Scout Meets Rudy
As we’ve learned, puppies need to be socialized to as many people and sniff as many other dog butts as possible during their early months at home… Especially with our Scout being such a social butterfly now, we’d like to keep him that way as he grows up. (just need to teach him not to jump up but that’ll be for another time).
Our neighbour down the hall has a puppy too and we were excited to have them play together finally after at least one got his shots. Rudy is a wheaton terrier – poodle mix and is full of energy too!
I completely turned into the protective mom when we first introduced them since Rudy is quite a bit bigger than Scout and as you’ll see in the video has some sweet wrestling and hip-checking moves! I’m so glad that Richard, my fiancé, was there to bring in the voice of reason: “This is how puppies play and they’ll let each other know when enough is enough…” It took a lot of my own self-control to not pull my dog from underneath this other puppy, but he did eventually let Scout take over.
I guess this is what happens when big dogs play with smaller ones. The bigger dog will let the smaller one take the upper hand after a while… It’s hard to hear your dog let out a squeal too if someone takes too hard a chomp! But I guess that’s how they learn and why this socialization/biting process is so important. I found this article helpful and reassuring when it comes to just letting the dogs “play it out.”
And as I watched my own dog interact with another, the natural pauses in play do occur as suggested in another article – a good indication that the play is safe. Whew! I’m sure these two will look forward to many play dates in the future! (great way to burn off some of that crazy puppy energy!)