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Hi Barb,
I'm back! :) You helped me so much with my 4 month old French Bulldog Rubie with housebreaking, I thought I would ask another question.
My son and daughter-in-law own a French Bulldog too and they are going to leave us the 6 month old Kima for 9 days (as of 7/25). Both girls have met a few times and love to play with each other - A LOT! Actually they do not know when to stop.
My husband and I have observed their play for hours and its all healthy, never gets out of hand but it doesn't end.
What should I do? How long should they be allowed to play?
After a couple of hours we place them in their crates for 45 minutes to an hour but then its starts right back up again. Also, they drink an awful lot during play and then the pee fest starts in the apartment and its very frustrating because Kima is fully housebroken and Rubie is 95% there.
Any advice you can give will be fantastic!
Thanks & take care, Anna Marie

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Hi again Anna Marie!  You are right to be concerned with excessive play with pups.  They can get over-aroused and things can get rough quickly. They can also get over-heated, even playing inside.  Interrupt play frequently (5-10 minutes), calling the dogs off to separate corners.  Praise and reward the pup for coming.  Give a high value treat.  If she doesn't come, gently remove her from play and hold her until she calms down and relaxes.  After she physically calms, release her back to play again as a reward.  During one of these play breaks, take them both outside to potty every half hour.  Let me know if you have any questions.  Good luck puppy-sitting!

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Barb Gadola, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP

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I can answer questions related to problem dog behaviors, teaching polite manners, puppy raising, and any type of training-related issues. My website page, www.DistinctiveDogTraining.com/resources offers a wealth of information on training and behavior issues as well.

Experience

I've been training dogs since 1989 and own and operate Distinctive Dog Training LLC in Keller TX. I specialize in providing practical and positive solutions for families through personalized training in their home.

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Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner
Victoria Stilwell Positively! Licensed Trainer
Association of Pet Dog Trainers
Association of Animal Behavior Professionals
Truly Dog Friendly Coalition

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BS in Education
Graduate work in Behavioral Psychology
Karen Pryor Academy Dog Training Program
Certified Professional Dog Trainer

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