Hello! I would love some help please! I live with my grandparents, they have a terrier who is about 13/14, old enough to be a little bit stiff in the mornings but still pretty active and cheeky.
I have a border collie/rottie mix dog who is about a year. Since day one they have played together, they play fight constantly. Occasionally however my dog will accidentally hurt the terrier as she is much bigger than him.
Very rarely the fights will turn aggressive and need to be broken up, it's happening more and more often at the minute. My grandfather does not really deal with it effectively as he just yells at/smacks my dog and allows his to get away with murder ?. Very often it is the terrier who instigates these play fights, I would say about 65% of the time.
However because of the size difference he is the one who ends up getting hurt or being in a vulnerable position. I don't want to stop them playing but I would like to find a way to control it.Is there an effective way of encouraging them to stop when they go too far so we don't just end up screaming at them all the time?
Thank you so much for reading this and if you have any suggestions I would be so gratefull?
Sorry to hear about the dogs fighting. It's likely that things will get worse unless there is some sort of control put in place. The dogs (or at least your dog) need to be taught to respond to a command - perhaps 'come' and when the play starts getting rough your dog needs to return to you and the dogs given time to calm down.
How much physical exercise and mental stimulation does your dog get every day?
Very difficult,but grandads smacking and shouting won't be much help,the shouting will make him sound as though he is joining in with the game.I agree a short sharp cooling off command is needed for both dogs,either leave!! or off!! or similar which is a quick no nonsense command,then remove both dogs to their beds/resting place.Terriers can be quite reactive,and the collie/rotties size can mean accidental hurt though terriers are pretty nimble on their toes.Don't give up,they will eventually get the message,it's just something dogs do,like children piling into each other and going a bit too far. P.S.do they go on walks together and have access to off lead exercise? Long walks or more regular shorter walks are good for getting rid of surplus energy and stimulating their brains,they love sniffing around and checking 'wee mails'.