I feel like venting and getting some advice. yes another 2 dog household question for me. ( sorry) As some of you know I have just adopted Macy, a goldendoodle who is a sweetie and 2 year old female. I also have a male 10 mo. old golden retriever who is a sweetie too, but is soooo possesive of me right now. He is constantly bossing MAcy, whicj I know they are trying to figure the alpha situation and I think it is Charley. HE puts his head on her neck and has even tried to hump her ( is that normal??) I see sometimes some play bows which is wonderful! But it seems to get crazy. No one had been harmed besides a minor snap, but I feel like I don't know what to do. If I feel it has goten to rowdy I say enough MAcy listens BUT Charley the 10 mo old id like PARTY. If he does not listen and settle he goes on his training leash and has to sit by me for about 5 minutes. I don't mind them play fighting but when Isay enough well I want it to be enough. Is there something else I should do or am I making it worse. We are going to another obidence classes in Sept too I am hoping it helps. Don't get me wron they are great and I am probably expecting too much for 2 weeks. What do you all think? Are they still figuring it out? I feel frustrated like I am not skilled in this training area of 2 dogs.
When I have a foster dog and have this sort of problem, I just thunder, "All Right you two, OUT" Then I sit in the yard and let them play. Sometimes I need to referee if someone gets snappy, scared or too excited, but most of the time, they're just fine.
After the dogs have exhausted themselves, I let them in and expect them to behave. There's always the crate for mine if they don't. Fifteen minutes later and they're good.
It does take time, but I think you'll do fine. Just don't let them wreck your house by playing too hard. You want them to roughhouse OUTSIDE. I lost some china that way, so I know.
Thanks so much I need all the support and help. The fence is being put in we want a higher one due to some dog owners that let their dogs roam. One killed my cat a few weeks ago and I am not risking anything. So, for right now no fence no yard. It will be better once it is finally up about two weekends due to time and we are doing it ourselves. So for right now it LONG walks, swimming and playing fetch! Any othe games that work when you foster in your home?
It's hard to play a lot of "rough" games with a foster, because their temperments can vary so much or because they've neglected or abused.
One thing I always did was take up all the toys and bones, so there would be no fighting over them. Dogs have to be friends for a bit before they can share toys and some never share well.
One game my two dogs love is the "Dog Eating Monster." When I tell you this, you have to picture an overweight middle aged woman, not a kid.
I put my hands over my head and growl, "It's the Dog Eating Monster" and then walk like Frankenstein toward the dogs. They pretend to run away, but they are panting and smiling the whole time. Then I "catch" one and start wrestling and growling. Then the other one runs up and gets in on the act. We all end up in the floor in a pile an I rub their tummies and tickle them and pretend to "eat" them. They think it's a blast, almost as good as a walk.
My theory is that this promotes bonding not only between me and each dog, but between the dogs. They have to "share" me to play this game and they usually want to go outside and wrestle afterwards.