🍒💣ℹ️So I read some great info today in my #akc email that I think is worth #sharing -How to differentiate between #playing and fighting-...seem stupid? Like, duh, I'll know if they're #fighting 🙄 but sometimes it's hard to read your dog.. like in social groups, etc. Anyways, knowing more helpful info never hurt anyone🤷 so here we go:
The play bow – front end down, back end in the air. Sometimes the dog trying to initiate play will slap his front legs down on the ground repeatedly.
A big, #silly open-mouthed grin.
Exaggerated, bouncy movement. The dogs are acting silly.
Loud, continuous #growling and snarling; again, exaggerated. Play-growling may sound scarier than serious fighting.
The dogs voluntarily make themselves vulnerable by “falling” down and exposing their bellies and allowing themselves to be caught when playing chase. They take turns chasing each other.
They keep going back for more. Even the dog that ends up on his back doesn’t want to stop playing. They will probably take turns with most play-fighting behaviors.🎾🤾♂️👯⚽🤹♥️ .😠😠 FIGHTING 🤕🥊 The dogs’ bodies get very stiff.
#Hackles (the hair on a dog’s upper back) are raised. You may not be able to see this if the dog has long hair.
Closed mouth, curled lip, low warning growl. You may not even hear it.
Movements will be quick and efficient – no bouncing around, no taking turns.
Ears will be pinned flat and lips curled back and snarling. No big silly smiles.
If the dogs get into actual combat, hopefully it will be a short encounter, and the “loser” will try to leave the area. There won’t be going back for more play.
The dog is trying to get away from the other one, and her body language is not happy and bouncy. #Tail is tucked. She isn’t having fun. 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊 #themoreyouknow#goodinfo#dogbasics#doginfo#akcnewsletter#dogsocialization#dogtraining#dogtips#rubydynamite#blackcherrybeautyqueen