Don’t mistake your dogs play behavior for dominance or alpha behavior.
To often we make the mistake of misinterpreting our dogs playing for something else. It is entirely normal for a dog or puppy that is trying to get us to play with them to growl, bark, show his teeth and bite us. Remember this is a dog, this is how they play with each other. Not only don’t they have a clue that some of us don’t like that. They don’t know how to play any other way. Our dog is not going to think to themselves, OK they are humans, “Let me get the Monopoly game” this is a dog. Every year millions of happy dogs, that where attempting to play with their people get abandoned and euthanized, because the dog owners thought the dog was becoming dominant.
For those of us with small children, it’s relatively common place for a little kid to bite or hit their brothers or sisters. We teach them not to do that because that’s unacceptable behavior, then we say play nice. For those of us that can tell the difference between our dogs normal play behavior, and what is not. We can tell our dogs a million times that we don’t like that behavior. But guess what they don’t speak English, so their never going to get it unless we learn to speak their language.
So please remember, unless taught differently our dog will growl, bark, show his teeth and bite us, ( called mouthing) when attempting to play with us. If you are not sure what your dog is doing, hire a dog trainer to tell you if your dog is playing. ( Hopefully you find a trainer that actually knows something). Or you can make a video of your dog displaying the behavior, upload it to youtube or something like that and send me the link to it. I’ll be more than happy to tell you what your dog is doing.
The Spirit Dog
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