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PostSubject: Rough play   Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:22 pm

Hey i have a female husky named Blanca that i have had for almost a year(she was about 4-6 months old when i got her). She is a very high energy and athletic dog that needs at least two 1-2 hr play/exercise sessions a day to drain her energy. My problem(well personally i don't mind the type of play i am about describe but she is my first husky and will take into consideration advice anyone has on the subject) is that most of the time we play it inevitably leads to us play fighting. This usually consists of us switching between being "the chased" and "the chaser", her biting/nipping at my legs or arms and me pushing, leg sweeping, or giving her quick pokes on her body. Recently a family member seen how we were playing and suggested i not play with her in this way. I did/do not agree with this persons take on the matter because ive seen a general consensus online that huskies tend to play pretty rough with each other but couldnt find enough info if its ok for me to engage in this kind of play with her. Some things you may need to know, she has never punctured or bit me hard and i can always get her to calm down when i say play is over. Any advice and/or constructive criticism is greatly appreciated. I apologize in advance if anyone finds anything described above as abuse, i love my dog and would never do anything to intentionally harm her.
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PostSubject: Re: Rough play   Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:56 pm

Take this with a grain of salt since I'm a bit older than many here but I tend to rough house with my pups. I have the advantage that they are also getting on in years so they don't play as rough now as they once did.

In my litany of commands I have one - "Enough!"- that means the play has to come to and end *now!!* That normally gets used when someone who doesn't play as rough as I do shows up -or- when they've been playing in the house and things start to go catawampus.

*IF* your dogs will stop on command then I personally see no problem in playing as rough as they want to play. Obviously you're not going to hurt them - intentionally - and they're not going to hurt you - intentionally.

These guys (and gals) like to play rough ... if that family member objects to you playing with your dogs in a way that you all enjoy - I'd say that *he* has a problem, not you.
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