|Barked: Sun Jan 2, '11 1:22pm PST |
|Most of you know Trigger isn't real fond of other dogs lol, I suppose that's putting it lightly.
For whatever reason however he and pupper Hoyt are getting along famously. He's been extremely tolerant of Hoyt getting in his face, of his puppy nips, of him jumping all over him etc. And actually, for the first time in his life (that I've seen) Trigger is actually TRYING to and ENJOYING playing with another dog. He does play bows and races around and they tussle sweetly. I think he actually LIKES him lol, WOOHOOO!!! For that I am infinitely grateful as obviously there was initial concern that the two would ever be able to cohabitate peacefully.
My ONLY concern, and actually it's more SO's than mine, is that when they're playing Hoyt will roll over (on his own accord) right between Trig's front legs and bite at his face (playfully), which usually "inspires?" Trig to bite at his face and neck. Trigger's mouth being gigantic compared to pup he'll often times put his entire mouth around Hoyts neck, and he can get much of Hoyts snoot and head in his mouth. He never bites down, just sort of mouths around it quite a bit. It all seems very controlled and for the most part calm in nature, but SO is concerned that it's something that'll escalate as they're playing rougher and rougher each day. It'll go on for a good 5-10 minutes gently and then Hoyt will start to get a little feisty biting back and growling. Trig typically ends up over stimulated over the ordeal and it turns pretty wrestle-y, but again, still in a gentle controlled way. Sometimes if they catch each other in the wrong spot one or the other will give a yip and retreat, they always back off each other then for a few minutes and resume play calmer.
To me it seems they both have good bite inhibition, and reasonable respectful restraint, but I need reassurance. With Trigger having the drive and attitude towards most dogs he does neither one of us want this play to escalate into something else later on. We certainly don't want to continue allowing it if it could cause problems down the road.
On another similar note, Hoyt does the same thing Trigger does, but with Cooper, him being the neck mouther. I DO have concern there as he seems to have zero respect for Coopers limits. I do have to separate them regularly as Hoyt tends to get pretty pushy grabbing Coopers neck wrinkles, even going so far as to try to drag him around. He does hurt him sometimes and Coopers yips don't seem to concern him much, certainly doesn't cause him to back off any. Neither do my protests, he gets that into it. I fear that in regards to that pairing it's almost becoming a prey drive issue...Fynny is a lot faster than Cooper so he doesn't have to deal with it as much but there's going to come a point when Hoyt will catch up speed wise. He definitely gets more amped up once they get running around him.
I don't want to punish him for it, but it's got to stop. The bigger he gets the more concern I have he's going to hurt either one of the littles one of these days. Cooper being the good sport he is refuses to correct him himself.
So my questions would be, is what Trig and Hoyt are doing just fine as far as their play goes? With Trig mouthing his neck and head the way he does?
And how do I help Hoyt to learn to not play so rough with the littles?
Much thanks for any suggestions/advice!!!
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