Learn to identify play fighting, characterized by wagging tails, alert expressions and “bowing,” and distinguish it from aggression-based fighting, characterized by fixed stares, stiff tails and tense posture. Is it ok? A little fighting is a natural part of the growing up process for dogs. A different approach is to get a spray bottle with water in it. We examine rough play between dogs. Later in life conflicts may be resolved without a knock down, drag out brawl as the dog’s have their past play to refer to giving them a pretty good idea how things would play out. When does a line get crossed between play fighting and a dog actually exhibiting aggressive behavior? Puppy play consists of chasing, pouncing, barking, growling and biting. Other than that, an older dog can also come helpful in teaching your puppy the ways to play. Puppies can play rough. For instance, tug-of-war is a popular game among dogs and puppies can learn this game by simply watching. Many pet owners mistake normal play behavior as aggression or laugh off behavior that is a warning sign for truly aggressive behavior. When your older dog wants to play, let him set the tone of the play. Although normal play can become intense, it's important to be able to distinguish normal from abnormal behavior. Unfortunately, second dogs have a habit of 'going wrong', leading owners to wonder just why this has happened when they used similar methods to raise both. Although some older dogs will play with the new puppy and enjoy it, as the older dog ages, he’s going to want less playtime and more relaxation and peace. This works best when there is only the puppy involved but you really don’t want to punish the older dog so try to shake the can in the puppy’s ear. Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by WhatWouldSidDo, Jan 12, 2013. Alfie the 10 week old lab mix playing with Charli the Retriever / Norwegian Buhund Shake the can when your puppy is aggressive to your older dog and say “No!” loudly. Signs of dog aggression include raised hackles, stiffness, snapping, or lunging. Barney the Lab and Daisy, My 4 year old Westie are play fighting the whole time they are together and it can get quite rough. For instance, tug-of-war is a popular game among dogs … Puppies assert dominance with play fighting. Crossing the Line. Raising A Puppy With An Older Dog. In the field of animal behavior, researchers often refer to social play as “play fighting” because it includes many of the behaviors seen during real fights. In general, as long as both dogs appear to be having a good time -- as evidenced by an open, relaxed "smile" or pant, a posture that leans into the action, occasional bows to the opposing dog and a frolicking or bouncy gate, there is little need to break up a play fight or worry too much about biting. Joined: Nov 17, 2012 Messages: 351 Likes Received: 4. Puppy, play fighting with older dog. WhatWouldSidDo PetForums Member. Owners often buy a puppy as their existing dog grows older, hoping it will turn out to be just as wonderful. As a general rule I let dogs work things out, but how an older dog might respond to a younger can really vary and sometimes we do need to intervene. This can be common with puppies trying to engage in play with an older dog that just wants to take a nap. We focus primarily on dog play that some might consider “inappropriate” or “not safe.” When dog play fighting is acceptable and what dogs growling while playing means. It 's important to be able to distinguish normal from abnormal behavior fighting and a dog exhibiting., play fighting and a dog actually exhibiting aggressive behavior actually exhibiting aggressive behavior it will turn out to able. 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