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Old 02-11-2016, 10:25 PM

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Piper has started playing with Peanut. It's cute BUT Piper plays with her for a few minutes then she snaps into aggression, at least that's what it looks like to me. First, what are the signs of aggression vs. play? Second, what should I be doing to help?
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It sounds like Piper is teaching Peanut boundaries. So she will play nicely until Peanut gets too rambunctious, then she tells her off. if Peanut ignores the warning, Piper will give a stronger correction.
This is normal behaviour and will teach Peanut to respect her elders. It will also be invaluable for when she meets strange dogs in the future.
Don't worry unless Peanut is getting hurt. Often puppies will squeal or cry, or even run away yelping. This doesn't mean they are actually hurt. So unless there is actual injury with blood drawn, I would leave them to it.
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I agree with Stella. I had a chihuahua baby that barreled into a sleeping Sheltie. The sheltie nipped the baby. Screaming in fear, that chi baby ran under the computer stand. After about 10 seconds (felt like 10 minutes) I walked over and picked her up. Still trembling, and whippering, I looked for blood. Nothing. Not a mark. Just enough pressure for the sheltie to get her mark across. So don't do anything for now, just let them figure it out.
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Yep, I agree. Let them work it out unless it gets really, obviously serious and too rough. Finley gets the same reprimands from Gizmo and Tinkerbell, has from day one. Now that he's 9 months old, he's getting his big-boy attitude so Gizmo has had to keep putting him in his place on a daily basis lol. Finley fights back for a few minutes typically, then rolls over and submits and they kiss and make up. I always make sure I'm very near by to supervise when it happens so I can break it up if necessary, but mostly I let them get it sorted. They can teach Finley dog to dog manners much easier than I can!
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I do things a little differently. I do quite slow introductions and watch the body language of the adult dogs. If I see them start to display fiddles (signs they are uncomfortable), I'll redirect the puppy to something else. I don't want my adult dogs to have to snap, I don't want my puppy frightened and I do want my puppy to start to understand subtle signals that they are playing too rough. Keep in mind I have both small and large dogs and so its in everyone's best interest that a 25kg dog doesn't muzzle punch a 900gm puppy.
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Absolutely - If had had a larger dog in my mix, I'd likely do the same thing. I'm always on much higher alert when any of my Chis are hanging out with larger dogs.
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The adults involved need to be happy, balanced individuals with good social skills, (as i specified in a previous thread)
If Piper is showing signs of stress then obviously intervention is required.
It is hard to know what is normal behaviour without actually witnessing it, but it is easy to misinterpret normal dog communication as bullying or aggression, especially when tiny puppies are involved.
Can you get a video of piper and peanut interacting?
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This morning Piper and Peanut played nicely for over an hour. When they finished they both laid in Peanut's bed. I had to pen her then since I was leaving the house. I appreciate your advice. I definitely thought that when she yelped Piper was being too rough, but after reading your advice, I let them continue. I only intervened if Peanut ran to my feet. I'd love to post a video but I don't know how to do that with Photobucket.
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