|Barked: Tue Mar 27, '12 7:06pm PST |
|Walking Moose today, I bumped into a neighbor and his 2 yr old Boxer. She's only about 45 lbs and a sweet heart.
We let the pups play as they were on the lawn we were standing near.
Moose doesn't have a rough play style. Mostly he likes to chase, lick lips and then lay down on the ground and play from there by whacking other dogs with his giant paws.
Well, this Boxer has a very rough style of play. Lots of jumping on Moose and lots of growling. The growling was obviously play, but man, it sounded as if she was attacking him.
She looks as if she's going to bite, but then closes her mouth and muzzle wrestle. Cute, but way more intensity than I like.
At one point she got super worked up and that muzzle wrestling turned into biting. Nothing hard, but she was starting to play too rough for my liking and her growling and aggressive play style got super amped up.
I stopped play and finished my conversation and went home.
I don't want Moose playing with dogs that play like that. Is that something I should keep Moose from? My fear is Moose will learn this play behavior and no way, no how do I want him to play like that. Especially once he's full grown.
He out weighed the Boxer by a good 30lbs and she was definitely the one dictating the play style.
If I can help it, I'll keep him from playing with dogs that rough. Am I wasting energy worrying this?
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