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Old 08-15-2014, 12:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Two hopefully easy questions about my 4 month old pup.

My first question is, is there a age in which rough play (play fighting) should be discouraged? I read a few places that by 4 months it was time to start getting them after non-living play mates. Odin seems to be moving that way a bit on his own because we praise him for playing with his toys or safe 'improvised' toys (he LOVES sticks from the yard for chewing) and he gets no praise from playing with Ein, our Corgi. I think it would take very little to get him to stop harassing Ein to play since she only really tolerates, definitely not an enjoyment thing for her.

My second question, is Odin strange? At four months he's pretty laid back. I'm used to pups being wild hell bringers for the first year but Odin is very relaxed. He gets zoomies and lives to shake, toss and chase his toys and he loves to run in the yard but he also prefers to spend time cuddling with us when we are home and laying around. He brings one toy at a time out of his crate to play with or sometimes lays in his crate. I would say 70% lazing 30% playing.
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Two hopefully easy questions about my 4 month old pup.

My boy was the same way. But when he has energy watch out lol. I think you should intervene when you think it's too rough. Also throughout play you should separate them and then let it resume. You don't what them to associate you splitting up the party and fun ending with your intervening. Exert dog is different and the dynamic can change. Never leave them alone unsupervised no matter how old. Growth spurts can also slow pups down.

Does your corgie correct your puppy? Or just try to remove herself from the situation? It's good to get a handle on it now before your pup is bigger.


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Old 08-16-2014, 05:03 AM   #3 (permalink)
 

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Ein does what she can to correct but considering she can stand under him it's not easy. She does yelp which stops him. She also frequently gets away onto small places he can't easily access. The getting a handle before he gets large is the exact reason I'm wondering if it should be an eliminated behavior now before he gets to much larger.

My idea is every time he starts to play fight just say Odin uh uh (which he already responds to very well) and then in a happy voice say here Odin and toss him an appropriate toy, same as teaching a pup what is and isn't ok to chew up. Then hopefully he would eventually stop trying to use Ein to play.
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Two hopefully easy questions about my 4 month old pup.

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My idea is every time he starts to play fight just say Odin uh uh (which he already responds to very well) and then in a happy voice say here Odin and toss him an appropriate toy, same as teaching a pup what is and isn't ok to chew up. Then hopefully he would eventually stop trying to use Ein to play.

That is exactly what I had to do with my girl! Once in a while I still have to do that when she is bugging my boy, it works great though. I find that she bothers him more when she needs more exercise, so keeping her walks and flirt pole sessions on schedule helps a ton.
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