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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-29-2012, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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puppy think male dog is mama

wow i didnt even know how to word this...LOL

Ok so we brought a 8wk old male home on Wednesday, he was still with mama and 5 other siblings, eating solid food, PLUS still suckling on mama...

Here is my issue, i have a 10yr old male as well, baby thinks my 10yr old is mama, which is cute and all (even though my 10yr old is old and grouchy at times) but baby is trying to find a teet!!!! running under my 10 year old, biting his well you know!!! he is not liking this obviously...does anyone have any suggestions on how to stop this, i dont want my 10yr old to bite him, he has always been the Alpha in the house and with this baby i dont want him to hurt him....
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No one has ever had this happen? im at my wits end with his, he has made my 10yr olds testicles bleed from a run and a quick snip/bite
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-29-2012, 07:10 PM
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Keep him leashed for now and away from the other dog (either leashed or gated off away from the other dog). In a few days or so he'll realize it's not his mom.
Yes it is VERY common. That's all they knew for their entire short lives.
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You have to protect your older dog. Keep the puppy crated and leash him when he interacts with the older male.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-30-2012, 09:37 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks when they are together, should i allow my older dog to snap at him like a mother would do? right now i keep telling Niko (my older one) gentle its a baby, and niko will leave him alone or play with the baby but not clamp his mouth on him, he is a gentle man
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-30-2012, 12:48 PM
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WHY was the 'breeder' selling unweaned pups?!?!? Please PM me with the name of the breeder...
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-30-2012, 01:06 PM
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While at my breeders yesterday for a puppy training class, they were talking about letting the puppies play with dad versus mom. Mind you theses are working line dogs bred for both personal protection and service work.

It was interesting that when the pups play with mom she is generally pretty kind and will correct the pups, but doesn't play too rough. But when playing with dad, things can get pretty rough and they have to separate the animals before they draw blood.

My take home from from that is that males might not have the same restraint that mothers have. And in your situation I think it's important to let them play in a controlled manner, but your puppy is going to have to learn its place in the pack sooner or later. I'd think sooner is better for all parties involved.
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The breeder was not a registered AKC breeder, he had a female GS and was bred with a papered male GS....i dont know... he was half weened
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