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My 7 month old puppy is very friendly. She loves to meet other dogs and is very respectful when greeting them. However, other dogs don't seem very interested in playing with her. After greeting her, they seem indifferent to her.

That being said, my puppy loves to be chased and play. So when she gets ignored and the other dogs are playing, she runs after them barking. I looked into "demand barking" and I think she is trying to get them to play with her--but she rarely ever succeeds with this. In the rare event that another dog pays attention to her and engages in a game of chase or wrestling, she doesn't bark at all.

Is there a way I can help my socially awkward puppy learn how to engage other dogs in a more appropriate way?
 

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I think that’s what she’s doing. She’s figuring out how to play and exist with other dogs. I would introduce her to a large variety of dogs (old, young, large, small, etc.) Adult dogs can find young dogs annoying so puppies may be more willing to play.
 

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It's all part of learning for a puppy. My 11 week old just spent her first day doing a dog meet and greet. Young, old, large small, fluffy, sleek, all sorts of dogs. She barked when she got ignores, managed to get growled at and, snapped at a couple of times in the process before she figure out how to do the play bow, then, go on to another dog if the one she bowed to turned away.

They have to learn and, yes younger dogs generally are more willing to play while the old, gray muzzle ones may even growl and snap at the puppy's efforts to play. That's a part of how dogs communicate with one another and, a puppy had to learn by trial and error and, experience.
 

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My dog hates being barked at and will stop playing and walk away looking pissed off if any dog barks or growls at him. He's trained most of his dog friends to play silently with him. When they play with other dogs, they growl and bark, so it's funny seeing how they've learned to modify their behavior just for him.
He likes puppies but won't play with a dog much smaller than him and he only likes to wrestle and won't play chase games, so some of it could be size and play style and the barking could be off-putting as well. I know one dog that got so set off by barking he started attacking and hurting dogs that barked in his face. Now he doesn't go to the dog park anymore just plays with one on one quiet buddies. Some dogs are naturally more vocal than others though.
 

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Thanks for the replies everyone! I'll work on exposing her to as many dogs as possible!

It just seems funny to me that even puppies seem uninterested in playing with her.

I'll keep you all posted!
 

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We've had some progress, so I thought I would update this thread in case anyone else is having similar problems.

Interacting with other dogs has become our #1 priority. I take every opportunity to expose her to different dogs. I'm letting her figure things out by herself and it's working great! Barking gets her ZERO attention. Not even from me (I think when she was barking before and I was telling her "no" that even that much attention was rewarding to her). Now she rarely barks at all when playing!

She's also much more confident when greeting and playing. I'm a very proud dog momma this week.
 

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She's also learning better ways to ask other dogs to play and, learning to communicate not just with sound but, with body language.

Dogs communicate with sound, body language, expressions, postures, tail position and motion, scent and, probably more we don't even know about. Us understanding them is about like them understanding us, we might get a little of it but, not much.
 
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