provoking a dobie

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Thanks, I hadn't seen that one yet.Ramsey and Pablo are hilarious. 

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Ok I have to ask, not having had an adult doberman in my household - is this play type activity good?

I can see where it mnight not be - like needing to be able to handle your dogs mouth, going to the vet, etc.

Do dobes understand this is just play? For future reference. Thanks.

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Forgot to mention I was "trained" by my dad not to play with the ridgebacks mouth with your hand unless you really didn't need to have a hand. I just assumed that would play out for all large breeds.

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that was funny! I would love to meet Ramsey!

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and pablo

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If you watch the video again and listen to the "clicks" when Ramsey snaps her jaws and does not actually get flesh, it has a dull sound. She is not really snapping but is rapidly closing her jaws. If she were really snapping her jaws, you would have a really distinctive sharp and loud click when her jaws shut. When Red and Princess play, they don't hold back as they do if they play with me.

I am still, after decades with them, amazed at their perception and intelligence and ability to adjust to the stiuation. They have such strong bonds with us, and it is almost as if there is a little person trapped in a Doberman suit. I have had 5 non-doberman dogs, 1 mixed breed, 1 black Lab and 3 Min. Schnauzers, and none can compare.

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Talisin
It's been my experience that Dobes love this type of play and are totally aware that it is play. Ive always waited a while to play like this however; because it is a developmental thing. First they need to learn not to rip your skin apart! Those baby teeth are razor like and it takes several months to teach them not to play like that! You'll know when they are ready as they will be able to control. I teach "easy" prior to this type of play. If things get too rough, and the pup can't control, then you just drop it until they can sustain control.
Dobes love this game and can develop amazing speed!

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They definitely know it is play!

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Love this! Yes, agreed- they know it is play! I have found with Laith (a puppy) they do get very excited after you play it for a few minutes. Sometimes it turns into a big game for them. 

He has never snapped his jaws at anyone but us. I think they know you are fretting them! 

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Skye plays like this and gets wags her tail for like 5hrs afterwards... like Barb said... they just have to be trained not to bite too hard.