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Old 02-03-2013, 09:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My 13 week old doberman plays very rough with my other 3 dogs (golden retriever and 2 silky terriers). Is there any way to teach them to play more gentle play. She also tends to hang off my golden retriever ears. Do they calm down as they get older or do you need to teach them to play more gently. Thanks

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Old 02-03-2013, 09:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes, of course the puppy will calm down and be more gentle with age. A stern correction from the Older Dogs will do more to calm him down than anything You can do.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree with Kansa's post but Dobes as a breed (in my experience) tend to be pretty rough players in general - something to keep in mind.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If your other dogs are not doing anything, I would intervene otherwise he may not learn. Flirt can only play as rough as the other dogs enjoy period. I taught her easysettle.
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Learn you calm it now while you can. I depended on my one year old dobiegirl to teach the 8 week old dobieboi how to play and boy did she do a number on him. She has a very high pain threshold almost impervious to pain. She will "kill a rope or a jolly ball on a rope and beat her sides until she is bruised. She let him chew on her to where her underside was covered in bites from him. Now they play so rough with each other that they can't play with hardly any others.

Teach them that when you say "enough" they are to stop and "calm" then stroke them in a very calming voice telling them good calm, nice calm like a massage.


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I agree with Kansa's post but Dobes as a breed (in my experience) tend to be pretty rough players in general - something to keep in mind.
I know several people with multi Dobermans in their family and they say when they play it is always an epic battle. I currently have a 17 week old female Doberman and a 3 year old Doberman and they really like to play. We monitor their play carefully because she still has her ears posted. I honestly can't wait for her ears to be done and watch them really play how they want to as long as we see it fit. So I do agree with Patchwork that they are rough players in general.
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they are very rough players. My two girls play to the point sometimes outsiders think they are fighting! I always watch for signs that my dominant bitch might be getting to her limit, and stop it before she hits that point.
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:49 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Learn you calm it now while you can. I depended on my one year old dobiegirl to teach the 8 week old dobieboi how to play and boy did she do a number on him. She has a very high pain threshold almost impervious to pain. She will "kill a rope or a jolly ball on a rope and beat her sides until she is bruised. She let him chew on her to where her underside was covered in bites from him. Now they play so rough with each other that they can't play with hardly any others.

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I would suggest you slow them down especially around the little dogs I have Buddy he is now a 90# male Doberman and Patches a 15# Dachshund,female I kept them apart until Buddy's brains arrived at about 3 years old. Patches was smart she would go under the couch to get away from Buddy when in the house and he got too rough. Very interesting to see a Dobie butt in the air an his head under the couch trying to get his sister Doxie to come back out and play most of the no way no how. Patches has been known to launch her self at Buddy's throat when she has been mad at him he just turns his head. You really have to teach them to play nice. Good Luck
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:31 AM   #10 (permalink)
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My dobie (Wynona) plays rough as well with my roommate's 3 month old boxer puppy(Bently)and my landlord's 1 and 1/2 year old shephard mix (Aspen)yet she plays gently with one of the guest's German shephard lab mix (Daisy) that is something I don't understand lol she seems to have more respect for daisy than the other two. The play fights between wynona and bently sometimesvget to the point where they are snarling at each other and looms like they wanna rip each other throats out at any point when it looks like it's gonna get to that point I pull them apart and hold them away from each other for about 15-30 seconds then let them continue their play. She doesn't do that with any other dog or puppy but bently so in all honesty I think bently starts it lol they have been getting better with the hold apart for a few seconds method but they will still have their fights from time to time.

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If your golden isn't correcting the puppy I would put puppy on a line and teach her "easy" or "enough". I would not let her alone with the tiny ones until you know she will leave them alone.

My doberman is four. He is great now with my two littles and my very old aussie, I did have to teach him to be easy though. That being said he is very rough with my collie, my doberman has the slam bam style of playing. I stop play if I feel it is too rough, he has hit the collie so hard he had flown and done several rolls. However my collie and he love each other and I have noticed in the last week the collie will get dobe to chase and then when dobe gets close collie quickly rolls to the ground in a ball sort of and dobe can't slam him. Pretty smart lol. Dobe means no harm he is just a rough player. Again he leaves the little dogs and old aussie alone but they do not initate play with him like the collie does.
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My Dobie and Bichon also play very rough. The funny part is, the Dobie APPEARS and SOUNDS like she's killing the Bichon -- truth be known, she's just vocal and only mouths him, she doesn't really bite. The Bichon, also makes the scariest sounds, but WILL exert pressure when mouthing IF she gets too crazy. He's just warning her, by saying, "Hey! Take it easy! I MEAN IT!!" If I hear someone yelp, it's almost always the DobieGirl, being kept in check.

When they're outside running around the yard together, I'm ALWAYS there to supervise. It's very easy for accidents to happen when such a large and powerful dog is playing with a 20 lbs, 12" fluff ball. Once such accident has already happened. Bella (the Dobie) accidentally T-boned Sparky, knocking him sideways, which exacerbated a congenital condition (Sparky has "loose" knees that we were unaware of until then, and t-boning him was like spraining it). Always supervise and know what playing behaviors are, and I'm sure you'll be ok!
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Wynona and bently look like and sound like they are killing each other as well but they are very vocal especially bently.
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Melissa, that post cracked me up.

Yep, Dobes play rough!!!!!

We usually have 2 Dobes and a GSD, and rarely do friends want to bring their dogs for a playday.
My guys are wild. Hopping, running, rolling, body slams, on their backs, in the air, and the "patented Doberman flying bum check".
My husband calls it "Camp Redneck".

I would suggest keeping an eye on the pup.
Our recent Dobe, Zack, was adopted, and I'm sure removed from his mom too early.
He bites Claire relentlessly.
We intervene because Claire is a saint.
No bitch would have put up with that from a pup.
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