|Barked: Tue Sep 10, '13 10:29am PST |
|We adopted a Kelpie (at about 9 months old)from Indiana about a year ago. She had been abandoned in Indiana and showed up at the farm house door with collar but no identification or microchip and was not spayed. Had her spayed and then picked her up and drove her back to Virginia.
Our house is large with a basement, fenced back yard and doggie door that we leave open until the last to go to bed closes it. This Kelpie is high energy and needs walking twice a day with a lot of ball retrieving and attendance at various agility training courses offered by the county park service. If the weather is bad we play ball and tug with her in the basement.
She likes to play hard with other dogs as well as her owner. For the first couple of months hard play (tugging throwing a ball etc) would result in excited jumping and "mouthing" of the tug and my arm. The mouthing is accompanied by low level growls which seem to be more expressions of pleasure with the playing rather than aggression.
I have never been bitten but have had her teeth scrape my arm in her excitement. I found that just letting go of what ever it is she is jumping for and then getting her on her back while massaging her haunch and stomach brings her excitement level down very quickly. I am able to remove objects from her mouth (if I can catch her) with no biting and have started rubbing dog tooth paste on her teeth in attempts to get started with periodic tooth brushing.
I have noticed that she loves to mouth my hands when we play, but never clamps down to a hard bite. Also when you play tug with a kelpie keep in mind that if you pull the tug out of her mouth she will jump after the tug, so keep your face away from the tug or you could get an inadvertant bite.
We have had the Kelpie for about a year. She is very loyal and wants to be involved in whatever we are doing. She can stay by herself for several hours and does not chew up the furniture. This Kelpie is a great dog and very pretty with a dense short haired tan/red coat, black toenails, mouth and black rimmed almond eyes with eye liner extending from the outer eye which my wife call's her Liz Taylor cleopatra look!
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