|09-20-2013 11:01 PM|
Athena's hackles go up all the time.Even when I throw a stick and she chases it down. The reason that I mentioned it was because of all of the behaviours that were going on at the same time.
I don't think that they had bitten each other, at least not where I could tell if either of them caused extreme pain or drew blood. I was able at one point to push each of them out of the way when they seperated a little.
They were playing tonight for about 1-1/2 hrs with couple of little of tifffs, but nothing serious.
I haven't been in a situation where I have seen puppies interact like this so i really don't know what I am seeing with these two.
I appreciate all of your feedback.
|09-20-2013 09:20 PM|
If you can share a video that will be easiest for others here to opine.
|09-20-2013 06:49 PM|
But Also if they weren't biting then they weren't really fighting
Dogs and pups do put on a show of aggression to claim things without actually making any contact. Best to always keep calm and not go screaming at them whether it is pups or dogs. Wait for a break and split them up.
|09-20-2013 06:46 PM|
I witnessed some terrier pups fighting at that age. Brother and sister. Locking on to each other and biting hard. People always say it's just rough play but pups do play and sometimes they do fight and at that age they go for it when they do fight.
We just split up the dogs and stopped any tension for a while and then the phase just passed.
People always underestimate pups but I think they have a heightened prey drive at that age and are more likely to flick into fight mode. It is just there instinct.
In your case you have to watch them and let them know you are in control not the dogs. Keep them apart for a while and supervise when together and not let anything kick off. As they grow up they loose that pure prey instinct and should get better.
|09-20-2013 06:04 PM|
|DobberDog||sounds like my 2 dogs playing rough. Their "voices" change when it starts to get serious though. But my 19 wk old GSD pup has her hackles up all the time while she is playing.|
|09-18-2013 11:14 PM|
Growling, hackles up, aggressive, snapping at each other.
I would think that it is fighting, but what else could it be?
|09-17-2013 11:25 PM|
That's what I was thinking. Do they know enough to "fight" at that age?
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|09-17-2013 11:19 PM|
|doggiedad||are you sure they're fighting?|
|09-17-2013 10:48 PM|
I have a 4 month old female who loves Opie, the 3 month old Rottweiler that lives across the street.
Tonight they were playing and got into an altercation over a plastic bottle.
Opie was chewing it and didn't take kindly to Athena trying to take the bottle. They strated going at it with growling, snarling and going after each other.
I did break it up and put the bottle away so it didn't cause any more problems.
They played some more and Opie got mad about what I don't know and they started again.
At that point Athena and an older dog started playing and after a while Opie joined in the fun. The dogs came over to us and I started petting the pups and then 'Athena started a fight with Opie.
My questions are -How serious is the fighting?
Is there a way to stop them from this behaviour?
A little more backround- Athena has a very strong food drive, but when Opie was coming over she had no interest in the turkey that I had.
Opie's personality is that of a very strong alpha male.
Any comments would help