What might look like playtime having turned is not at all what reality was like when my dog Sidney played with his friend Fudge during a recent visit in Whistler.
Well, with the exception that "Tigger", the striped toy with two handles that had survived at least three years, gave in - at last.
The two dogs pulled and tore and plucked the stuffing out of the toy. They raced off around the table, stole it from each other and tried to protect it with their paws.
The display of teeth is by no means a sign that things went bad.
They had a great playtime. There was no aggression whatsoever. So don't get worried when your dogs display teeth or even start nibbling on each other. The sound of playing growl is quite different to aggression too.
At the end - there was a very tired puppy, though...