Our V plays with other dogs until exhaustion - help!
Our V is still a pup at 5 1/2 months. He loves other people and dogs a little too much but is very sociable while out on walks and when he meets dogs - never any signs of aggression.
But if he is allowed to play with a dog or if he visits another dog’s house/we have a dog visit us, then he will play fight with them (wrestling, mouthing, jumping) continuously for 12 hours straight. He doesn’t acknowledge the other dog or his own body telling him that he or they are tired and need to stop.
He also doesn’t interact with other dogs in any way other than play. So he won’t lay next to another dog while awake, walk calmly next to them or be in the same house without jumping on them. On a couple of occasions now he has ended up limping due to over play and will be exhausted for days after an encounter. Sometimes collapsing down during the play and then immediately getting back up to play again despite obvious signs of severe exhaustion.
This means we can’t have him in day care if any other dogs will be present as he will literally play for 12hrs straight, drink lots of water to cope and then pee inside because he is too excited and is taking on too much water. It also means we can’t socialise with our friends who have other dogs as ours will not leave their dogs alone - even if warning barks are given/he has met them a million times.
It is so important to us that he gets to a place where we can go away with other dogs and so he can go to day care with other dogs (our sitter has two so it is only ever a max of three dog’s at a time). We’re also so worried about him making himself ill so we really need help.
We’ve tried taking him away for a few minutes to calm down but as soon as we release him he starts again. In the eve, we have to physically hold him away from the other dog to get him to go to sleep. I don’t want him to think he can’t interact with other dogs because I don’t want him to fear them but we need to get him to a place where he plays like a normal puppy, even if that’s for a couple of hours but he then calms down and learns to co-exist without constant play.
Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated!