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Rough play-should I be concerned?

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Graham

Part angel, part- devil, all dog
 
 
Barked: Sat Nov 3, '12 6:01pm PST 
Thanks everyone for your reassurance. It's strange to see them go from calm, loving friends to WWE and back again in the space of a few minutes. They do seem to be having fun so I guess it's all good. I'm glad to hear that it's normal and I can see what you mean about improving Graham's behavior with other dogs. When he first got here, he was uncomfortable with bigger dogs. We had him out and about yesterday and he was a champ with the Standard Poodle and Irish Setter we ran into. Thanks again all.
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Lobo

"Stubborn" dogs- don't need- corrections
 
 
Barked: Sat Nov 3, '12 6:30pm PST 
It took a while for me to be okay with Lobo and Poppy playing. But they're both really great dogs who give clear signals and are surprisingly respectful of one another.

Poppy usually instigates the play, and Lobo is sometimes hesitant at first, but then he'll play. Poppy, I think, sometimes mistakes Lobo's growls for more-than-play, because he has rolled over, but the second Lobo does a full body turn, Poppy's up and at it again.

The size difference is frightening, but Lobo doesn't use his teeth (mouth, yes, but he has astounding bite inhibition) so it's mostly just scary to look at or think about. Neither of them are all that vocal, either.
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