I have a hovawart that plays very aggressively with dogs of any size or gender - so much so that I used to stop her at times thinking that things would escalate to blood. I'd make them break for a while before letting them resume. I've come to understand that the fierce growls I heard coming out of her were just her very vocal way of playing. Which is strange because she's not vocal when it comes to anything else. But play is a whole other thing. She's just as scary when she plays with my husband - but never ever with me. One of their favorite games for her to keep my husband from approaching me as I"m sitting on the floor. She attacks him with such ferocity that it always scares me and we've had to ratchet the play level down. So what I"d do is let them play until it got to be too scary. Make them take a break, then let them resume and keep doing this until things either got too scary or they exhausted themselves. Good luck to all.
Answered by Anonymous - 6/16/2012 8:56:37 PM