There is nothing I enjoy more than watching two dogs playing nicely together. When you take your dog to the local park or the beach and he finds another dog to play with, it is essential that you make sure that your dog learns not to play too rough.
I would suggest you stop the play if your dog:
- Uses his teeth to hang on to the other dog’s skin
- Grabs and or shakes the other dog
- Mounts the other dog
- Pins the other dog to the ground repeatedly
- Body slams the other dog
- Growls threateningly
- Raises his hackles and stands over the other dog
To stop the play, call your dog to you. If he does not respond immediately, go and fetch him. Get your dog to sit or lie down next to you until he is completely calm and relaxed. You can then let him continue playing.
Breeds originally bred for fighting or ratting can have a short fuse and play can quickly spill over into fighting. You will need to be extra vigilant if you have one of these breeds.
Always keep an eye on your dog when he is playing and learn to read his body language and energy. This will help you to prevent an incident.