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Post by Lynseyw01 on Sat Apr 02 2016, 11:03

Hello, I have a staffy x (English and American) and she goes to the off leash dog park. She's only been able to go in the last few weeks due to her vaccinations. I have been told by many that staffies can be dog aggressive so I want her around other dogs from a young age.
There are a few small pups at the fork park but mostly bigger 1yr + dogs.
My question is... Is it normal for staffie pups to be so confident? She is scared of nothing and play fights with big huge dogs. Sometimes she rolls over and sometimes she's jumping and biting their face non stop. She starts to get over excited and pulls her lips back and growling as she jumps up to play attack their face.
People keep telling me she's going to be a handful and they've never seen such a confident puppy at three months. They're not staffies though.
Can anyone relate?

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Post by AussieStaff on Sat Apr 02 2016, 11:11

100%! Welcome to the staffy world!! :lol"


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Re: Puppy growling

Post by -Ian- on Sat Apr 02 2016, 11:11

Hi & Welcome to the Forum from Flo and me Big Grin

Yes it is completely normal for Staffy puppies to be fearless and they all play rough whether young or old. It can be difficult for non-Staffy owners to see the difference between play and aggression.

If you see your little one becoming too excited simply stop the play and have a little time out. Two crucial pieces of advice are, ensure you have excellent recall in place which will enable you to pull her from the Rough play should it get too rough and keep up with the socialisation, the more they interact with other dogs the more they will learn.


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Post by Lynseyw01 on Sat Apr 02 2016, 11:21

She does come when there are no distractions but it's an area we need to put in a lot of work.

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Post by -Ian- on Sat Apr 02 2016, 11:31

In my opinion recall is the most important, it can stop any situation going bad. It is a lot of work but you can make it fun with different games


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Post by LizP on Sat Apr 02 2016, 12:13

I agree with Ian but would put it differently. Rather than recall, which means come here, I use 'enough' which means stop playing. If you have a look in the video section, you'll see that my guys are very vocal and very rough! But, any time I call 'enough' they will break off (I admit I sometimes have to repeat it to get myself heard Laughing ).

I teach it using high value treats (dried sprats or cheese). Get your pup playing but not so she's no longer listening, then call 'enough' in a nice fun way while sticking a treat under her nose. She should stop playing for the treat. Practise this quite a bit until she's really good, then move to not showing her the treat first. She should be learning that 'enough!' means there's a yummy treat for her. Then up the play, getting her excited and using all sorts of really fun toys, tuggy toys, squeaky ones, whatever will be really fun for her. Get her playing well, then call 'enough' and give her a treat the second she stops playing.

Build up gradually, don't expect her to be perfect straight off, and you should soon be able to do the same thing in the middle of a game with other dogs. Teach her that the same thing will happen, first of all breaking off the play when it has only just started (after 30 seconds or so), so she's not got hyper and will still hear you, then work to being able to come for her treat any time.

The other thing I'd say is to break up play earlier rather than later. Staffies do tend to build up their excitement beyond where many other dogs go.

When other owners see that you have good control (probably better than they have!) and that you are considerate of their dogs' needs, they should hopefully relax.


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Post by Mia05 on Sun Apr 03 2016, 10:19

hiya and welcome to the forum from me and mia id also invest in a longline topractise your recall all the pups behaviour sounds normal to me get frozen veg such as carrot and cauiflower and nylabones to relieve sore gums , theres also tug toys too .


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Post by gillybrent on Sun Apr 03 2016, 14:08

hi & welcome.

i think liz's advice is spot on!

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