Flash attack and playing with puppies

Stressing me out

Bored, cooped up in the house while it’s so cold and snowy, and stressing her out with the flash.

Still. I think she really knows how to work her angles.

Pyr in flash

In unrelated Pyrrha news, we’ve turned our yard into quite the doggy social arena. The other day on a walk, we met a 10-week-old lab mix puppy named Nellabelle, whom we invited over for a future play-date. Pyrrha was quite polite to the tiny Nellabelle, who was gregarious and wiggly. She gave Nellabelle a few play bows and then tried to bat her over with a paw, which was a little too much for the puppy. And then Pyrrha put the puppy’s head in her mouth. Clearly, not an aggressive act, but it’s scary just the same, to see your puppy’s head in another dog’s jaws. Little Nell didn’t seem too traumatized, but I thought it was probably best to end that play session.

Pyrrha needs to learn how to accommodate her play behavior to small dogs, something we learned when Stella the Jack Russell came over and was terrorized (treated with much curiosity and occasionally as if she were prey). Pyrrha particularly needs to learn play behavior with puppies, as we are planning to go visit her new (6-lb.!) Aunt Georgia very soon!

Did your dog have to learn how to play gently with puppies or dogs smaller than itself? Any tips on that?

7 thoughts on “Flash attack and playing with puppies

  1. Well, being a Great Dane who doesn’t always realize how big he is, our dog needed to learn how to play with pups and smaller dogs too. Especially since lots of his friends are Great Danes too, and they can have quite a rough way of playing together…

    The best thing that happened to him in this learning process, is his best friend who is a Weimaraner. Not exactly the smallest of breeds, but compared to Killian, almost every other dog is small. 😉 In the beginning we intervened when he was getting over-excited and was too overwhelming for his friend, but I have to say that his Weimaraner friend did most of the work on teaching him how to play with her in a way that she enjoys as well. If he was too rough, she would yelp and put him in his place in a way that only dogs can do. And that was really a big help.

    We’re expecting a puppy in the course of this year (a Leonberger, which is a big breed as well, but the puppy will be much smaller than Killian when it arrives, of course), and I’m happy that he has learned to play in a more moderate way by now, so we won’t have to worry too much about the two of them playing together.

    So I’d advise you to keep an eye out when Pyrrha will be playing with her Aunt Georgia, but I guess that Georgia will also tell Pyrrha when she oversteps the line. Dogs are pretty good communicators when it comes to those things. 🙂


    1. Thanks, Karolien! That’s a helpful reminder. And congrats on your forthcoming Leonberger puppy! Such beautiful dogs. I’m sure Killian will be a great sibling.

      1. Thanks!
        I’m sure he’ll be thrilled with finally having a friend he can be with all the time. We’ve noticed in his behavior that he needs that, so who are we to refuse eh? 😉

  2. Most of our dogs have instinctively been good with puppies. Morgan saved our lives by being a fantastic puppy nanny until Küster was about three months old. To my surprise HE was very good with a young, skittish GSD puppy we met at the dog park one day. It was the first time he ever met a puppy younger than himself and he did well. Morgan can get really excited around puppies and occasionally need to take a break from them, but usually she’s good. It’s usually when our dogs are in their senior years that they have low tolerance for puppy shenanigans!

  3. Rufus seems to prefer playing with smaller dogs, but mostly because bigger dogs bring out the insecurities in him – he is much louder when playing with big dogs and likes to mount them, which is…embarrasing, haha.

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