What looks like 'play' is not always 'play'

We have a great example we'd like to share of what you think might be play between two dogs, which isn't actually 'play'.  Yesterday, we tested puppy and let him free 'play' with Indie. He kept jumping at her and putting 'pressure' on her. Indie kept kept moving away from the situation (moving away is respect, in human context your dog is saying "I don't want to play, leave me alone"). Leo kept jumping at her and following her putting constant pressure on her even after she clearly showed she was uninterested. I let Indie correct the puppy (twice), he didn't respond to the corrections and kept jumping at her, so Indie starts moving towards me and gives me eye contact and is circling around me. Ah HA! What does that mean? That means, she wants me to intervene and help her out. As a pack leader, it is OUR job to advocate for our dogs. Typically, if a dog corrects another dog, and the other dog doesn't move away, and if YOU don't know how to read your dog when he needs help...your dog is going to take action on its own...and it won't be pretty. (Psss - that's how dog fights happen) . Of course, I stepped in, applied a valuable correction to Leo, and he stopped immediately. Again, this was just a test, if it was to happen in real life, as soon as I see a dog putting pressure on MY dog, I would correct and not let it escalate. Dont let your dogs down. Learn how to read your dog, know when he is asking for help, because if you don't, your dog will lose trust in you and it will be hard to re-build the relationship. 

Lise LoComment