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    I have 2 maltese poodle puppies, about 4 months old. They are generally pretty well behaved, although when they get really playful and wrestle with each other they often bark a lot which resonates through the whole house and is really annoying. I try to put them outside as soon as they start getting loud and boisterous, and they will stop playing immediately and sit at the door, barking to be let in. I have tried different techniques to stop the barking. Once they are calm I let them in and they go right back to wrestling and barking loudly.

    Any ideas how I can teach them that playtime is ok outside but not inside?

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    Put them outside every time they start to be noisy and leave them out there. My staffies are very vocal when they play, specially Harley. It is annoying but you have to remember they are dogs. They don't understand that them playing and making noise is annoying.

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    I like it when dogs are vocal in their play, IMO it's a good sign that they are simply playing and not fighting. Embrace it, kick back with a beer and enjoy watching your dogs loving life rather than try to stop it. Pay attention to the way they play and the mannerisms(sp? lol) they display, it will help you learn when they are just playing with an unknown dog and when they are getting serious ...

    When dogs are playing and they're growling and carrying on, generally that is their way of play fighting without actually biting. I've encountered many dogs much larger than my pup who clearly reaslise they are overmatched and instread of actually play biting they are happy to do a little growling instead.
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    Thanks for the feedback, the issue is not them playing and making noise. I WANT them to play. The issue is when I put them outside, they immediately stop playing and just whinge at the back door to come in. No matter how long I ignore them they don't play outside. Then as soon as I let them in they go right back to going crazy

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    My dog and our housemates dog are a bit like that. They don't actually bark but there is lots of loud growling when they play and they are pretty wild. They're not small dogs either so it's a bit of a hazard when they start wrestling eachother in the kitchen! And they always gravitate towards where the people are. Sit on the couch and they'll be half lying on your feet biting eachother. Move to another room and they'll continue their game right where you're standing or sitting. And same thing, if you put them outside when they're getting too rowdy, they just sit at the back door waiting and as soon as you late them in it's game on again.

    So no solution from me either, I'm afraid. We just put up with it most of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julyan Stephens View Post
    Thanks for the feedback, the issue is not them playing and making noise. I WANT them to play. The issue is when I put them outside, they immediately stop playing and just whinge at the back door to come in. No matter how long I ignore them they don't play outside. Then as soon as I let them in they go right back to going crazy
    What I do is I mix it up a bit. I let my pup play indoors with the other dogs. When I have had enough she goes in her crate. I play with the dogs outside as well so they enjoy playing outside too. You often need to be involved to get that happening and find some interesting toys. Do some structured training as well, one on one. They are only babies so you cant expect them to understand too much. So structure their life a little more and get involved yourself. I want my dogs to interact with me as well as with each other. Having two pups the same age has never really been recommended, most people find it harder that way, but it can be managed, you just need to put in some extra effort.

    Dont think because you have 2 puppies that you dont need to put some effort in and get involved. Get out in the backyard and get playing with them. It is actually quite relaxing in an odd sort of way. Then bring them inside and put them in their crates for a snooze. Works a charm with my lot. Do you take them for walks?
    Last edited by Kalacreek; 03-22-2013 at 09:12 PM.

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