I have a 7 month old puggle and I decided to let him play wth my landlords 3 year old German Shepeard yesterday - at first they were sniffing each other - they were kind of tense - but then the German Shepeard charged my puppy and started chasing him around the yard and growling and barking - I don't know if this is how bigger dogs play or if he was really trying to attack my puppy [mind you they were on the German Shepards territory]
sidebar: The landlord keeps his German Shepeard in the area right outside my apartment so there is no way to go in or out with out passing him - I would love for the puppy and the German Shepeard to play nicely so that they can get excercise and be social - but either way they have to be able to co-exsist because of where we live.
My dog, a female black lab, growls and is very vocal while playing. It is more important to watch their body posture than to listen to the sounds they make while playing. The sounds can be horrific sometimes, and they are loving it! It is very hard for me to tell a good growl from a bad one... but their stance and motions are easier to read. I once saw a good online site with pictures.... let me see if I can find it. Here it is : http://dukkie_cave_canem.tripod.com/dogslife.html
My dog intimidates some owners sometimes because of her being a growler. She just wants to play! If the GSD of your neighbor's doesn't get out much, it was probably really really excited to see your little dog! This unfortunately happens a lot between big dogs and little dogs, and the little ones get scared.
yeah i think you're right he was prob just overly excited because he doesn't get out much - and he doesn't have any dog friends. But sadly he isn't my dog so i can't just take him out or even take them to neutral ground to play .
Avy, To be on the safe side, no one knows your dog better than you. I would ask the landlord (the person who owns the dog), I have GSD's from 11 mos to 12 years. Could be the 3 year old just being playful, its not a guarantee, but I would ask......just in case. I'm not trying to say GSD's are bad, but with any dogs, ask the owner.
Yes, that is a good idea. Little dogs can do the growling and chasing too. The first time we tried another dog with Georgie she got so excited she chased him all around and growled. We thought she hated him but she was just really excited.
It would be nice if the landlord would come out and help supervise the dogs together at first too. He could help keep him under control until they got to know each other.
I would be a little apprehensive since GSD's are good guard dogs and may be protective of its area.
A lot of adult dogs are different with puppies and are more tolerant of them than another adult dog. Others get cranky around the puppies because they get too excited.
Mollie growls when she plays with me. Thats just how she plays. And when she is playing with other dogs, she gets mouthy. Barks non stop. I can get her going real good, she will grab my shirt, growl, show her teeth, snarl and then I put my face up to hers and she licks me. That is how I know she is playing. ( dont actually do that if your not sure, I don't want you to get bit lol).
When I first got Wiley, my first husky he growled while playing when we had doggie day care. I then learned the different sounds of his growl. I now have two and you should hear them go at it. When my sons New Foundland comes over he never growls. So I really think it is the breed more then the size. My daughters mini beagle also growls. Man is that funny when she runs after the New Foundland! LOL