We’ve had a lot of discussions with clients lately about appropriate interactions and play between dogs. Nicole Wilde’s “Is This Play Okay?” blog has some great advice and insight about this. Nicole will be in Denver this weekend too! We’ll be in attendance to learn from this expert about topics like fearful dogs, dog-dog interaction and separation anxiety. Nicole will be speaking on these topics at Training with Grace, off 6th & Garrison in Lakewood, this Saturday and Sunday. Visit this link for more information and to register: http://trainingwithgrace.com/events/.
A woman asked me recently whether I thought the play happening between her own dogs was worrisome. She was concerned because one dog would nip at the other’s legs almost incessantly, and the behavior seemed like the genetically watered down version of how wild animals bring down prey. The dogs were about the same size and, outside of play, got along well. Without seeing video or knowing more it was impossible to give a definitive response, but my question was, “How does your other dog react?” She said the other dog didn’t seem to have a problem with it at all, and play normally continued with both parties enthusiastically involved. That, then, is the answer—it’s not a problem.
Dogs have their own individual styles, both during play and while issuing an invitation to play. While some use the traditional play bow to engage another dog, others will stand still and…
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