I was wondering if anyone else had this problem. I have two pits. A female about 1 1/2 and a male about 9 mo. When I let them out of their crates, ALL they do is wrestle and play. They race around like psychos. I wouldn't care, but my 15 mo old has to be crated when they're out together. :) I have to put him in his playpen or he'll get knocked over. The funny thing is that they never did this when my husband (soon to be ex) was here. As soon as he walked out the door they would start, but if he was here, they were angels. I get NO respect. :) I know I could alternate crate time, but I do want them to have playtime too. Any suggestions? Thanks guys!
We had to teach our dogs that there was a level at which the excitement and play was allowed, because we also had a small child. Mouth sparring (as I call it, when the dogs lay down next to each other and quietly play, play biting at each other's feet and necks) was allowed. But out right romping is stopped, because its' in danger of knocking over furniture, kids and adults alike, especially when there's 50-100 lb dogs involved. I tell them to calm down, or go lay down, when they would start, and head it off before it ever began. This only applied indoors though, I never stop their play behavior outdoors because there's room for them to be rough and tumble.
As you have two young dogs, this may be a little harder. I had 1 older dog that already knew the rules, and an akita puppy added later that learned from Bowen. I think your best bet is to keep one on a leash (or both) so that you can easily withdraw that one from roughhousing. Reinforce the command when they get too rough with 'Calm down!' and praise both of them when they do.
***Edited By: Minniyar on 4/6/2005 11:09:24 AM*** Reason: add
Icyhound, how do you teach this?? I know when we get a 2nd dog, we will have the same problem. We tried out one dog with Georgie and she wore us out with her chasing and playing. At one point, we had to take her to another room because she was gagging. She will do that when she is extremely excited. Thanks!!
Crates and time out. I'll go and phyiscaly seperate them, put them into sits and tell them to chill out. After a few sessions they learn to stop when told to. Then come sself control of not immedatly starting again. If they do, they get time outs.
it takes a bit because the dog has to learn self control as well, so its training as much as behavior modification.
I tried the leash thing and it worked, only in that they got so tangled up the couldn't move. I guess whatever works :) I have to try to work with them more. I can't even walk them together. They want to play the minute they get outside. They forget all about why they're out there.
Yep, my two Boston Ts are exactly the same way they wrestle non stop all day long, if they are awake it is pretty much a sure thing that they are wrestling! Don't know how they do it looks like they would either get tired or bored eventually!