Ways to Teach your Big Dog to Play Nice with Smaller Dogs
by Pet Qwerks Toys on December 28, 2018
We all want dogs of all sizes to interconnect, but sometimes the owners of small dogs (understandably) can be a bit nervous about calling larger dogs to play. Below are some ways to teach your big dog to play nice with smaller dogs that will help to peacefully interact with (regardless of size) with other big and small dogs.
1. All dogs must be slow.
When a new dog enters the dog park, all other dogs come to greet the novice. This can be a threat, or at least irresistible, to a new dog. That’s why parks are strongly recommended for very calm and socialized dogs.
Of course it is always better to introduce new dogs very slowly. Walking next to others without pressure is much better for interacting than direct greetings with direct contact with the eyes. This also applies to dogs of all sizes, but when a small dog is presented to a larger dog, this is even more important. It is also recommended to use a martingale collar while walking to encourage good manners on the strap and prevent the escape of the dog.
2. Make sure the little dog is well-behaved.
Several interactions between dogs have been observed when the small dog does not fit. A small dog can constantly frown, bite the face or feet of a larger dog, or maybe try to climb to a larger dog. Nobody says anything until finally a big dog does not allow peeling or unpleasant barking. What’s happening then? The big dog is dying! Instead, owners had to intervene long and redirect their attention to a small dog.
It is important to monitor both dogs for signs of stress. For example, a dog may try to avoid having another look or pretending to be interested in the grass.
3. Take breaks during the game session.
If two dogs play very well and start to bark, crack, fight and jump, it is good to redirect them for a moment to turn off the power together. As the game grows, this can sometimes lead to complications of the game, and sometimes to the fight. Therefore, it is better to encourage the dogs to reduce a little and continue the correct game in a few minutes. This is especially true for dogs who are not well-acquainted, if two dogs are of very different size or if a larger dog has prey.
Some other precautions are:
– Keep all dog toys put away. This prevents any of the dogs from showing visibility to the toys.
– When dogs play, collar dogs are a good choice because it is easier to remove them if the belts get tangled.
4. Slowly communicate with a dog of any size.
It is important that dogs teach you to play properly with other dogs of all sizes. If you have a friendly puppy or dog, start to meet him with different dogs of different breeds, size, age, and energy levels. Of course, there are some dogs who play badly with others. If your dog needs help in this area, it is best to contact a professional trainer for help.