Fear of water also..rough play?

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Rileysmama's picture
Joined: 2008-06-13

My 10 week old pup Mason is fearful but we've been working hard on changing that. He is scared of the hose. Although.. then I have my husky on a leash and she goes on the kiddie pool with the hose in it, he will follow her no problem at all.  He stinks though and desperately needs a good scrubbing!! Any tips on making his bath less stressful??

2nd question..

My female husky tends to want to be dominant to other submissive type dogs. She stands over him but he doesnt care. He wants to play with her, nipping at her fur and feet and pawing at her but Im scared they will play too rough. She is 65 pounds and huskies play rough. Should I just relax and let them wrestle or discourage it? Right now I sort of hover over them and correct her when she play growls or seems to be too rough.

Am I being over protective?

I know Ayden (husky) and she wouldn't seriously hurt him, she would just roll him and wrestle.

Whatcha think?

AlphaAdmin's picture
Joined: 2010-01-18

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Our male Drayko isn't afraid of anything on this planet, but he hides when he sees the hose. I think it's from bathing him outside when he was a puppy. He loves baths though. Now I do it in the bathtub with a little nozzle/hose thing. He knows when it's bath time to hop into the tub.

If you want your little fellow to have a stress free bath, start bathing him. If he starts trouble or gets upset, don't react and don't comfort him. This is just telling his there's something to worry about. You're taking the role of "mommy dog". Not taking a bath is hurting him, not the bath, so he needs to learn.

As for play, Dobermans love it rough. I wouldn't worry about the Husky female hurting him if she is sturdy tempered. If she gets too rough he'll do the "puppy alert", a loud high pitch squeal that will stop her. More likely is the situation of him getting too rough in a few months after he grows. But - if she's dominant I wouldn't worry too much. She'll likely correct him if he goes to far.

Always with dogs, the alpha (the owner) should keep an eye on play. At time with certain dogs during certain life stages, play can escalate. If you does the alpha needs to stop it. The difference between play and fighting is profound. Play includes plenty of growling and barking, usually medium to high pitch. If escalation occurs the barks will become desperate sounding, sounding from the inhale and exhale of breath, in a continuous blood curdling way.

Soleil's picture
Joined: 2008-04-04

I agree with horse's advice...
The only way to get him over his fear is to do it.  Soleil was not a great lover of bath time at first but if I am quiet and calm and just bathe her she calms down.  Now it is no problem.  If you are bathing in a bathtub I would recommend some form on non-slip mat.  She was not as concerned about the water as she was about being off balance.  Once I started putting something down for her she got more calm... but get him used to it now cause if you think its difficult to bathe a nervous dobie puppy wait till he is about 80 lbs of solid muscle who does not like bath time...

Rough play is something you will get used to as a doberman owner.  I own a 2 year old Golden retriever (he thinks he is tough stuff) and female dobie who is  now about 1 1/2.  At first I was so worried when I saw them play.  It is rough and tumble... chase then wrestle. Then I realized how much fun they were having.  She has been with us for a while now  Neither of them has ever been hurt by the other.  From the distance it might look like a dog fight but you realize its not and they are LOVING IT.  We always watch them just in case and at times we have intervened with a quick distraction and a gentle command to take it down a notch but they are always just playing. 

Congrates on the puppy and good luck!! He is very cute!