Many clients ask Trainer Nic about their puppies playing and when should they stop it, allow it, what's good, what's not good and what to expect from their puppy at play.
Here are some simple tips to follow for a nice balance re puppy play!
1 - Allow your puppy to express itself without allowing your puppy to get hurt.
2 - Pups learn what they can and can't get away with when they are meeting and playing around with other pups.
3 - Step in and settle the play down if it gets out of control in your eyes, so what you think is right, then that's the boundaries you create for your dog.
4 - There will be some growling and mouths opening, 9 times out of 10 this will be play behaviour and nothing to worry about.
5 - If your puppy is playing with an older dog, just remember at any moment that older dog could get tired of it and reprimand your puppy.
6 - If your puppy is getting too crazy, pop him or her into some 'chill out' time and relax your puppy down.
7 - Praise your puppy when he/she is playing nicely and allow them to express without getting too carried away.
Puppy play is wonderful to watch and learn from as long as you have it under control.