Does your bark, lunge, or at other dogs? What happens when you are out for a walk? can be a problem if you do not react on time. It is one of the main reasons owners look for a for help. But do not freak out at every barking.
Today, we will talk about the difference between and play . Reactive can lead to and aggressive interaction. But we know that puppies love to play, and sometimes, when they play, they bark and bite each other.
It is important to understand that your might play, yet still, show . Learn how to recognize it and prevent it from becoming a bigger problem.
Understanding Body Language
First, we need to start with understanding the overall body posture and body movement of your . And with that in mind, let’s start from the beginning.
Dogs show facial and body movements to initiate play. Sometimes, barking and dog or play and a dog barking because of aggression. are involved. But there is a difference between a barking
Playful has a body movement that is loose and wiggly. There is lots of movement and brief pauses during play.
On the other hand, an seems stiff, moves slowly, or keeps moving away from the other . These are social signs and social interactions that show your is not interested in play.
How to recognize the play session is over? That is when your looks away, sniffs, scratches, or lies down.
Then there is the fearful . This will lean away, lean back, tremble, crouch, or lower his body and roll into his side or back. Do not force or push your to play if he is not interested. With that in mind, an extremely fearful might even freeze completely or try to escape the play session. is a real thing, and you should be aware of it.
Dogs that display look large, stand with their head raised above their shoulders, and their overall body language is tense.
And if you want a better sign, during play , dogs and bare their teeth during a game. It might look scary from a far, but it is actually how they play. In , there is no play and you need to manage it. In play , your ‘s is triggered by the excitement of the game and the movement of the person, , or toy involved in the game.
We said before that play is . Dogs use it when playing with each other. They also use it when playing with a or with their human. For example, Milo loves nipping when we play.
But it is crucial that you manage play . Otherwise, it might lead to and towards other dogs. If your bites too hard, the other will not want to play. And it might result in a conflict.
The best way to manage written an article about it before. is by teaching your . I’ve
But let’s go over the basic premises again. The trick is to show your bites too hard while playing, stop the game and walk away. Then, resume playing, hoping your bites gentler. the level of the bite he can use. Simply said, if your
Always aim for a below threshold . This way, your will bite during play, but it will never cause an injury or problem to the other .
You can stimulate play in a controlled environment at home. You can play either with a toy or by using your hands. Most importantly, teach your to stop on command.
How to Reduce the Risk of
Let’s finish off the article by talking about how to reduce the risk of your PUNISHMENT METHODS HAVE WORSEN . That is why you should never use punishment. There are other ways to change or discipline your . becoming aggressive. First and foremost, we have to mention that
I firmly believe in . That means do not punish your . Instead, revert to something else. Here are some ways to reduce the risk of an .
This is the most common technique I use it to correct a . You can do it by carrying a toy your loves. Transfer his attention to the , and your will play with you instead of barking and howling at other dogs.
You should never ignore good . If your is calm around dogs, praise it and give treats. Reward you want your to exhibit.
Let’s be honest about something. Your socialization can help your act normal around other dogs. might not like all dogs. It is just not normal. We do not love all people right? But
However, when you socialize your dog, be careful not to socialize it with reactive dogs, unfamiliar dogs, and puppies exhibiting aggressive tendencies.
Schedule play-in sessions with owners in your area that have a well-behaved .
Provide mental stimulation
An exhausted happy . That is a rule I like to live by. What does it mean? Well, besides physical exercise, you should provide mental stimulation for your pup as well. This means lots of toys like Kong, puzzle toys, and learning tricks and commands with your . is a