If she presses her body into yours and avoids looking at the other dog, she’s showing relief at the interruption and you should help her avoid the other dog.
If she pulls against your grip in an attempt to interact with the other dog, release her.
However, each time, Sam would try his hardest to get to Sage, despite the inevitable pinning.
As Sam grew larger, eventually matching Sage in weight, Sage added body slams and mounting to their play.
When people interrupt really rowdy play, they assume that they are “playing it safe,” that is, doing no harm. Our research shows that for many dogs, play fighting is the primary method used to negotiate new relationships and develop lasting friendships.
Although play is fun, it also offers serious opportunities to communicate with another dog. Thus, when we regularly break up what we consider “inappropriate” play, are we doing our dogs a service, or confusing them by constantly butting into their private conversations? First, we need to determine whether both dogs are enjoying themselves and want to continue playing. Their movements may be light, bouncy and exaggerated and they may have relaxed, open mouths (like those on Bark’s Smiling Dog pages).
However, despite the overlap in behaviors, some clear differences exist between play fighting and real fighting.Marc Bekoff, while at the University of Colorado, did a study showing that dogs are most likely to play bow just before or immediately after performing an especially assertive behavior, such as a bite accompanied by a head shake.