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12 February 2024
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12 February 2024 - 2:28 am
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We’ve had our Tripawd for 4 years and she’s always been a quick rough chase play type of dog with our other dog who we just lost in December. She stopped eating after our loss so we rescued another dog for her and she’s so happy, but this dog is younger than her and she wants to rough house and because our new dog is young it’s a longer period of play. I’m trying to figure out what is too much for her, especially since she’s getting older, when she is the initiator for rough play. 

They communicate to each other well and she will tell the new dog when she’s had enough, but as they’re becoming closer friends she wants to play longer. 

Thank you! 

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12 February 2024 - 10:10 am
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Lauren, welcome! What is your dog's name? She is so lucky to have such a conscientious human, your intuition is spot on and we are so glad you asked this question.

First, I'm sorry you lost your other dog, that's so hard for everyone and I can't blame you for wanting to find her another sibling. It's great they get along so well! 

What rehab / physio therapists tell us is that prolonged highly "explosive" activity is not ideal for a Tripawd. What they are usually talking about is activity like high impact sports (frisbee, chuck-it) and running, chasing at the dog park, that kind of thing. So when you say that your dogs rough house are you taking about in the house? Or chasing each other around the yard all day? In both cases, doing your best to monitor how long your Tripawd plays is ideal, and watching for signs of exhaustion and requiring time-outs is idea. But we know that can be hard. Just check out Jack's posts about his Tripawds

There are lots of things you can do to make sure your Tripawd stays strong enough to keep up with your other dog, without hurting herself. A visit to a canine rehab therapist can have her evaluated for her strengths and weaknesses, and let you know some exercises you can do with her that will keep her strong and injury free. Tripawds Foundation can pay for your first rehab visit too so it's a win-win!

I hope this helps. We look forward to learning all about your Tripawd and your new dog too!

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