Our new Lab is a purebred and we checked out the breeder. Very good reviews
we have a 6 year old lab from another breeder and she is on the submissive side, but not but not easily frightened. Ronnie greets most people and dogs by rolling on her back and waiting for a belly pet. out trainer used her as an evaluator for her doggie daycare because of her temperament. she has her GGC and we use her for therapy, although she is not formerly certified.
we brought our Nora home in Oct. she was 8 weeks and they did really well and played perfectly, with play bows, reverse roles where they would trade being on their backs and life was good. whenever there were an issue and either would yelp they would both stop, settle and resume play.
as Nora got bigger she started to be over-threshold with her play and to the point where she would grab our Ronnie by the back of the neck. when Ronnie would yelp, it seemed to fuel the bad behavior and Nora would not stop. Ronnie started to just not want to play and not check her, so Nora was a bully. I would intervene, separate them and give them a timeout. we took Nora to a dog park and I kept her on leash. she played well and respected most dogs and the larger would check her and she would stop, but as she got used to some of the dogs she would start the over-threshold play and not stop… it concerned one owner and I quickly separated them.
Nora is 6 months now and I am not sure if she is just being bratty and will out grow this or not? we have friends with some younger well balanced labs and we are going to get them together – with full disclosure. My fear is that she will test the wrong dog, or a child will fuel her over-threshold play. any help is appreciated!February 25, 2020 at 12:30 pm #21986 in reply to: 6 month old Lab playing too rough and not observing checks or yelps from others
Hi – I don’t know if she’ll grow out of it, but I do know some dogs arousal levels start to increase during play.
Don’t know if this is relevant for you as our dogs were young but not puppies but we saw a vet behaviorist for two of our dogs for a different issue (aggression toward our third dog), but one of the question we asked was about their play with each other because they were pretty intense with their wrestling and growling.
We brought in a video and he evaluated it. He thought the play was okay, but suggested that before they start to get intense to bring them out of the play by calling them over, having them relax and rewarding them with treats for relaxing, and then allowing them to play after it was clear they were calm.
The trick was to call them before it got too intense, otherwise they’d ignore you. In our case, we could see the intensity rise so this worked really well for us. Also, the more we did this, the more it seemed like they kept one ear open just in case we might them over. We used treats they really liked, and also they had no food aggression issues. We had also been working on their recall and some relaxation work so that might have helped, too.February 25, 2020 at 3:19 pm #21990 in reply to: 6 month old Lab playing too rough and not observing checks or yelps from others
Thank you… I had a consult with a trainer / behaviorist and shared videos. the play is just that, very very rough. Our little one is bullying our older and our older is not checking her… at lest not checking her hard. we did a dog park and a german shepherd checked her and she backed off and tail between her legs so that was a good thing. we just have to find the correct play partner for her to learn prop[e behavior.
I am reading lots on body language and we reviewed one video and you could see our puppy getting over excited with tail up head up, but not aggressive. she then stopped and shook really hard… the trainer said that is a great sign of self regulating the energy… she then engaged in a more appropriate play with tail wagging and wagging in circles
we just have never had a dog that played this hard and full out… some do and some do not and we got our older labs when they were around a year old so the were at the end of the adolescent stage. we are going to monitor closely
The trainer said she is just a bratt and we need to address that and give her more boundaries and structure. we are currently using a positive behavior trainer and this new trainer suggested a balanced trainer and correct use of a pinch collar.AuthorPostsViewing 3 posts - 1 through 3 (of 3 total)
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