... who could watch their furkids play for hours on end! (Clearly I have a lot of time on my hands! LOL!!)
But I like to watch the dynamics of their play, who instigates what and when and why. For example...
Ollie almost always instigates play, whether it be pawing at Henery or taking one of Hen's favourite toys and taunting him with it.
When they biteyface/wrestle, Ollie likes to use his paws much more than Hen, who uses his mouth almost 100%. Hen likes to grab legs and head whereas Ollie is almost always a head and neck grabber.
Ollie is almost always the one pinned on the bottom.
Observations on your kids?
I don't think being pinned on the bottom in a play fight has the same meaning as for humans...not a losing position. I have seen mine intentionally roll over and continue bitey face on their backs like Ollie. It's part of the game.
My boys bitey face fight at a much more intense level than the girls. Mitzi especially wants nothing to do with it, but she likes to play with Judy when the boys are not around.
Rush and Boo have different Bitey Face games. Lazy, they both lay down and thrash their faces at each other. Regular Bitey Face where they are both up and down, and running around. All out Bitey Face where they are both running around, barking, jumping, play bowing and grabbing each other's ruff. Then, there is EXTREME Bitey Face that we usually don't allow for too long because Boo gets all crazy and out of control running, barking, and body slamming Rush really hard. Rush will give chase but she isn't an extreme kind of girl and will usually get tired of the extreme real quick and sit down. Boo will continue to harass her until we tell her to dial it down a notch. But in all the games, Rush is always the #1 and calls the shots. She will put Boo in her place if she doesn't want to play but will go along with it for a while and then call the game. Boo gets all disappointed, but someone has to think, and it's usually Rush.
You should see the dynamics when three are playing together.
Sally is the barker and uses her paws a lot and does sneak attacks from the side.
Hoppy bites everyone's legs, lies on his back and emits this whining/yowling/gurgling sound.
Spud never makes a sound and doesn't get too physical either.
Badger looks at them like they are all crazy and then goes back to sleep.
Oh you are not the only one, Felicia!
When I am home Daisy's playmate is Shadie, the 19 lb. Aussie. They both LOVE to play and live for it.
Daisy is a pouncer and loves to use her front legs to paw at Shadie. Shadie's favorite move is to try and drag all 70 lbs of Daisy around by the scruff of Daisy's neck. They love to lay on the floor together and have a good game of bitey face, both are usually on their sides or on their backs. Daisy also loves to "chatter" all over Shadie.
When Daisy and I are at my fiance's Daisy's playmate is Lola, our lab mix.
Until about a week ago Lola did not know how to play. Daisy and Lola now enjoy bitey face, which usually takes place with Lola on her back and Daisy standing and hopping around. Daisy loves to try and jump at Lola and LOVES to taunt Lola with toys and play a good game of chase.
Right now Daisy and Shadie are enjoying deer antlers on the floor and keep trading off their antlers, very cute!
Daisy, Hayshaker She's Utterly Unforgettable, CGC
Lola, our mellow yellow gal. Gotcha on 1-7-07
I can watch mine all day. I love to see the interactions of my three. That is my problem.....not much gets done around the house when I sit & watch them.
We've been watching Jake and Charlotte since about 7:30 - it's now 9:15
Jake never rolls on his back anymore - Charlotte is too clumsy and would probably crush his internal organs lol. She is constantly on her back, flopping over and rolling around. They both bitey-face and use their paws, although Charlotte's bites are still more snapping than Jake's gentle bites, but Jake makes up for it by plopping her on the floor with a swift whapp! of his paws when she's being bad. Then he chews on her chest and she chews on his neck for a while.
Both of them are passed out now as I'm typing this, hopefully we can watch the baseball game a little before they wake up!
Only after the last tree has been cut down, only after the last river has been poisoned, only after the last fish has been caught, only then will you find that money cannot be eaten. - Cree prophecy
Honestly, there are some days that watching their antics are what gets me though a rough day!
But not just that, i also love to watch them interact as a pack. Facinating.
I'm with Kim, it is fascinating!
I watch mine all the time. Rhys is mostly the instigator with both girls, he'll shove a toy in their face or walk by and grab a leg.
With the girls, its seemingly Gin that always instigates, but if you watch closely, I'll catch Ruby staring at Gin wagging her tail.
Ruby and Rhys don't play together much, more a loving relationship, but Gin and Ruby and Gin and Rhys are both interesting dynamics.
'Don't grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach.'
~ Michelle Held
Rhys, Ruby and Nola