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Old 01-16-2008, 01:41 PM   #1
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Is it normal for puppies 6 mo old to fight. They're litter mates male & female & get along fine most of the time, in fact they don't want the other out of sight. Occasionally the male seems to irritate the female & she growls & bites at him. They go at it for maybe a min. then they're back to playing. Should I always interfere & stop the fight or let them fight it out as long as they don't hurt each other? They're not pit bulls just little Feist. What do you think?

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I would let them sort it out by them selves. (unless it get out of hand) They may just be sorting out the pecking order .

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Sounds like she just putting him in his place.

Bitches always seem to rule in mix sex households.
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well it's a doublesided sword.. With the breeds Im having I have learnt that letting them do it yourself is not always the best of ways. But I often deal with pitbulls and when they start that I do NOT want that behaviour in them. That spark is not a good thing.

Depending on breed it might not matter as much. What kind of pups do you have???

If it's a pitbull don't let them go at it at all.. break them upwhen you see that the little male is taking things overboard.
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When I have litters I hear so much growling, grumbling, etc. They fight like you would think one is going to kill another alot of noise, trying to establish a pack order.

It is natural for them do bicker, but when a year old they must learn from you, the BOSS that this is not acceptable. Then you must interfere and stop it. Grab a hunk of hair back of the necks and shake back n forth, say a louder firm: NO MORE FIGHTING!!

Soon it becomes nothing, they will grow up and forget and be best friends.
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As long as it's all noise and no injuries, I'd say let them work it out themselves.

The majority of male dogs won't actually fight a female with intent to injure them.
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Mine play fight alot, they make strange noises, roll around, flip eachother, make bitey faces and chew eachothers fur around their necks. When I'm sure they're playing, I let it go. If there is snapping or snarling, or one seems to want to get away, I break it up by clapping and saying "no" or "ah ah". If there is a toy or bone they're squabbling over, I always stop it and take the toy, unless it's a game of tug between them.

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When I have litters I hear so much growling, grumbling, etc. They fight like you would think one is going to kill another alot of noise, trying to establish a pack order.

It is natural for them do bicker, but when a year old they must learn from you, the BOSS that this is not acceptable. Then you must interfere and stop it. Grab a hunk of hair back of the necks and shake back n forth, say a louder firm: NO MORE FIGHTING!!

Soon it becomes nothing, they will grow up and forget and be best friends.
Thats a very handy reply thanks for that Shep even though not up to that stage yet Il put it in my doggy diary for later..

Sounds like a winner... I spose that would be one of the few occasions you need be physical and verbal due to the nature of the incident as just yelling alone can sometimetimes fuel the fire..
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Is it fighting or roughhousing? I puppysat for a friend who had a male and female Golden Retriever puppies from the same litter 4 mos old. That cured me of ever thinking I would get two from the same litter. It was non-stop snarling, growling, biting ears, rolling around, pawing, but all in fun. Since you are there hopefully you can tell whether it is playtime or whether they are getting serious.
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When they are pups I let them play or mock fight, whatever it is they're doing. But like sheplovr, I don't allow any scruffing around as they reach their first yr. I am leader and my rules apply and they soon realize this.

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