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Old 04-22-2011, 08:58 PM
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Hi everyone !

I have a very well behaved and well trained chihuahua (female)
She barely ever barks and is very obedient
She is about 4lbs
Last week we got a little boy who will only grow up to be about 2-3lbs
I am still trying to potty train him, but I have already started basic obedience training and he can sit on command.

They are both SO SWEET when they are apart.
They just sit down and love getting cuddles and caresses

Sometimes when they are together, they are fine, they play, jump around etc.

But sometimes their playing turns violent and they start nipping each other

Other times my female chi (she is much bigger), keeps standing over the little boy (obviously trying to dominate him) and he starts growling and it escalates.

I thought they would work it out amongst themselves and soon they will grow to love each other, but last night the little boy hurt his eye ( I think he might have been bitten)
There was no blood or anything, and the vet gave me some eyedrops and he is fine. But I don't want it to turn into something more serious.

They are both going to be show dogs and this was part of my contract with the breeder so I can not spay/neuter them.

I separate them as soon as they fight, but it happens at least 10 times a day and it is just frustrating!

Any suggestions how I can stop them fighting?
Please help!!!!

In this photo they are being cute and calm... but it doesn't last long!
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If they are hurting each other, you need to separate them when things START to get heated and out of control. No punishing words, just say calmly, 'enough' and step in and pick up the baby. After many repetitions of this, the word enough should stop them. Hopefully!! Don't wait until things are in the snarly/biting stage, just step in when the playiing gets out of hand. They both need to know how to play roughly, but not escalate it! Good luck Sue
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Old 04-22-2011, 10:12 PM
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They are both beautiful!

How old is the older one? Was she an 'only' dog?
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I cant help with the fighting, but I just wanted to say they are stunning - especially the white one!!!
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They are both beautiful!

How old is the older one? Was she an 'only' dog?
Thank you

The girl is about 6 months old
She was the only dog in our household until we got him

The boy is only 11weeks old
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They are beautiful! What does your new little baby weigh?
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Welcome to the board! They are gorgeous!

I would incorporate NILIF immediately for both dogs (you can google Nothing in life is free if you are not familiar with it) This will teach them that you are alpha and not them so it should help. Also, when my Chi's play they play rough and they sound like they are vicious most of the time. They can get hurt during the play as well, are you sure they are not playing? Also it can take a little while for them to establish pack order between themselves.
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Oh, Michelle, you make a great point. I was SOOOOOO worried when we brought Ruby home (now granted, they are just 2.5 weeks apart in age and were closer in size) they went crazy.

I was a mess and my husband (and those of you here) saw the videos and told me to let them be UNLESS someone was doing more than just yelping to say "that is too rough". He and many here said that if I tried to intervene that I was just delaying the process. It was true. They play and play and sometimes it gets rough (by my wimpy standards, hubby says that they are fine) but they work it out.

I'd feel differently though if one were really getting hurt. Ruby's head always has little bumps on it from their gnawing and wrestling. She has one now that if it is not better in the morning she will get to the vet since I do not want anything to delay their spay next week.

Does it look and sound more harmful than this:
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