Romp/"Rough Play"

Outlets for such dogs can be found in agility training and or specialized facilities that offer a place for pet's that have great amounts of energy and romp play. There's nothing fundamentally 'wrong' with 'rough house' play, although, for me here, play should be fun, not considered "rough." How one calls it or views it, dogs (as I'm sure, you) have limitations. Because all dogs differ in their play; because I am one human housing such, rough house/romp play is not a fit here. Certain breeds are naturally 'more' energetic and inclined to pounce, assert dominance and lead.  Consider a Border Collie that is bred for rounding sheep, the exuberance and intelligence for such work is fascinating. 


Energetic outlets can be had at many environments. Outdoor ball time, a run with your dog. Dog parks, doggy day cares and etc. The grooming salon here I provide and energetically embody across the salon is one of comfort, fun, enjoyment and chill. Dogs initial approach can be one of extreme excitement, but then settle into the atmosphere of such, thus adjusting to their surroundings. Consider the intent for ball play at the park. You train your dog for such experience and the dog is receptive to such, they're excited to go! Play time with you. Ball. Some dog's complete dream day! Likewise, your dog is trained and receptive to the salon environment, here.  Just as your dog knows a car ride, the vet,

a visit to the park, guests here enjoy "going to see Nina."

Whether a dog adheres to the environment here and of the 'pack' is per the dog's natural response; which is why dogs that are a fit have been generally trained to enjoy going places as a whole, that result in the enjoyment of both dog and pet owner when visiting here. 

What's play look like, here?

Guests at the salon here generally find their place within the pack, often by greeting each other and then going about their day with a nap or some sniff and roam time. Some dog guests enjoy ball or squeaker play. Some dog guests play with each other and make lasting friendships throughout the day. When observing such play, often it is one or the other dog that 'needs a break' and the play is subsided until they come to agree to play some more, or don't, each dog in their own, a beautiful and natural way of honoring each other. 

In contrast, dogs that are not a fit, include consistent instigation of 'play' when another dog has reached a limit and no longer wishes to play. Generally, this is a sign of the dogs limit and the other is not heeding the signal. For whichever reason, the two are not on the same page. One wants to play, the other is finished. When instigated, the dog who has been finished playing can become aggressive and snap or seek a spot to relax from such instigation to make it known the dog is finished.  The dog who wants to 'play' is not finished, (often, this is a puppy response for they have yet learned, though, not always.) The dog who is finished, is merely finished. Both could adequately adjust to the confines of a shared agreement- but cannot -for reasons unknown. The solution is finding a fit environment for both dogs as well as cultivating one. 

Instigating Play

For the safety and enjoyment of the dog guests here, dogs who frequent the salon here are not instigating play dogs and pet's are required to be a year of age or older. Dog's here are playful, yes. They adhere a 'pack' of support. Likewise, excessive romp or rough house play can be a fit for a dog through outlets for such energy; such as agility or a bit more personalized training to offer the dog "a job."  I have seen the effects of training within noting said instigation play to pet owners and the results are amazing. Sometimes, it is necessary for a dog to 'let the other dog know' through behaviors such as a snap or bark to establish dominance of the dogs' own. However, a dog who must continually do so is great for a training boot camp or the like because they are a fit for the position in which they are trained- to assert dominance and teach this to other dogs. (Generally, house pets are not trained for such...)  Often, a single snap/bark results in the instigation subsiding, however, the instigating dog will go onto another dog having yet learned; causing the instigating dog to potential harm from 'snaps' and supportive dogs actually having to snap. It's unnecessary and preventable. 


 A dog that is a fit, comes to the salon receptive and expectant of love for and from humans and their other dog friends.

 Instigation of play is not a fit here.