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Old 06-23-2007, 04:03 PM   #1
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Rosey and Amber have become good friends in the last month. However, six year old Amber is getting harrassed by ten week old Rosey. Amber is very kind and gentle and puts up with a lot for a while but does growl and bark at Rosey occassionally. Rosey is always trying to bite at Amber and I have noticed that Amber has been bleeding round about the jowels (don't know if this is the correct spelling or not). What do we do to stop this? It does not happen all the time, it is just Rosey being playful we think but she does go too far sometimes. I don't want Amber to get hurt.

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Dogs are tougher than we think. My two tussle a fair amount - all of it good natured, and occasionally I find little scabs under the fur. If and when Amber has had enough she will put Rosey in her place. As a matter of fact, the time is drawing near when Amber will not be so tolerant anymore. It usually is at about 4 months.
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Old 06-23-2007, 04:47 PM   #3
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Rosey was a bit hyper tonight and kept grabbing at Amber's neck and hurting her as Amber was squealing, so my husband lifted her and put her in her crate. She howled for a while but the stopped. She is now lying on the floor quietly beside my husband while Amber has gone through to our bedroom where she lies on the bed. Was that the right thing to do?

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Truthfully I think not quite. The reason is that it sounds as if the crate was being used as punishment. If instead you put Rosey in a room by herself you can isloate her from her "pack" if this is what you want to do without risking any progress you have made with crate training.
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Our Portie and Lagotto rumble a lot and they know each other's limits. The portie is 6 months and Lagotto 14 weeks and he goes for her most of the time! I think he has small man sydrome! But seriously, when one goes to far the other really lets them know and they stop. I wouldn't worry about it, they are more than likely just playing.

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This morning Rosey was at it again so I lifted her and put her in another room. She howled and scratched at the door, meanwhile Amber was on the other side of the door crying. What a pair.

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For Rosey to stop, Amber has to be able to tell her. It's a part of puppyhood that only another dog can teach.

No amount of punishment/being sent to another room will make Rosey leave this stage.

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Actually I partially disagree with some of the above comments. Yes, it is great if the other dog will assert herself and let Rosie know she has gone too far, but some dogs just won't do this and then the puppy simply learns to be a bully and makes the older dogs life miserable. If Amber yelps and Rosie doesn't back off, and can't be distracted with a toy, I would intervene in the way you describe to pop the pup in another room for a couple of minutes to calm down.

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Well Rosey is now 5 months old and a little minx. Her big sister, Amber is one of the softest, laid back dogs I know. However, Rosey is bullying Amber. For example Amber likes to lie on our bed during the day and Rosey gets on the bed first and tries to stop Amber from getting up. What can we do to put this little minx in her place? I feel so sorry for Amber as she seems very sad. They do get on in that when Rosey is tired she lies quietly beside Amber, but she is very active and does not sleep as often as she used to.

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