Safe Play Guide
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SAFE PLAY GUIDE:
|APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR||INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR|
|Play is balanced. Lots of “back and forth” and give and take (they switch roles frequently). Both dogs are having fun.||Aggressive playing, grabbing or pulling, excessive barking, growling with teeth showing, biting, harassing, or bullying.|
|Dogs have loose, relaxed bodies and ears. Their movements are silly and inefficient-looking. Tails are wagging.||Body slamming, pinning, and mounting other dogs.|
|Chase, wrestling, and tugging games exhibit a sense of sharing and are evenly matched.||Ganging up or excessive dominance of any kind. If one dog is being chased into hiding or is becoming defensive, interrupt the play.|
|Friendly play gestures. Playful “bows” with their front end down to the ground. Stopping when things get too rough.||Snapping or biting. Snarling with lips curled. These often happen when scared, aggravated, exhausted, or guarding a toy.|
|WHAT TO DO IF YOUR DOG IS EXHIBITING ANY SIGNS OF INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR|
|1. Call your dog and remove them away from play. Clap or make a loud noise if need be to get their attention.|
|2. Allow your dog to fully calm down to a level zero before you release them back to play.|
|3. If your dog goes back to inappropriate behavior, take a leashed timeout in the bar area until your dog has completely calmed down.|
|4. After re-entry, if your dog goes back to acting inappropriately, then it’s time to go home for the day.|
Reactive Dog Spaces
To ensure the best possible experience for all dogs and their owners we only have 4 reactive dog spaces where dogs can play at each hour-long session. Reservations in advance are recommended, as walk-in availability is limited. We reserve the right to turn your dog away if we are full.