Why does my older larger dog quickly roll on her back for a younger smaller pup?
I recently adopted a corgi/dachshund, she is about 13 lbs. When my much larger and 3 years older schnauzer/westie plays with our new pup, the older dog is constantly submitting herself by rolling on her back. In terms of training, should I be worried that my older and more obedient dog is losing her pack status?
on Apr 29th 2012
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Dont worry they are just playing. If the puppy goes too far the older dog will put her in her place. if she is being submissive than the puppy will be the dominant dog between the two, or maybe it could be neutral.
Carter answered on 4/29/12. Helpful? / 1
This isn't only a show of submission, it is also a friendly exhibition. Your schnauzer/westie wants the new dog to be friends! That's great! If they want another animal to feel comfortable, sometimes they'll make this posture to show that they're not going to hurt you. It's like us kneeling down, calling to a stray dog saying "come on boy, it's ok", or if she does it in a more excited way it's, "come on you wanna play!?! I really just wanna play, don't you? it's ok, I'm not gonna hurt ya see!". No worries for you, nurture that behavior in your older larger dog, and ignore the other dog if he's a little shy, you don't want to nurture the wrong behavior in the new pup. Not to mention, if the older dog is a good dog, you want them to become besties quicker so s/he can show the little guy the ropes.
Maggie Mae answered on 4/29/12. Helpful? / 1
It's a form of friendly submission, in fact. Much like your parents let you piggy back-ride.
Besides, would you like the heavier pooch on top instead ;)?
I have a kitten (6months old) that's being harassed by my 1yr JRT. Let me tell you, that they play fight every day and they both take turns on who's on the ground. Kitty is vocal, but if she never liked it, she'll scram!