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No Roughhousing Indoors

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so my brother just moved in with us and brought his dog, bailey (2 1/2, neutered male, v friendly with people and dogs) with him. my dog, wolfgang, is very happy about this, as is bailey, as they have loved each other from the moment they met months ago

they love to play. and play. wrestling. biting. running around. it's precious to watch bc they have so much fun but Not In the House.

they're not used to having these restrictions on them since the house they normally met in before was OK to Play In. so far here we loudly say 'hey' or 'quit' and, if necessary, pull/push them (mostly firmly but gently) away from each other when they start to roughhouse inside. for now they are constantly dragging leashes around if both of them are on the same floor, so we can either keep them at opposite sides of the room or pull them away from each other if they start getting rowdy where they shouldn't

many times when they start to play, we take them outside where they can play to their hearts' content. they love to reward us for this kind action by not playing :] i can understand bc it's summer and summer is Hot and when they roughhouse they drink a ton of water so i assume they get really warm haha (bailey has a big mouth and pants for a minute or two when they settle down, but wolfgang can pant for half an hour before she calms down haha... orz poor bb)

we will continue to take them outside to let them play if they will, but in the meantime i'm afraid pulling them away from each other inside will make them think playing is a Bad Thing that gets them punished. do i need to do anything differently? tips on how to handle this situation optimally? orz

ah, if anyone wants to suggest crates, that idea is out. i had wolfgang's crate down in the family room but my stepfather made me move it upstairs to my room, where i do not spend time except for sleeping. hooking leashes on ankles is the closest we can get to that
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If you send them outside every time they start up, they should eventually learn to transfer 'game time' outdoors'...maybe not the first few times, just keep at. You might say 'outside' and run them outside fast and cheerfully (so they still feel rambunctious as they go out the door). Give them a chance to figure it out for themselves. Worth a try.
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Sometimes my two larger dogs get rambunctious in the evening while I'm trying to sit and watch Netflix.
But most of the time, they don't because they are looking to get petted. I have an ottoman that is large enough for one large dog and for me to put up my feet. Two dogs could possibly get up there and occasionally do but of course there is barely room for them to be there and no room for play.
Anyway, the dog on the ottoman gets belly rubs and ear skritches every 5 or 10 minutes or so. If she jumps down off the ottoman, the other one jumps up for a chance at a belly rub.
It works out to prevent a lot of rambunctiousness, it may not be practical for you but I thought I'd mention it just in case.
@Artdog: probably taking them out with cheerfulness would be a good thing... every time... ok;;;
@jagger: we walk them. sometimes i play tug with wolfgang. it's a 50/50 chance whether she'll care about fetch or not so we don't play that much. they could probably use more exercise, but idk what we can do/what the dogs would be willing to do. /shrug
@Lucillle: i think part of the reason they constantly want to play is because it's so new;;; i'm hoping that with a little time they'll calm down and realize they don't have to play all the time, because they live together now;;; rn they don't care as much about belly rubs as usual when they're close to each other ;;
teach them a "place" command and give them each something to chew on. Use the place as a timeout to calm them down. As a reward, treat them and maybe let them outside for a romp if they REALLY want to play.
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