Play Behavior aggressive at times and confusing

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Play Behavior aggressive at times and confusing

Postby johnny » Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:50 pm

I'm sure if I knew flyers well it would all be obvious.

I have a 7 week old male, perhaps slightly older, he has been with me 2 weeks and likes to play, which includes wrestling and chase and tag. At certain times he will approach my finger and initiate wrestling, but then often flips on his back and goes into a defensive mode where he vocalizes and seems ready to nip hard, although he hasn't done so, in part because I back off when the aggression seems to be mounting.

At these moments, I sometimes just keep my hand still and rest my fingers away from him - then he comes up and tries to get the same dynamic started again.

He also sometimes vocalizes as he runs past or one me while we hang together on the couch, presently the place where I am allowing him to run free. These vocalizations can be barely audible, not squeaks but not sure how to describe, just a one syllable sound, as opposed to his chirping/churring/buzzing that seems more excitement than warning, although in finger wrestling seems a warning.

Can anyone clue me into what his perceptions are? I want to give him the play he wants while encouraging positive interaction and inculcating good habits.

Sometimes I wonder if he gets a bit overwhelmed being out of his cage too long at this point. Often, when I round him up, he seems relieved and excited to be back in the cage - or am I just reading something in him that isn't there? He has a largish cage which he has seemed to enjoy from the start.

Along the same lines - sometimes he genuinely seems to want to be in his own space in the cage and doesn't need me, which is fine and great - I just want to make sure he's getting what he needs to grow into a healthy adult.

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Re: Play Behavior aggressive at times and confusing

Postby Joan » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:37 am

johnny wrote:...At certain times he will approach my finger and initiate wrestling, but then often flips on his back and goes into a defensive mode where he vocalizes and seems ready to nip hard, although he hasn't done so, in part because I back off when the aggression seems to be mounting.


Just like puppies and kittens, they learn from mama and siblings when play is too rough and like all babies they explore with their mouth. As long as he doesn't bite hard, it's OK. When he's too rough say NO! and stop playing.

These vocalizations can be barely audible, not squeaks but not sure how to describe, just a one syllable sound, as opposed to his chirping/churring/buzzing that seems more excitement than warning, although in finger wrestling seems a warning.


You will learn his vocalizations once he gets you trained. :twisted: They also speak ultrasonically where you can't hear, but you will see the mouth and/or throat move.

Can anyone clue me into what his perceptions are? I want to give him the play he wants while encouraging positive interaction and inculcating good habits.

As long as he's not drawing blood, it's fine. As far as his perceptions go I know they think we are stupid at times and slow to be trained. :twisted:

Often, when I round him up, he seems relieved and excited to be back in the cage - or am I just reading something in him that isn't there? He has a largish cage which he has seemed to enjoy from the start.

His cage is his home and he likes it there. Once he gets a wheel in there he may go back and forth. I always kept the cage door open when mine were out and they would go back to nap or run the wheel.

Along the same lines - sometimes he genuinely seems to want to be in his own space in the cage and doesn't need me, which is fine and great - I just want to make sure he's getting what he needs to grow into a healthy adult.

Don't worry about him ... you are doing great and he will have you properly trained in no time. :twisted:
"A lot of people spend time talking to the Animals, but not that many people listen. That's the real problem! ... Winnie the Pooh

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Re: Play Behavior aggressive at times and confusing

Postby johnny » Sun Sep 24, 2017 4:03 am

TY, Joan -

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Re: Play Behavior aggressive at times and confusing

Postby johnny » Sun Sep 24, 2017 4:19 am

I did realize after posting to stop playing - I just stayed still and he calmed a bit - I'm still not sure if he thought I was the one who had the issues, not him. His play shifted either because of me being more passive, or more likely because he is growing and changing rapidly. His movements are rapid now and he works f huge amounts of energy running around me me on the couch and on me. he explored his exercise wheel immediately but hasn't run on it that I know of - but he runs back and forth on the couch, on me, into my shirt, out. He is adult size or close to it.

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Re: Play Behavior aggressive at times and confusing

Postby Joan » Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:29 am

They do have energy. I call them Jack Russells on cafiene. :twisted: They reach adult size fast but bulk up later. The two of you are getting to know each other better and this will continue. These little furballs are very smart.
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