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    Question ROUGH PLAYWhat would be the best solution to teaching my dogs to not play so roughly?

    Would anyone have a better solution than the time-out corner to help curb Abbylynn's and Leeo's desire to play so roughly. I have had dogs all my life. I have tried verbally correcting them with a stern command of "stop" and the time-out corner. They are not angry with each other. They just play too rough. And we are talking about 17.3 lbs. vs 50 lbs. I noticed last night that Abby has a little bald spot where the little one must have chewed a tiny chunk of hair off of her face. I have been through obedience school with my other dogs ( old school ) but this rough play was not a course. I have three dogs. Just the littlest one and the biggest like to mouth wrestle and pin each other down on the floor. They like to play tug-of-war with thier rope toys also. I have tried to divert them by giving them the tug rope but they are not as interested. I just would not want to see any of them get accidentally seriously injured. We are talking schnoodle vs Dobie/rott. Any better suggestions than I have please?


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    Re: ROUGH PLAYWhat would be the best solution to teaching my dogs to not play so roug

    Is the older dog not regulating the play? How old are they both? Usually the older one's will tell the puppy when they've had enough and keep her in check, however thats not always the case. I have to step in between my 3 yr old lab and my 10 mth old because he wont regulate her. I body block her and say 'enough'. I give her a few tries to calm down and if she wont, I put her on her tie-down for a few minutes til she's calm.
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    Re: ROUGH PLAYWhat would be the best solution to teaching my dogs to not play so roug

    The older dog is 5 years old and the little dog. The pup is almost 8 months old and the large dog. The little one sort of regulates because I have seen him show his teeth and growl at the big pup. That is when I break them up and seperate them until they calm down. But the little one is hyper to begin with. He sometime seems to instigate matters. Both of them are very close in personality and temperment. Your two dogs sound a little like what my two are up to. Maybe I need a different time-out. I have never actually tied anybody down. I just get between them and make one or the other sit next to me until they are calm. I think I will try the tie-down. The little one is spoiled and has a stubborn streak a mile long sometimes. (spoiled is my fault). The pup shows a little more submissiveness than the little guy. Thanks for the info!


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    Re: ROUGH PLAYWhat would be the best solution to teaching my dogs to not play so roug

    I hope they are separated when not supervised? I would take playtime as an opportunity to get a little training in. Interrupt the puppy frequently - ask for a behavior (sit/down/come - be sure you are in a position to make sure it happens) and then send back to play. I'd also be playing a lot of on/off switch games with the pup by itself - high excitement - maybe a toy on a flirt pole. then ask for behavior, when pup complies he gets to play some more. In this way, you are teaching the pup to self-regulate and switch from excitement to thoughtful, and using a return to play as Premack.

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    Re: ROUGH PLAYWhat would be the best solution to teaching my dogs to not play so roug

    Quote Originally Posted by Pawzk9 View Post
    I hope they are separated when not supervised? I would take playtime as an opportunity to get a little training in. Interrupt the puppy frequently - ask for a behavior (sit/down/come - be sure you are in a position to make sure it happens) and then send back to play. I'd also be playing a lot of on/off switch games with the pup by itself - high excitement - maybe a toy on a flirt pole. then ask for behavior, when pup complies he gets to play some more. In this way, you are teaching the pup to self-regulate and switch from excitement to thoughtful, and using a return to play as Premack.
    Great idea! I never leave the little ones alone with the big pup. I have crate trained the big pup Abbylynn. When I go outside( I take them to the potty seperately) or away say to the grocery where she cannot come along......it is in the crate for her. The two little ones are littermate brothers and almost 5 years old this August 26th. They have never seen a crate for themselves. Like I say, I am from the old school of training from 30 years ago. So much more has been discovered and I am sure the rules have changed about some aspects of training. I appreciate all the information I can get. Thank you. I will try your method and see how it works. I am aware of the dangers that could arise between the little one and the big one if not supervised. It could turn into a tragedy if not curbed now and I would be to blame for not seeking proper training. Once again thank you.


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