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    We have just got 2 Staffy pups, now 15 wks old. We have had them 5 days now and despite all the hard work, we are getting there re toilet training etc. Their play time is a bit alarming though. They wrap themselves around eachother to sleep and love eachother to pieces but when they play there are yelps and squeals from all the nipping and biting and the snarling gets quite horrible and scary. They are brother and sister. The female is bigger than the boy and gets the better of the boy if she gets him in a corner (he stands up for himslef big time and rarely gives in) but she is also the most timid outside with other dogs....terrified in fact (so we found out last night). I did seperate them in different rooms today so they would calm down but don't know if I am doing right or when to intervene.
    We started puppy school last night but forgot to ask that question as we had so many questions and didn't want to monopolize the whole session.
    We are anxious to nip this in the bud because we don't want anti social dogs or dogs that could do real damage to eachother when they get older.
    Advice will be so welcome please.

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    I have a brother and sister blue heelers, now 6 months old. I am afraid I am old school. I let them sort themselves out and only intervene when it gets serious. I have never separated them as they have to learn to live with each other, their mother, and us.

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    Having sibling is always more difficult than people think. And it's not something that I recommend. It's natural that they will try and sort out who is going to be the boss but because they are the same age and close in strength etc it's not clear cut.

    I have two sisters from the same litter, 13 weeks old, once I'm certain which one is the best (these are show dogs) I will probably re-home one.

    Like Di I let them sort it out. Better now than later on. But the potential for them to have scraps between each other for the rest of their lives is very high.

    As much as they love sleeping together, eating together and do play together their play fighting is very rough & noisy, and when one hurts the other boy is it on.

    I have 4 other older dogs and they don't get involved in the puppies fights. They act as if it's an every day occurrence, which it is.

    At 4 weeks of age the puppies were meeting the other dogs thru a mesh fence, by 6 weeks they were out with them under supervision and by 9 weeks they were out with them and fitting in with the day to day routine.

    Distraction and give each of them a toy to divert their attention from each other. They are learning their bite inhibition from each other the hard way.
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    Kuro and Kirri are at the play fight stage.. They are truly inseparable and do everything together.. Their play fights will sometimes get full on, but as soon as one squeals, they both stop before getting back into it again..

    I just let them continue on as I think it is all part of learning and prepares them for self defence if the situation ever arises.
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    Catch 22 situation IMO Smithy.

    Your puppies are only doing what is natural - play fighting. We mightn't play like that, but dogs DO.

    Many dogs can play fight, or fight for real between themselves with no further mishap. Might get serious (or appear to be serious to us humans, anyway) and then they'll sort it out and all will be well again. If that is the case, don't worry at all. Lol.

    However, sometimes the play fights can get out of hand, and you are left with an injured dog (or dogs) who need veterinary care. That is the stage you want to avoid.
    If things seem to be getting really rough, and out of control, then yeah, you need to step in, separate them, refocus each dog on something else for a while.

    I too have found that two dogs from same litter (siblings) do tend to get more aggressive in their play fighting than two dogs of different ages and from different litters.

    All the best.

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    I don't agree DA, in my experience 2 other dogs I had were terribly vicious to each other but all are different.

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    I've had lots of siblings & their level of play has always been more intense.

    I like to put about a year between ages of dogs.


    I will not sell two puppies from the same litter to one home, nor will I sell a puppy to a home that already has a dog under a year old.

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    my guys are still very rough with each other when they play, i usually let them sort it out, but will jump in if needed - they are 5 and 6 years old.
    Kaos the Staffy is the worst for it, some of the noises she comes out with is amazing!

    Good luck with it.

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    ive heard staffies are very noisy play fighters and very rough they love it! so you never know it could be they are sorting out whos boss (so let them (with in reason)) or it could be staffies being staffies
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    Quote Originally Posted by laura77 View Post
    ive heard staffies are very noisy play fighters and very rough they love it! so you never know it could be they are sorting out whos boss (so let them (with in reason)) or it could be staffies being staffies
    You must be a mind reader, I was going to say something similar

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