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      I see the four paw flip from the handlers body with border collies all the time -- mostly in disc dog and sometimes in agility and trick dog stuff as well as parkour (sp?). Lots of people into border collies around here. Sounds like that is what they are doing with the dog from your description. I can't tell how big that dog is, but border collies are very light on their feet and also just light in general (like 35 lbs). That dog looks to be at least 50 lbs and it's not like Labs are exactly feather footed dogs. So, can't really tell what's going on based on your post. I let Linus jump on me but it's trained and cued and he doesn't do it to anyone else nor does he "surprise" me.

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      Quote Originally Posted by silverfz View Post
      The dog is not mine. I clearly said that these were labs I see at rhe park.

      It was the first time I saw lab go air borne into the owner chest with all 4 paws some 4 feet in the air.



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      I didn't think they were yours. It was addressed to anyone who allows body slamming.

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      Quote Originally Posted by voodoo View Post
      chili does this but we have taught not to touch us...so he just a jumpin jack now lol. bucking up and down like pogo stick.
      You might want to curtail that, too.

      My Honey was constantly "dog on a pogo stick". She also proved to be the other thing I called her all her life...."bad hips waiting to happen".

      [I'd be fixing her food and she'd be nosing my ear as I did...yes, I was standing at the time.]

      Her back end went up on her when she was about 10.

      Even though she was most likely a poorly bred field girl (her AKC papers implied that she was probably off an Amish puppy farm...we'd gotten her from people who'd bought her and most likely couldn't stand her bad habits for more than the week they kept her), she had no indication of HD when x-rayed at her spay. I'm convinced she messed herself up with that jumping.
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      My OH was pretty surprised when I told him the big long scratch starting at my shoulder and running down my arm was from a dog who pogo jumped and got me with her toenail on the way back down. Her head was level with mine, I'm 5' 8". To be fair, her owner was working on it but not very effectively.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Snowshoe View Post
      You are pretty tall, Jeff. I think we need a video of Hemi running and jumping up to body slam you in your chest. Do you catch him?
      LOL much to his dismay yes I do catch him sometimes. This happens only outside, he has never done it in the house. Usually associates with some zoomies as well. Which is why he doesn't enjoy being caught because the zoomies stop. Also usually i have instigated is as well some times. Hiding behind a tree, peeking out, he sees me as he rushes around I go around the tree to keep hiding, eventually I come charging out from behind the tree to chase him. Something that leads to an excited zoomie filled lab. Sometimes I dodge him at the last second he flies on by in the air, to land and come back for more.

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      Quote Originally Posted by dxboon View Post
      Body slamming is very common for Labradors. It's why a lot of other breeds don't like to play with them. That trait, and the fact that most Labradors have no sense of personal space. Many other breeds don't like their play style and only act that familiar with dogs that they either live with or have known for some time. Labradors tend to be in your face, instant best friends with all. Many guardian and herding breeds in particular will react with annoyance (or worse) when faced with a rowdy young Labrador who wants to play and doesn't understand when their new "friend" responds with barking and growling. I always watch my dogs' interactions closely with new dogs. I would never encourage my dogs to body slam me. It would take some management to make sure your dog doesn't equate being allowed to body slam you with being allowed to body slam just anybody. It's an accident waiting to happen.
      I agree with this. It’s interesting, but my Labs only play this way with each other, and prefer not to play with other Labs because they are uncomfortable interacting like this with strangers - maybe they spent too much time being socialized with border collies and other Obedience dogs as pups? They all tried it on us when they were young, but we taught them not to for safety reasons. They will body slam each other but prefer chase games like keep away (with a toy) with new dogs.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Annette47 View Post
      I agree with this. It’s interesting, but my Labs only play this way with each other, and prefer not to play with other Labs because they are uncomfortable interacting like this with strangers - maybe they spent too much time being socialized with border collies and other Obedience dogs as pups? They all tried it on us when they were young, but we taught them not to for safety reasons. They will body slam each other but prefer chase games like keep away (with a toy) with new dogs.
      When our pups were younger (i.e., Sunnie full grown and Dan still a puppy), Sunnie would chase Danny and try to pull his legs out from under him. Dan would dive under a bush, come out on the other side, and body slam Sunnie. We put a stop to outdoors playing because someone would always come up limping.

      I have a sneaking suspicion that Sunnie's rough way of playing is one of the reasons why Dan doesn't trust other dogs. (Some mothers really do ruin their kids.)

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      Quote Originally Posted by Annette47 View Post
      I agree with this. It’s interesting, but my Labs only play this way with each other, and prefer not to play with other Labs because they are uncomfortable interacting like this with strangers - maybe they spent too much time being socialized with border collies and other Obedience dogs as pups? They all tried it on us when they were young, but we taught them not to for safety reasons. They will body slam each other but prefer chase games like keep away (with a toy) with new dogs.
      They may have learned play preferences from their dog pals that they train with. I think very few other breeds play like the typical Labrador. In my handling class, one of my youngest's pals is an Irish Setter. Similar play style. Irish are known to be "rollicking" per their standard, so they are okay playing together, and the setter is faster than my guy, so gives him a good work out. The German Shepherd in our class thinks my boy is the worst thing ever. You can see her face scrunch up when he play bows to her. She'd rather do anything else but interact with him -- of course he thinks she is the best. Typical young male Lab.

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      We had to stop walking with one neighbour and his young Lab because of the body slamming. Though Jet was also a Lab she never did that and didn't like it. When we first met they were funny together. Jet didn't mind him so much, she was very adept at getting out of his way. I watched her once simply "pogo stick" herself up into the air so that he went under her and fell flat on his face. But snow/winter came, Jet couldn't get the footing she needed and the snowbanks slowed her escape. We quit walking together.

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