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Play styles of different breeds
I just found this on my iPhone....took it a while back at a local dog park and meant to share it.
I find the information overall on target. The breed type not mentioned is huskies and similar northern spitz dogs. There are quite a few here. I find they tend to be very fast and agile, and like to grab from the back of the neck. when Tucker's playing with his Husky friend Chloe, she grabs him from behind and flips him over or chases him from one end of the park to the other. When he's playing with his friend Lucy (boxer), she boxes him and puts her arms around him, and sometimes sits on him, all the while making horrendous snappy snarling sounds. And Tucker is doing "bitey-face" to both. But it's all play.
Being sort of a dog park mama, I've practiced watching the different dogs closely and learned their play styles. Much is individual to the dog, but a lot comes from the genetics. Knowing the different play styles has helped me tell (for the most part) what is play and what isn't and might escalate.
Just thought I'd share...