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How rough is too rough for play? When do you separate the pups? I have 4 month old pups and sometimes it sounds like it is getting too rough when they play.

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How rough is too rough for play? When do you separate the pups? I have 4 month old pups and sometimes it sounds like it is getting too rough when they play.
Puppy play often sounds rough. As long as they are evenly matched, and one is not successfully and continuously pinning the other, (IOW, it's OK if they pin each other, but it should sometimes be one on top, sometimes the other) you should let them work it out. This is how they learn good bite inhibition best.


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OK, thanks. That is what we are doing but at times it does sound rough. I have not separated them to this point because there does not appear to be one dominates the other and they equally go after one another.

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Tony and Milo are so cute. I have had the same concern about playing. My friend has a pup about a week older than Maddie. We get the two together a couple times a week for play dates. At first Maddie was very aggressive and the two looked like a dog fight. That started when they were only about 2 1/2 mo old. My friends pup has grown twice the size of Maddie both a bit over 5mo Maddie is still a bit more aggressive although Baily just pins her down to stop her. They have a lot of fun together and after a romp with Baily she takes a nice long nap
I have had the same problem with the potty issue you have been having. It has been raining like cats and dogs around here and I think Maddie has more accidents because of that. I had taken away the pad because she was chewing them up at about 3mo. I resentley reintroduced them to her and put three by the door she goes out. It seems to be working much better.
She now has free run of the house because she climbed out of her fenced in area and while I am gone she has been using the pad with no accidents!

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Tony and Milo are so cute. I have had the same concern about playing. My friend has a pup about a week older than Maddie. We get the two together a couple times a week for play dates. At first Maddie was very aggressive and the two looked like a dog fight. That started when they were only about 2 1/2 mo old. My friends pup has grown twice the size of Maddie both a bit over 5mo Maddie is still a bit more aggressive although Baily just pins her down to stop her. They have a lot of fun together and after a romp with Baily she takes a nice long nap
I have had the same problem with the potty issue you have been having. It has been raining like cats and dogs around here and I think Maddie has more accidents because of that. I had taken away the pad because she was chewing them up at about 3mo. I resentley reintroduced them to her and put three by the door she goes out. It seems to be working much better.
She now has free run of the house because she climbed out of her fenced in area and while I am gone she has been using the pad with no accidents!
Thank you. I like the idea of giving them freer reign of the house not too much at this point but more than they have had. Also I think more plat time will tire them out more for the night.

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I would say that it would only get too rough if one calls foul, and the other does not stop. I've never seen that happen, so it must not be much of a worry.

Always the way I've seen it is that if one yipes from a tooth getting a sensitive area, the other one stops immediately and checks to see that there is no real damage.

Sometimes it sounds like they are trying to kill each other, but it's all in fun.

And you are correct that getting tired out from play is very important. It's also one of the key ingredients to the way when train them in the first few weeks.
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I wish I had two Havanese. I just got threw ruff housing with Maddie we have a big stuffed Bunnie she has a lot of fun and it gets all the ya yas out.
The free range is nice but I still unplug all the lamps.

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Our two have great fun playing,but sometimes it sounds so fierce, but I know it is just Dizzies way, he makes the most awful growling sound when he is having fun, it sounds horrendous, luckily Nellie doesn't make a sound, otherwise I would be reaching for the ear defenders!Very occasionally I step in and tell them thats enough, and they always stop,but usually I let them get on with it.

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