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Puppy behaviour... do they just grow out of it ?

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by diefenbaker, May 3, 2011.


  1. diefenbaker

    diefenbaker PetForums Modmin

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    I suppose that seems like a silly question. Dief as an 8 month GSD/Mal cross.. he seems to have this one special girlfriend.. they do all the mouthy stuff.. you pin me.. I'll pin you... it's sometimes like the beach scene on from Here to Eternity. Will he just grow out of this at teenagerdom kicks in ?
     
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    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

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    Im not familiar with how GSDs play, but the playing you describe deffinately sounds like a malamute/Siberian thing, mine play like it all the time. Nanuq has a Siberian boy friend and when they are let off to play in an enclosed area thats exactly what they do, other breed owners tend to cringe abit.
    Mine tend to play like that with their own type and breeds who play in the same sort of rough way, but with other types of breeds play entirely different.
    Nans also in love with a pug, and with him and other small dogs lays down to play and plays entirely different. My youngest are 5 and 2 and 3months and they still play like it given the chance.
     
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    Plenty of dogs who are friends and played as puppies go on doing so.

    Does it bother you? Healthy play is good exercise and fun, both for dogs and to watch.
     
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    diefenbaker PetForums Modmin

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    No, I'm not bothered by it... apart from that they're completely deaf while doing it and hare around like lunatics in the woods. That part is potentially worrying.. I've seen him "crash" before. So that's possibly something I'd like to control more. Have him calmer in the woods... and go crazy in the field.
     
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    My RR plays like that with a lot of dogs, especially Terriers for some reason. Is it something that worried you?
     
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    I let mine play for awhile both together and with their buddies, but when it starts to go a bit OTT, stop it in between to clam them before it goes too far.
    I would start by seriously practising and upping his recall and training in general. At this sort of age they can start to go deaf and recall can go to pot anyway even if previously it was good.

    I periodically stop the play getting them to do a few sits and things with treats take a breather, them commence play again. You need to time it or recall and wind down before they get too far into it and too hyper and exciteable. Otherwise its more of a job getting them to listen and wind down.
     
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    Healthy play is self regulating with calming pauses!

    Practicing from puppyhood redirecting attention back to you regularly, after short play bursts helps them control exciteiment and not become "deaf", which has benefits for any behaviour you need to interrupt (for safety reasons).
     
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    my dog and his brother who my friend owns have always played together, they are 11 months old. they roll around and make the most ridiculous noises and tease each other, its lovely to see. sometimes it does get too loud or too crazy where they bang their heads and things but dont we just tell them thats enough and keep them away from each other, not by holding them but just distraction and body language just for a couple of minutes and they go back to being more gentle and aware that other people are there. x
     
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    My neighbour and I had puppies within a month of each other (Golden Retriever and my Irish). Both were boys and both have grown up effectively as brothers and played ferociously to start with, all the text book body languages and pinning were played out constantly.
    They are now approaching 4yrs of age and their play has whittled away to a mere odd shoulder barge or two in the park as they greet each other and that's it.
     
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