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Need help with hair pulling

Abby is 5 months, Kallie is18 months. When they play Abby is always pulling on Kallie's hair. Kallie doesn't seem to mind much, but her top hair is getting shorter & shorter! Abby actually threw up one time and it was a hairball!!! I know they're just playing, but geesh!! Maybe Kallie needs to wear a hat.

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Mine play hard too. Zoeys bangs always got broken where I couldn't pull them back because they were too short and broken right in front. I don't know what to say to make it stop.

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Abby is 5 months, Kallie is18 months. When they play Abby is always pulling on Kallie's hair. Kallie doesn't seem to mind much, but her top hair is getting shorter & shorter! Abby actually threw up one time and it was a hairball!!! I know they're just playing, but geesh!! Maybe Kallie needs to wear a hat.
Abby is still a pest ehhh. Here is where a timeout can be helpful. The key is to time it correctly. You have to be ready for it. The instant Abby grabs Kallie's hair ,you have to say HAIR quickly and firmly. Not so loud as to scare her but firmly. Right away take her away from Kallie and isolate , ie crate if she's accustomed to it, or in another area so they can't interact. Twenty seconds is enough. Then release her. Watch her closely and repeat if necessary. Once she plays appropriately without nipping hair, praise her and reward her by joining in. For this to be effective , you're going to have to monitor for awhile and everyone in the house has to follow suit. you have to be consistant with this every time it happens or it won't work. With behavavior modification , always reward appropriate behavior as well. Good training.

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Thanks, Dave! This sounds very do-able. Appreciate your help.
Suzi - it's frustrating, isn't it?

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OMG...I thought I was the only one with this problem. My 10 month old (female) pulled on the tail of my 2 year old to slow him down when they were playing. I posted on the Forum before under "Tail Pulling." I took Dave's advice also and closely monitor them when they are playing. I also don't let them out into our "big yard" together anymore. There is where most of the damage was being done. She is only allowed out in the big yard with our older Hav who does not tolerate that kind of rough play. Now we're waiting for his tail to grow back and that will take a while :-(
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