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    Question Puppies Playing Rough

    Hi there!

    I have an 11 month old Pomeranian x Shih-Tsu x Maltese (basically looks like a white Pomeranian) whom we have had since November 2009 and on Sunday, we just brought home an 8 week old (just turned 9 weeks on Tuesday) Australian Silky Terrier x Jack Russell.

    The Pomeranian, Ruski, is a female and the new puppy, Bailey, is a male.

    They took a liking to each other straight away (haven't really noticed much jealousy) and play tug of war and play fight all the time. They don't get aggressive, just play a bit rough like rolling around, jumping on top of each other, biting, including biting each other's faces (I watch carefully so they don't hurt each other) and growl a bit but don't seem to be hurting each other.

    This is my first time having 2 dogs at the same time and am just concerned if this is going to encourage either of them to become vicious towards other dogs when they get older? Or is this just normal puppy behaviour? Don't know whether to stop them sometimes or just let them play.

    Any advice would be appreciated!

    Thanks

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    Hi I think they are quite normal. I think you would know if they are more than just play. My two boys make sound like tassie devils when they play and they are not puppies. Good luck!

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    My Bichon boy Jag is just a little over a year old now, and he is quite playful when he gets going (after bath, during walks, after dinner etc). He and my Staffy x Cairn terrier Carl play VERY rough, complete with growling and carrying on. It sounds like they're fighting to the untrained ear! They get very physical--the other two dogs who are tiny are frequently ducking out of the way. Carl has always been rough and likes to "talk" when he plays, even if it's on his own with a soft toy. Now he has an equal in over-the-top rough play, there's no stopping him.

    I wouldn't worry unless there's snarling and showing of teeth; it's important that the pup learns to play and when to back off, which your older dog will teach him. 8 weeks is such an impressionable age so you want to make sure when they play that there's not too much biting involved or the JR may turn into a mouthy adult. That, combined with natural terrier tenacity, could pose a problem.


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    All normal stuff
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    One of the favourite games that leo loves with other dogs is the bitey face one.

    I think thebest way to judge if its not 'normal' play is by sound/body language.
    You can tell when things are going badly for too long. Its good to let pups be pups but they should also know that if you say stop they need to stop.
    Keep the level of intensity to medium type thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rebec View Post
    One of the favourite games that leo loves with other dogs is the bitey face one.

    I think thebest way to judge if its not 'normal' play is by sound/body language.
    You can tell when things are going badly for too long. Its good to let pups be pups but they should also know that if you say stop they need to stop.
    Keep the level of intensity to medium type thing.

    You think?

    How about have whole head in Leo's mouth game

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    I let mine (I have 2 of the same litter now 9 months old and their mother.) At the moment I also have another of the litter mates here for a week or so.

    I let them sort it all themselves. It will become obvious when it gets serious. For mine at least a yell stops things. Then they are usually back playing again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    You think?

    How about have whole head in Leo's mouth game
    lol well yes that too

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    Hey guys!
    That's good to know, thanks so much for your help!

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