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    DefaultPuppy playing with older dog- how rough is too rough?

    My son has a very sweet German Shepherd/husky mix who comes over on often to visit.
    My 9 month old lab puppy absolutely loves playing with him. However, my sons dog plays very rough.
    It's just his play style. He body slams her, runs so fast he knocks her over & she hits the ground hard.

    There is a size difference- he's almost twice her size. She doesn't mind the rough play at all but it worries me.
    My family thinks I'm paranoid. But I had a dog blow out his ACL (knee) years ago playing rough and I worry about
    joint injuries, etc.

    My son does try to get his dog to play more gently, and tires him out before he comes over. That helps some- but she literally hit the ground at least 7 times while playing yesterday.

    Help!!

    Terry (and Cami)

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    i don't allow body slamming or getting knocked over since that can cause damage



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    I never ran into this when my dogs were young. I did, however, witness (for the first time in my dog life) the body slamming when my 10 year old lab, Flynn was on his last legs (literally). Seamus (lab, much larger than Flynn) began this body-nudging Flynn out of the way when it was bed time or greets at the front door. I think this ONLY took place because Seamus knew something was terribly wrong with Flynn and he was trying to physically exclude him from the rest of the healthy pack. Seamus does not assert himself in this manner. Never.

    It broke my heart. Just... shattered me. No time to begin corrections, although I did try to ward it off the second or third time I witnessed it. Flynn was gone within two weeks of this new behaviour from Shea.

    Seamus and Flynn

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    I would never allow body slamming or the smaller dog being knocked to the ground either. Really, really bad idea.
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    agree with the above posts. Put a stop to it or stop the play dates.

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    Thank you so much for all your responses! My son is not going to allow his dog to be rough with her anymore. If he even attempts body slams- that's it for me.
    I don't want her hurt. His dog won't be allowed to play with her at all.
    Luckily his dog is very well trained so we'll see what happens.

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