I’m tossing this one out to you, dear readers.
Silas plays one and only one game with other dogs: chase. He doesn’t seem to care if he’s in the front or the back, he just wants to run. Heck, he doesn’t even care if the other dog is running with him–he’s happy to follow along while the other dog fetches a ball and completely ignores him.
I’ve been letting him play with other dogs a little more, and I’m seeing a behavior that I’m not really sure about.
Say Silas wants you (you in this scenario are a dog) to play chase. You’re sitting there, chewing on some clover, having a nice time not playing. To get you to stop sitting and start running, Silas walks up behind you and pokes you in the rear end with his front paw. It isn’t a mounting thing, just a poke. (It’s actually eerily similar to how my husband “gets” Silas when they play chase.)
Is this an acceptable doggy protocol, or is he being a bully? Someone at the park on Friday said that they hadn’t really seen a dog do that before. Is this going to get us in trouble when he’s playing with someone larger than 15 pounds? His body language is good, otherwise.