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Old 11-09-2007, 07:20 PM   #1
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We have a lovely 12 week old lab and my mother has her sister. Whenever we go down to visit (every 2 weeks or so) they are initially excited to see each other and then they start fighting. I wasn't worried about it to start with because I was aware that this is how puppys play in the litter. Today though it really did seem vicious. At one point our pup was pinned on the floor and appeared to be getting into full attack mode, teeth beared, snarling etc.

What do we do? Is it normal? We've tried seperating them and they just go back for more?

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It is hard to say for sure but, at 12 weeks of age, I'd be inclined to think that it was just rough puppy play. Pups can look really serious when they're in full-fledged play mode. They're probably having a blast that just looks like a fight to humans.

Littermates can be quite competitive & especially if they are are 2 females (or 2 mature unneutered males), you might see some kind of real competition and/or aggression but I think they're way too young to be showing signs of any real trouble.
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I agree with Katz. I just think its puppys at play.
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They can look and act very viscious in litter playing, they will gang up on one, one stands over it and it lays on its back. I ignore litter play for they are in pack instincts trying to establish a leader of. They quit, it is exercise for them, boredom, etc. I would just ignore it as they never forget being litter mates. I have baby sit pups I had and they come here at two years, the mom knows the pup and the others can smell somehow they know and leave it. I think they are trying to see who might become boss. lol. They are tooo young to be so agressive, but if it continues then you must start to give commands of STOP, or whatever your method of training will be.
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Sounds like normal puppy stuff from this end as long as no one is getting hurt. They're most likely reinforcing pack status each time they get together.

It might help if you could get them together a little more often while they're young so they can establish their own ground rules and learn to abide by them.
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Agree with everything that's been said. As long as there's no blood, their learning bite inhibition.
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Chen and Cai Li were not littermates but both very young when we got them and the way that they played bothered me as well. The way that I handled it was anytime they got too out of controll I would seperate them for a while in different rooms. And then when they got back together they would play nice for a while. Either way it seemed to work for me and they eventually understood that playing that rough is not accepted by me.

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just a thought...do you always take your pup to your mums??? maybe her pup is (aswell as playing) starting to show some cominance over HER teritory???
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Old 11-10-2007, 03:47 AM   #9
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Hi guys,

Thank you for the replies, they are reassuring.

Mermaid, so far they have only met at mums so I guess this is more than possible. Yesterday though they were at the beach when the fighting was at it's worst.

Neither of them have ever been hurt, no blood, no scratches and they rarely even make a sound when fighting so I guess it probably is just puppy play.

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