Sunday, March 27, 2011

Small Dog Play

In January, I had the honor of watching a friend's PBGV puppy for a long weekend. Rosanne was about 6 months old at the time. I was a little concerned about whether she would survive the weekend in my house with a giant doofus. Tanner loves to play with other dogs but the height and weight differential between him and Rosanne was large!

For the first couple of days, I left Rosanne in a short x-pen in the living room when I had the big dogs out. This way, they could get acquainted through and over the pen but she would not get squished. I also kept her on leash when outside so that she wouldn't run away and get mowed down. Tanner is a pretty laid back guy but when his chase instinct kicks in, all bets are off!

Eventually, they had interacted enough that I was confident that he would listen if she told him to back off. I let them play in my living room where she could get away if need be but there wasn't enough room for her to get the zoomies. I also kept reminding Tanner to lay down to play with her instead of squishing her. He did a great job! It helps that she was also able to stay under control. I do not like to let puppies get above threshold when they play!

I did not let Shine play with Tanner and Rosanne. You can hear her towards the end of this clip starting to whine from being left out. Don't worry, I was giving her treats for staying out of the way! In most cases, it is best to have even pairs of dogs or just two out at a time. It keeps them from ganging up on each other and allows them to modify their play for each other.

It is nice to have a dog that is small-dog savvy and able to interact appropriately with other dogs! I think Tanner and Rosanne will be life-long friends!


jet said...

That is very cute! I am not sure either of my dogs would be interested in playing with a fluffy that is so much smaller than them.

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

This is gorgeous! Tanner is just so good with Rosanne. I don't think I would trust either of my kids to not hurt her. Both Frankie and Beryl play rough and have to have pretty tough playmates. Beryl doesn't actually play with little dogs but she does have little dog friends.

I'm very impressed:)

houndstooth said...

What a patient boy Tanner is! I wouldn't have to worry about our hounds with him, but the GSD would be another story! What a cute video of them!

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Awww.... Tanner is a sweet boy.

Hiking Hounds said...

That is so cute! I love it when they lie down to play with the small dogs.