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Normal play?

I've never had a puppy and an older dog together before, so I just wanted to get some input about what "normal" play is. How rough is too rough for the older dog to be on the puppy? How much "annoying puppy behavior" is appropriate and normal?

I took a video of my two playing. This is pretty much the average of how they play, sometimes they are more relaxed and just lying down and pawing each other and sometimes they get a little more rough.




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That's not even a warm up compared to how Ky and Bentley play. When my back gets to the point that I can move I'll take a video of them so you can see it. They really look like they're trying to kill each other except for the smiles on their faces
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That does not look too rough to me at all. Winston has really grown!


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Yes, they will play very rough with each other - outsiders will think they are killing each other.

My breeder did say for I think the first year to be careful of really rough play because the puppy is growing, and you don't want him hurting his joints, etc. I think it is only something you can make a call on, how rough is too rough.

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Okay, I guess I'm just not used to having two of them wrestling all the time!

And yes, Winston is growing so fast! He is five and a half months now! He weighs about 35 pounds so he is all legs!
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That's nothing, as Joyce said that's barely a warm up. They're doing just fine. You've got two very well socialized happy dogs there...not a thing to worry about!

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Sonny, the black lab, ran ahead to make sure there were no gophers or jackrabbits in the way. If you don't give a dog a specific job, he'll improvise one for himself and it will invariably be fun. There's a lesson there.

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Valerie I found this video I took with Woody "playing" with our neighbors dog..thought you might enjoy it, they're best of friends.




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Sonny, the black lab, ran ahead to make sure there were no gophers or jackrabbits in the way. If you don't give a dog a specific job, he'll improvise one for himself and it will invariably be fun. There's a lesson there.

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This looks like kissing compared to how rough Sydney is.

PS your yard looks muddy - my sympathies.

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that's how my two play on their more "mellow" days haha when cooper was younger its like Sammy knew when play time was too rough as she is usually pretty gentle with him to this day


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