Why does my dog not like playing with other dogs?

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Your dog's behavior towards other dogs may also be about you.

Sometimes when dogs feel very protective of their humans in an almost possessive way, they might become aggressive to other dogs because they do not want their humans near the other dog.


Some dogs grow up to be completely indifferent to most other dogs.

And some, like my listener's dog, respond to certain (or all) dogs with aggression.

Our dogs do need physical activity, mental activity, and social relationships.

But they don't necessarily need to get those things from other dogs.


Dogs that do not get enough play opportunities when they are young may show inappropriate behaviour in adult play with Dogs or humans.

Finally, Dogs also like to play with humans, and would prefer to play with a human than on their own when there is a toy around.


"In general, puppies can start puppy socialization classes as early as 7 to 8 weeks of age.

Puppies should receive a minimum of one set of vaccines at least 7 days prior to the first class and a first deworming.


Why do dogs love tennis balls so much? As it turns out, the instinct to chase a ball is basically a watered down version of their predatory drive from years past.

When you throw a tennis ball for your furry friend, it's erratic movements mimic those of the prey their ancestors used to chase and kill.


Don't judge him, though - it's just because he loves you.

Your dirty socks smell like you, and chewing on them makes your dog feel a little bit closer to you.

This is especially prevalent in dogs who have separation anxiety.

Chewing on your smelly sock is like wrapping himself up in a security blanket.


Dogs have a very nuanced way of playing.

This goes back to things contained within your dog's ancient wolf DNA.

There is a component to their destruction of new toys that aligns itself with natural hunting instincts that still surface from time to time.

They want their prey to react when they "hunt" it.


Dog and cat play use the same behaviors as hunting, attack, and aggressive behavior, but the pets use "meta signals" to let the other party know it's all in good fun.

Doggy play includes growls, whines and barks.

cat play typically is silent.

If your cats become vocal during play, it's time to stop the games.

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