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Dog Talk 8 Explained


Buddy is  overwhelmed. Trapped in an alligator grip, who wouldn't be?

The videos in Dog Talk 8 do look a bit gruesome don’t they? While the play is not as rough as it seems it is true that the little beagle (Buddy) is overwhelmed at times.

In the picture above, you can see that Buddy’s tail is tucked and his bugged out eyes seem to be screaming “help me”. Said is actually only playing though I have to say he is playing in a way I have never seen him do before.

He is playing like all the German Shepard’s who come here do; engulfing a dog’s neck like an alligator.


This is the way Said plays gently. This kind of play Buddy can always handle!

In the first video, Buddy’s tail is up and he comes back for more every time Said lets up. He’s giving as good as he gets. He is a bit penned in by the other dogs but he appears to find that more distracting than disconcerting. One of my favorite parts of this video is when the ball rolls near his mouth and despite being pinned down he stops to chew on it for a bit. (Typical puppy attention span.)


Buddy gives back as good as he gets!

In the second video  Buddy is again clearly overwhelmed. His ears are back and h his tail is tucked. He is outside however where he knows he has the advantage of being able to outrun any dog who chases him. This little guy is fast.

Said and Boone are both relaxed and friendly (they just make a lot of noise when they play.) Said is barking “Play with me, play with me” and Boone is nudging Buddy to get up and run so they can have a good chase.

And, this is important, Buddy is one tough dog or I never would have allowed this rough play to continue. He has great dog communication skills and is eager and ready for wild play.

They are pals who can rough and tumble and relax together.

The thing is that many dogs are not used to playing with multiple dogs. They may have had play dates with one or two dogs but they don’t know how to play with 3 or more. This is common and a bit sad. There is nothing more fun that group play; which Buddy learned to love in his time at my house!

Thanks for all the great comments. As one person said , the furniture was also very overwhelmed.




  • jill 5 years ago

    My Lucy is also a noisy and wild pup when she plays, but my favorite part is when the alligator mouth (as you call it), never actually comes into contact with any part of the other dog. My Lucy's favorite way to play is to grab the other dogs' collar or harness and drag them to the ground by it, and she makes the most ferocious sounding noises when she thinks she has the upper hand. But when she knows she is not the top dog in the pile, she is silent. It is a riot to watch, if you understand how to read her noises and postures, as you seem well-equipped to do. I know exactly when she gets overwhelmed and overexcited and needs a break. And i always make sure she takes five before she escalates.

    This is a great article. Thanks so much for sharing. I will definitely link to you from my page (I am the Brickell Avenue Dogs Examiner). Keep up the great work!

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