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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!

Thank you

Lucy
 

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A lot of puppies don't know when it's time to rest around other dogs .
That's why we choose it for them.
If you have crate trained him, mandatory rest is pretty easy.
Even most dog daycares have a nap time.
The dogs are separated for a couple of hours mid day to rest.
 

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I have to agree with TR. We're fairly new to V's (2-yr old male and 6-month out female). And after having Labs for 30+ years (three in total) we had to learn "when to force shutdown". Labs by nature know. From our limited experience of just two years, and from learning a TON of info here on the forum, you have to take proactive steps to shut down your V. Simple stop exciting them and/or "crate time". If not they will literally go & go & go & go. The only thing that we've experienced slows down of V's is 90F+ degree temps. For some reason that is their kryptonite.....lol.

And after just re-reading your post, some of what you are describing is "puppy syndrome". Our 6-month old female gives our 2-yr male V a run for his money. It's payback for what he did to our aging Lab before he passed at 13-yrs old in April. He tortured that poor guy for the 1-1/2 they were together.

Anyway, again, from our experience you have to tell these when to shut down. Just be firm and most importantly consistent.

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Hi Again, Lucy...

I just answered your other post, and it seems as if your expectations are in need of adjustment. Is this your first dog? A lot of what you're describing is fairly normal, pups interact by play "Fighting", and it's both good fun and good for them. Keep an eye out for bullying or when one has had enough....you can tell b/c the tone changes fairly dramatically, one or both will clearly seem very pissed off.

Also, at 5 months, he should be going on long, off lead hikes and adventures daily to burn of the energy. If he's crazed with other dogs it might be an indication that isn't happening.
 
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