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Old 09-26-2012, 09:42 PM
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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...
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:04 PM
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Thats really good to have at dog parks, as I know when Poppy is in full play mode the sounds that she makes are horrendous and sound like she is being mauled when really she is having great fun, and when we were in the uk I had to say to people that she was ok and just playing rather than getting attacked! lol!
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:09 PM
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I like this! And I think it's true.

Our collie is the control freak chase player - his idea of playing is chasing, quartering, being chased, nipping at the legs/flank, jumping OVER the other dog, and pinning. <- And he thinks this is the greatest game EVER.

Our goldens have all been body slammers. Their heads and necks get all slimed and gummied up from mouthing, and they take turns flopping on the ground and biting legs while the other dog tries to play-pin.

I was talking with a friend at dog class about her mini schnauzer who has fear issues about golden retrievers after he was attacked/mauled by one. He doesn't have those issues with Jacks who both knows his size and knows how to play with little dogs since his first playmate was a min pin. So when her dog charges up and does the "I'm GOING TO ATTACK YOU" stare down, Jacks immediately exhibits play behaviors without threatening the little dog in any way. When playing with the min pin, Jacks would do a lot of pounce/pounce keep away games and actually would encourage the other dog to chase him.
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Haha that's great! I think Joey might be part boxer with his 'body slamming' moves lol! He's also big on 'boxing' up on his hind legs mouthing his buddy Blue!
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