When is Play too Rough?

Sep 01, 2020

This is a common question I get from my puppy clients, so today I wanted to share some info.

As we sit and watch our puppies and dogs play, it can make your heart sing, but then as they get more and more excited, things can quickly change! At this point, many don’t know what to do….will they work it out, will they simmer down, or will it turn to aggression?

Keep reading, I am going to give you 4 tips to help you know how to gauge the situation.

But first, I need to mention. Dogs that live together learn each other’s play style. They figure out how far they can push each other, and some of their moves can be perceived as dominant. When the dogs know each other, this may not escalate into a problem. However, when watching this same play with a new dog, it may not be taken kindly.

Regardless of housemates, or a new playdate, here are 4 steps to watch out for and bank your odds of success:

1. Body Placement. Are the dogs stretched out on the ground, maybe even upside...

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