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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-25-2007, 07:53 AM Thread Starter
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play fighting- I think

Hello All: Jasper and Cash are constantly tumbling- biting eachother's necks and face (kissy face) there is some growling (I think from Cash) and occassionally a yip (I think from Jasper.) Sometimes Jasper stands over Cash and make's him go down and roll on his back (then they chew on eachothers snouts again) and some times Jasper runs for safety either jumping on furniture that Cash can't reach yet- or goes thru the doggy door that Cash also won't do.

So I'm not sure if they are playing or fighting for dominance or just fighting--There has been no blood drawn and no prolonged cries-- and they seem to want to be where each other is. We get in the middle if we think it is getting too rough. Is this normal or something we should be concerned about.?

I am a first time dog owner, let alone two- so I would love some experienced opinions.

Jasper is 13 months and Cash is 14 weeks.

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My three do that all day long too!! Even when one has been sat on & made to be the omega, they go back for more. Sometimes it is two at at time, with one watching, and sometimes it is all three. They get so crazy you cant figure out which one is yelping, or growling. I asked the trainer about the growling and mouthing as I know they dont want them to ever do that to humans, but she said it is very natural for them to do this and is ok.
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Missy, this is a good thing. Perfectly normal play. My two sound like they are going to kill each other, but as long as there is no crying out, yelping, etc., I let them play. If I think it is going to far, I just get in between and tell them to calm down. I usually end up getting nipped by doing that.
My two big dogs used to play the same way.

Congratulations, they are really getting along now.
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They start doing this when they are around 6 weeks old. It's not only normal but necessary for their happiness.
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My three do it all the time.

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..................make that 4 1/2 weeks!!!
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Tom, that's funny!
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That's a very good sign that they're new best friends! You'll just be able to "feel" it if they, or any other dogs are really fighting. It has a whole different sound and intensity. This is the good kind where they are burning off energy and having fun This is the whole purpose of having two!

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Yes that is what my friend and I call the Havanese neck and roll > they then take a break then they bunt each other with their noses and start all over .
Cosmo and Ahnold are doing that . Ahnold like to take the toys Cosmo could care less about the toys just wants to play and play some more ..
The vet said i had to let them figure the dominance thing out on their own and not to interfere ..
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Michele,
When my three do it and they start to get out of hand, I have a verbal command of "easy" so whoever I see being the big aggressor, usually the older one to the puppy, I just say "Lily, EASY" and they calm down. Not that they stop, but they know that means to take it easy, and I avoid any nipping to me.
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