Hi there...Im new to this forum. I have a 1-1/2 yr old rat terrier mix (male) and a 4-1/2 month old english springer spaniel. I believe our spaniel is mixed with lab. Anyway, my rattie is fixed and my springer will be next month. Today my mom was babysitting at my house for me and I told her the dogs can get a little wild wrestling and running around. I was worried, because I didnt want her to think I have "bad" dogs. Anyway, I called her from work and asked how things were going and she said the dogs have been very good and not fighting or wrestling. All day they were like that. She thinks its me! So my hubby came home before me and they were fine then too. I come home and they are all over me and each other. They growl (play)and wrestle with each other so much it drives me crazy, but my hubby and mom said they only do it when Im home. Why is that? I dont get it!! Thanks for any possible input on this!
To me it's perfectly normal that your young Springer is playing like this with your Rat Terrier. I would suggest that if they are doing this when you're home, to take them both out for a really nice long walk, and/ or alternate with a game of some sort outside, and make it a regular event. A tired dog is always a good thing, and that will give you a little more peace. I'm sure they are playing with each other with your Mom, but when you are around they probably want your attention, and so start to really rough house to expend energy. You can also use a good meaty bone for each to work on, and also kongs stuffed with peanut butter. My dogs act the same way when they can't get my attention for long enough...they will play somehow, and if it's not with me, it will be amongst themselves; so I make sure they have plenty of exercise. Good luck with them. p.s Welcome to the forum!
Unfortunetly most owners affect how their dogs behave. You could have the worst behaved dog on the planet, give it to another person and presto the dogs behavior changes, or it could get worse depending on the experience and temperment of the new owner. Owners that are over attentive are probly the worst, Their dogs usually experience things like extreme separation anxiety. The separation anxiety could be improved if the owner was educated on what it is, that they are doing, or rehomeing the dog to a different owner who is less attentive.
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If you are very well bonded with your dogs it could just be excitement because they are happy you came home. My family tells me all our dogs begin barking at the same time about 5 minutes before I get home. They then all grab toys and rush to the door to greet me. I'm told they don't do this for anyone else. When I walk in they are all wiggles and happy barks for a bit and then they settle down to normal.