Not every home pooch is a fan of meeting other pets. Many pets prefer to stay away from foreign dogs and do not need their company for walks. To be happy, they only need a beloved guardian, silence and peace of mind! However, the vast majority of dogs derive great pleasure from meeting and playing with other pets. How to choose mates for our dog and how to distinguish good fun from unpleasant scuffles?
How to choose dog mates?
No matter how much we try to choose the best friend for the dog, the decision will still depend on our ward. Even the two best-matched pets may not get along! However, it is not true that the guardian of the pooch has nothing to say in such a situation. Remembering these five most important rules, we can make our pet find a perfect friend with whom he will be able to play safely until he drops!
1. Similar dimensions
In order to make the interaction and play of two dogs as safe as possible, we must pay attention to the size of the two dogs we meet. Of course, they don’t have to be of the same breed or exactly the same weight. However, it is worth avoiding extremes – even the most gentle and friendly Great Dane can step on a delicate chihuahua in a fit of joy and seriously hurt it. Dogs with similar dimensions can freely chase and play with wrestling without fear or excessive caution. Their keepers will also be calmer!
2. Similar age
This tip is also not a strict rule – more than one older pooch will keep pace with an energetic puppy! However, in the case of good fun, it is important that both dogs should be characterized by similar dynamics, commitment and experience, i.e. features that often go hand in hand with age. The biggest difference between adult and juvenile dogs is the level of excitement and endurance. Older quadrupeds often lose interest in play after a few moments, while puppies can chase and jump for hours. So we should not be surprised that our aged pooch will finally get irritated after several minutes of puppy teasing and will clearly show his dissatisfaction to the youngster. And he has the right to do so!
3. The way to play
Not every pooch likes to play in the same way. Some quadrupeds consider crazy chases the best fun, others prefer to pat each other gently with their paws, while others prefer almost „brutal” wrestling on the ground floor. It is extremely important that your dog mates prefer the same way of playing. The gentle Maltese will not feel very well when it is caught by the ear of a Stafford and thrown down the drain. The heavier Bernese, on the other hand, will only be able to helplessly watch the dynamic spaniel make crazy circles around him and encourage him to an uneven race. Of course, each of these ways to play is good and healthy. Provided that it suits both dogs!
4. Bad habits
If you want to choose mates wisely for your dog, you should avoid pets that are not well behaved. It is true that dogs learn everything from each other – especially bad habits! Eating rubbish on walks, running up to any foreign dog, aggression towards passing dogs or running away are just some of the problems that your pet can see with his companion to play with!
5. Friendly attitude
Some unbalanced poops can quickly turn a good time into an unpleasant scuffle. Too much biting in wrestling, catching the backside with your teeth during chases and scaring the other dog is a sign that the encountered animal cannot have fun and does not necessarily have good intentions. Such behavior may cause our client to get scared, panic, and even respond with aggression in self-defense. That is why we must carefully observe each game with a newly met pooch and stop it immediately if the behavior of one of our pets raises our doubts.
How to choose mates for our pet?
Remember – not every dog you meet will be a good companion for your pet! Some quadrupeds do not wish to be harassed by foreign dogs. Some quadrupeds may also have various health problems that prevent them from racing or wrestling. Therefore, before you encourage your pet to play with a new friend, talk to his guardian and find out what character and preferences the other pooch has. Thanks to this, you can avoid unpleasant situations and protect your ward from a dog brawl!