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Two Havs too playful shredding each other's coats

I have two Havs, one is a show dog, the other is my pet/therapy dog. Mari finished her championship and I take her out as a special occasionally just for fun. I got Blossom, miss full of attitude and play, in July. Well the girls play all day RLH, jumping and more RLH, and now Blossom is shredding Marya's hair. I know the obvious solution is to crate both and keep them apart, but I'm a soft hearted mommy and when Blossom is crated she barks, she gets really mad, and I feel sorry for her. Some one suggested I use Bitter apple on the places where they rip out each other's hair. I want to get Mari out for the FL circuit and her coat needs to grow back but I hate to keep them crated constantly. I need suggestions.
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Paula, you could give it a try, but it didnt work for us. Logan used to suck on his sisters ears constantly and they would walk away dripping wet and all matted. It seemed to be a security thing for him and they allowed him to do it. So I sprayed their ears with bitter apple, and it NEVER stopped him. I wondered it if was just absorbed into their hair or skin & that is why it did not bother him. I would be intereted to see how this works for you.
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Sorry Paula, I have three and can't imagine them not roughousing with each other. I think they would be sad if I made them stop. Maybe some of breeders/showers on here can help you. Mine play all day/rest/play/rest.

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I went through the same thing in the beginning. How old are your two?

Can you bring Blossom out first and wear her out first, and then spray some Bitter Apple on Mira where Blossom tends to chew her? Another option is to put a t-shirt (or a baby onesie) on Mira when she is playing with Blossom.
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Mari was two on Saturday, Blossom will be one this month. Blossom loves to chew her on the hairs on top of Mari's head head and also around her legs and stomach area. They play tag, run grap and pull. Mari in turn licks Blossom's ears until they're soaked and I've noticed the hair on Blossom's head is now frayed. Talk about split ends they personify them. I have a baby onesie here (I used to paint them and give them as gifts), I'll try that. Thanks.
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I think the bitter apples depends on the dog. I tried it on bella when she was young because freddie would constantly biting her. It worked with freddie. I also have a show dog and the 3 go crazy on each other. I decided it didn't matter if scudders coat was broken. With hiking and swimming its impossible to keep his coat nice. Most importantly, he gets to be a pup. If he doesn't win because his coat is not ideal, I still had fun. I know people do it, but I wouldn't dream of separating scudder from the others, it would break my heart. Try the bitters because it can't hurt. Maybe you could also try a correction. I hope it works !





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I tried the correction, it works but it's really hard for me to be consistent and the minute I'm distracted the growling and wrestling begins again. I have two of the happiest dogs and I love that about them. I guess I'll have to supervise play until I retire Mari.

Does bitter apple contain any alcohol or products which can damage the coat?
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I think there is a little bit of alcohol in it, but if you condition the coat well before you apply it, it should be OK. Hopefully between the onesie and a little spritz of Bitter Apple, Blossom will change her playing habits. These guys do learn quickly.
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I was having problems with Rufus's coat getting chewed and we resorted to a t-shirt for him. Even though I don't show him, I still want his coat to look nice and his little play buddy Bailey was biting the hair in the middle of his back! Now we keep a shirt in his puppy bag for playtime and no more chewed spots!
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They don't pull out hair, but they do pull each others ears when they play. They also grab each other by the scruff and pull. No yelps, so it's just play.


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