Weekend play-dates with Roland and Loki

The dogs enjoyed a busy, action-packed weekend, which included two play-dates.

On Saturday: Play-date with Roland!

The good dogs at the play date. Eden not included.
Roland and Pyrrha greeting friends.

All the dogs seemed kind of lethargic about this play-date; they shuffled around each other and seemed generally sleepy. But at least they got some time outside together, checking each other out and just chillin’.

Play date with Roland

It was a warm, humid day, so maybe the temperatures slowed everyone down?

On Sunday: Play-date with Loki!

Play date with Loki
The young stud, with slobber.

Play date with Loki

Both girls were ECSTATIC when Loki showed up.

Play date with Loki

Pyrrha hasn’t seen Loki in a long time, and this was Eden’s first time meeting him — and her first play-date with a dog who was significantly larger than herself. Needless to say, they were both very enthusiastic about the presence of this handsome dude.

Play date with Loki

Play date with Loki

Play date with Loki

Play date with Loki

Play date with Loki

Play date with Loki

Play date with Loki

Play date with Loki

Play-Date Behavior Question:Ā Eden has the very annoying habit of incessant barking when a dog comes over to play. I think it’s a bark that stems from excitement/overstimulation, but it’s super-annoying, and I think it really unnerves some dogs. What can we do to help her with this? Have you ever experienced this in your dog?

Play date with Loki
Three happy (begging) pups.
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9 thoughts on “Weekend play-dates with Roland and Loki

  1. Gorgeous happy pups! Our 3 y/o rescue has always barked to try and engage another dog to play. Two animal behaviorists and a vet told us, some dogs are more vocal than others.

  2. OMD! It seems like the play date with Loki was the favorite! There was lots of happy running and jumping. I like to bark during play too but Ma says it isn’t super annoying, so I don’t know what to tell you about Eden. I hope someone else has the answer!
    Happy Monday,
    Oz

  3. I am not a fan of barking during play, so I interrupt it, just like I’d interrupt any truly negative play behaviors. Right now I have an 8 week old puppy and a quiet older dog, so if the pup barks, play stops for a short time-out. It’s easy enough for me because most of my play happens inside so I can get to the barker, gently grab a collar and release her after 5 seconds. Rinse and repeat. At this stage, she is small enough I can pick up, so I do that sometimes, too. This would be harder outside but if the quiet dog has a good recall, that is another way to interrupt. I’d call and reward the quiet dog. I’d sometimes reward the barking dog if she came over, too, but that’s just because recalls are good.

  4. It looks like the girls had a fantastic weekend!

    Perhaps with the barking, a short time out in her crate in the house would help her to calm down some. I think some dogs do just get so overstimulated that they just can’t calm down without a little help.

  5. Bear does that too- the incessant barking. For him, it totally stems from overstimulation and his frustration from being unable to control everyone. Weather we’re with friends in a backyard or at the dog park, I simply clip on his leash and require a sit stay until he’s visibly calmed, then he’s off to play again- usually much calmer after the break.

  6. I love the play date! Loki is a big dog, but looks gentle. šŸ™‚

    As Kerry M. commented, I’ve found the most effective barking deterrent is to stop the play behavior for a time. (Long enough that all dogs calm down.) Dio does a lot of “policing”, or barking during playtime. (I also think it has something to do with his herding heritage.)

  7. Agree with other comments–remove her from play as soon as she starts to bark. Don’t look at her or say anything, just put a leash on and take her inside the house. Keep doing this until she stays quiet and if she starts up again just keep removing her. She’ll learn soon enough!! This works with my sister’s Miniature Schnauzer who is an incorrigible barker in any exciting situation and could not learn a “quiet” command.

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