Just wondering for the people with small dogs, do you let your small dog play with a bigger dog you know and what are your parameters. I don't want to be too protective but I also want to keep them from getting hurt.
At Christmas time, Georgie wanted to rough house a little with my sister's Whippet mix. This is a 25 pound dog versus my 10 pound dog. They were just bouncing around and jumping but it made me nervous so I am wondering how you all decide whether to let your small dog play when there is a bigger dog.
My Akita always wants to play with my Shih-Tzu. He bows at him, barks, move his paw out to hit him, grabs and pulls his tail if he trys to walk away, and tries to roll over on him..... it's actually all pretty funny. My Shih-Tzu is only 9 pounds and my Akita is 92 pounds...... so it's a BIG difference. If I find he is starting to get to rough, I put a stop to it. Sometimes when he starts trying to play with Ky (Shih-Tzu) my Alaskan Malamute X will try to come and play to then I have to stop it because they become way to rough with him. He's never been hurt. It's just all in fun to them.
my 125 pound rottie/hound mix plays with my basset and my min pins...(a huge size difference)with no problems at all, but he also knows how big he is, and usually lays down and lets them pounce all over him while he rolls around.
Thanks for the replies. We take our dogs to work and when I walk them there is a Lab German Shepherd mix that also goes to work and comes out to see him. I know I can trust him because he walks around and lets them jump all over him. Just have not seen them actually play with a bigger dog when the bigger dog is really wanting to play and not just sniff and walk around them.
Georgie has no fear and loves all dogs. She is just too eager and has the Min Pin excitement. Jackson is a fear and excitement barker and once he settles down he is just fine with other dogs. Atleast, most of the time. During puppy class, he kept trying to act aggressive towards a Lab but then ran away yelping from a Yorkie that ran at him. Go figure.
I let my Eskies play with my Min Pin puppy one at a time. With two of them, they like to gang up on her and it's a free-for-all. I mostly let my female Eskie play with her because she is the calmest and most careful. I watch and play referee and stop them as soon as I see my Eskie getting a little too hyper. She likes to "pounce" on things and Tegan is only up to 3lbs now. I can just see her getting squished like a bug.
My best girlfriend in the world has two huskies. She keeps begging me to bring my shih tzu over to play and I wont. They're friendly dogs, but you just never know when territory is involved and its two to one, what could happen. My dumb dumb doesn't know how to back down, either. Im afraid she'll get herself eaten.
we absolutely let our 75lb lab play with our 9lb pug/beagle mix. here's some pics of them playing together. looks brutal but is as harmless as can be. i think our little pup sees herself as big as our old guy.
but with a dog that doesn't live in the same home i wouldn't know. you would have to be weary not knowing the other dog as well as you do your own. our lab is pretty friendly with any dog as long as they don't show aggression. then he will be a little on the defense, but otherwise he is up for playing no matter how big or small. he is actually quite gentle with smaller dogs. it's almost motherly like. anyways that's all i can give on that subject so far
I would just say that you always have to use caution. My husband worked with a couple that had a rott and a boston terrier. Raised together, played together and then... one day.... while playing, the rott got a little too rough and clawed out the bulgy eye of the Boston. Not mean, they still get along to this day, but SUPERVISED!
My "little" dogs have NO idea that they are little and can easily put a large dog in thier place! I have two MinPins and a doberman and they play pretty hard, I also take all my dogs to the dog park and let them run/play with what dogs they want. I don't treat my "little" dogs like they are little, I expect the same proper behaviour from them as I do my dobe!
my pom and my ex boyfriends boxer play together all the time. my ex also has a weimeraner and she wants to play with my pom, but doesnt really know how-she just kinda barks (playfully) at him and thats about it.