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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-22-2012, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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Puppy playing to rough?

Hello, this is my first post. I have a female she's 7 months old and a little sweetheart.
We have totally fallen for her because she has been such a great sweet puppy.
We just got another pup he is only 9 weeks old.
I get soo nervous when they play it seems to rough for me. Th little one keeps going back for more but when she puts her mouth around his head or neck I panic.
He grabs her and doesn't let go, in fact he is probably hurting the older one.
Do I stop them from playing rough?
And neither one will eat without the other in the same bowl- should I separate them?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-23-2012, 12:13 PM
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I've read if you want them to bond with you to spend more time separated, because otherwise they'll bond with each other more than with you. As for playing rough I don't really have any advice... We are puppy sitting my sister in laws husky puppy who is smaller than my GSD, they play pretty rough in fact my Keira has been hurt three times now, just little scratches but she does t at any notice to it where we do. I've simply separated them... Maybe block of rooms for them to be separated. But spend time with each alone.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-26-2012, 01:14 AM
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I recently got a male puppy and was worried about their play being too rough. Not sure if I'm just used to it now, or they've calmed down a bit but I don't worry about it anymore.

It's hard to tell from reading a post on a forum but chances are that if the pups not getting hurt then it's not really too rough. My female was getting towards 10 months old when I got the puppy and obviously much larger than him so if she had wanted to hurt him, she could have done it quite easily.

If you're worried, I'd probably suggest either seperating them when it gets rough or redirect them to something else.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-26-2012, 11:04 AM
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Puppies can play very rough and it sounds like a madhouse. GENERALLY it's ok and just normal screaming that they deal with themselves.

That said, it's not uncommon that one can go too far have bully tendencies and take advantage of the other. So stepping in to break it up for a time out is also normal. Just another fantastic use for crates.

Bad news is that 2 puppies can make tons more other issues for you so you need to be on top of it and prevent them from coming up. Someone already mentioned them becoming too 'doggy' and attached to each other so the humans are just people who pet and feed them but they really revolve their lives around each other...

Great site to read up on is... Should I get TWO puppies/dogs at once?


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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-26-2012, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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They seem to be settling down a bit, it's been a week since we got our little guy. Yes your right she definitely could hurt him if she wanted to, but our girl is very sweet. We are trying to spend time alone with each one, Love having the both if them!

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