogs. One older dobie foster (I find dobies share the greys' penchant for fly-by muggings) never did adapt despite being here for some months.
     
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    I think this is one reason zeb dislikes staff types because they are vocal and over the top for him when playing, hes been attacked by staff crosses so now i think he hears their play but doesnt realise its play, so it scares him in to reacting.

    Mine growl and talk to each other but its a diffferent growl not so deep, they also dont mind a game of chase when its on their terms Bear likes it more as hes quicker, but zeb gets fed up as bear bites his bum or tail if he catches him lol
     
  12. Nellybelly

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    definitely.
    My Nelson would only play with gentle dogs. He would play very gently and remain standing throughout.

    My Bella on the other hand, she will happily roll about with any dog, and she is always the one underneath getting slobbered and filthy.

    So I think it depends on dog type but also individual character.
     
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    A friend of ours has a female Lapin koira called Viivi (likeness photo enclosed) Anteeksi en tiedä rotu nimi englaniksi? :lol: Both Zara, Oscar and Viivi, despite the massive size differences, play wonderfully together without a problem. We also think that Viivi has a crush on Oscar. :rolleyes:
    The same can be said for a female Boxer type dog (Pimu)we have often met during our wanderings in the forest and two Rhodesian Ridgebacks which we visit from time to time in the big city.
    Some dog owners plainly refuse to allow their dogs to interact naturally with other dogs or ours which is probably the reason why they're such snappy, bad tempered little bleeders! ;)

    http://cfcn.free.fr/troupeaux/lapin.jpg
     
  14. dodigna

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    I would agree and this is the advantage of having a mongrel :lol: ray totally adapts to all style of play, he loves being chased and be herded around by his BC friend, he even forgives the occasional bum nip, they also do chase, stalk (he stares like the collie when they play together), and wrestle, they do bear hugs fight and bity face and they happily swap roles, he loves being chased by the lurchers or whoever is in it, he also likes chasing, especially a flirty girl, but would never play fight with a small dog unless they are real stocky like a frenchy and they insist on it.
    He knows instantly when he meets a new lurcher that instigate him/her to chase will likely start a game and if he meets a new bully he puts a stance that instigates to be jumped on for a play fight. So he knows according to breed.

    I think Ray is this adaptable because he is a diluted mix of many.
     
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    We have a mixture of Lab/Springer/ Retrievers crosses, they all are fine playing together. At one time we had a Border Collie too, the labs etc would often look at her in total bewilderment as her idea of fun was so different to theirs!
     
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    What a lovely dog. I'd love to meet him on my walks :thumbup:
     
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    My lot often look like snappy little bleeders but its just coz they cant take most dog play.:) They tend to bark at any excitable medium/big dog coming towards them to make it back off out of a sense of survival!LOL
    Today we were approached by a gorgeous young English Pointer on our walk and my dogs were ok at first but then his feet came down in a playbow and they barked him away!! One of those feet misplaced could break a bone or cause internal injury.:( Later he came up slowly and had a quiet, non contact chase with Adam and Hannah so he is clearly a clever boy who picks up cues well.:thumbup:(oh, and found a BC to zoom around the field with!!LOL)

    So we stick to chase games with JRT types only Im afraid!;)
     
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    Obviously some dogs are too big and rough or little and yappy and nippy - but that is because they do not know how to behave round other dogs. A well socialised dog of any breed will play together even if they do have different styles of playing. Candy was playing with her retriever friend at the weekend and though Lady could have hurt her at any time they played wonderfully well and then collapsed in an exhausted heap. She has been to play with some poodle friends today and they played in the same way if slightly less exuberantly.
     
  19. dodigna

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    I agree, dogs learn to read each other clues and adapt. Ray plays heavy chase with a miniature yorky and has never hurt her, he could though easily, she is tiny. A bit of monitoring to ensure he wouldn't get ott and the little girl giving huge yelps whenever is was to close for comfort, he has learnt her safety distance and she has got more and more confident. Having said that I would not allow him to play like that with any tiny dog like this one,not until they have met several times and built up an understanding.

    Of course some breeds of dogs could get a rush of play drive when chasing a tiny dog, but f the dogs are well acquainted the "prey" should be able to stop the game before the chaser gets over the "dark side". Again, all down to dogs being able to read each other and communicate.
     
  20. dodigna

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    ermm, let's say he has his moments. He indeed has a dark side, too :lol: But with dogs he knows well he is a little star.

    I see you have a bull lurcher! I would love to meet one in the flesh, are they as amazing as I hear? There are so many in rescue at the moment and as lurcher is my choice of dog number two, maybe a bull lurcher might be a good match.

    Ray's fav dogs are lurcher, always! No idea what he would make of a bull mix though.
     
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