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    I also operated my rescue along similar lines Di.

    To be fair though, Pugs rarely hurt each other in an aggressive battle due to their skull and jaw structure. I also stood over them while they ate to ensure those who were being medicated ate thier meds and no-one gobbled thier food with the meds in it.

    Still, by and large, they were left to sort out their pack order and their discipline within their little groups without much interference from me. I also felt that interfering usually made it worse and either confused them, or delayed the inevitable of dogs sorting out their issues.
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    I wouldn't usually be too concerned about the rough play as they both are of similar size and strength. The only problem is Abbie was desexed a week before we picked her up. When we picked her up, the breeder told us the stitches could be on Monday (yesterday) but it was red, swollen and bloody still. Anyway i took her to my own vet and they put her on antibiotics and told us to keep her quiet until Thursday (when the stitches can come out). I probably should have told the breeders as it was due to a little negligence on their part (not putting the bucket on her to stop her licking) but we also found a tick on her as we were leaving the breeders so i'm a little hesitant to bother getting them involved. I'de rather just take care on things myself.

    I do think things will be better when Abbie gets these stitches out. I realise separate time is important and something we're not doing at the moment. We always wanted two so they could keep each other company whilst we're at work all day but i definitely don't want two dogs that love each other more than they love us humans!

    I thought taking them on walks together after work would be a great bonding exercise but should i make this their separate time instead? I can't picture my partner wanting to take them on individual walks but maybe i could do it on alternating days and my partner can do some training with the other dog whilst i'm out walking....

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    Owwwiee poor girl. I hope she is ok. It is in those situations that crates come in handy as you can separate them so they can rest especially when one should be on bed rest due to an injury/illness.

    Can you walk them separately in the mornings and then together in the evenings? Just 10 - 15 min walks. If not walking them together is fine especially if you have one dog and your OH has the other. Then when you get home put one away (crate, play pen whatever you use) and do 5 mins training with the other and then swap over.

    With separating them, I am not necessarily talking all day while you are out but more for an hour or two here and there during the evenings and over weekends. Leaving one pup at home alone and going out is also important (build up so start with 5 minutes and then increase the time they spend alone gradually), you don't want separation anxiety issues down the track. You also want to be able to take one to the vet etc if needed without the other fretting too much.

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    If you live in a high tick prone area you are going to get ticks. Despite checking my dogs twice daily I found a tick on one of mine last night.

    The only thing that works here are tick collars. Even with Frontline or Advantix ticks will still attach though normally do die on the dog after about three days. I can put tick collars on each of my dogs with the exception of my youngest Whippet as the Borzoi will chew it off her, he doesn't eat it but it's useless broken and on the ground.

    I must admit I hadn't realised that your Pointer was six months old, I thought it was a much younger pup of 8-12 weeks old and your other dog was a small breed dog which is why I suggested your older dogs exercise be upped as I don't like overwalking young large breed puppies.

    You could always do what I do - walk both together around the block (so to speak) as far as is appropriate for a 6 month old Pointer, return her home and then continue on with the older dog.

    I think once her desexing wound has healed up it may be time to let them sort things out on their own.

    One of my dogs takes about two weeks before he accepts a new dog as part of the family, (unless of course it's a Whippet and female) and as someone else said about 3 months before you can really see how things are going to be.

    I supervise all feeding, though not really necessary with the Whippets as they all have about the same amount and finish about the same time, but my Gordon is a pig and being boss dog here she will take food off the others, and when mine are given bones they are tethered out, that way if any of them do leave a bit of bone behind I can find it and pick it up and dispose of it to avoid any fighting over food. It's a great way for them to come around to the idea of being tied up from time to time too.
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    It is a whole different ball game with the stitches and needing to be watched over and looked after than what I posted on before.

    Hope she is better soon.

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    great advice guys sorry should have mentioned the wound! It does look much better today. Really clean and much less swelling. I've rung the vet and we're going to get the stitches out tomorrow rather than thursday, which is great We only have one crate so we've been putting Abbie in it at night. Works really well and Buckley sleeps on his bed next to the crate.

    Sorry mac, yes Abbie is nearly 7 months old. About 3 weeks older than Buckley. I haven't had any experience with ticks on dogs before so i was a little shocked to find on on Abbie, and on the car ride home from picking her up!

    Buckley is absolutely atrocious in the crate. Barks and scratches until he is let out, which is why i find it hard separating the two but i will try. Even if my partner spends some time training one inside and i do the other outside. I would like to continue walking them together though. Makes things a little more exciting

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