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Old 10-22-2012, 08:19 AM
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Mylo and Willow seem to be doing ok. They lick each other's faces and they have played but Mylo keeps trying to get her to play and for the most part she seems to growl at him. He jumps around her but every now and then he'll be a bit too rough putting his paw on her. His tail is wagging and he's excited. She doesn't seem scared, her tail is up and ears forward but she doesn't seem happy. He doesn't seem to get the hint of the growling though and she will end up trying to get me to pick her up. He steals her stuff and she steals his stuff. I'm wondering if there's a power battle going on. Most of the time they're happy to share for example. Right now she's sat on my right arm and Mylo is sat on my left (making writing this difficult!) but just before they were both trying their best to get nearest to my face.

What should I do? Should I leave them to fight it out? What if he gets rough? I don't think he's being rough enough to do any actual damage but definitely rough enough to hurt her.
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:45 AM
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Genereally I would leave them to fight it out especially as Mylo eventually will want to show her that "he is the boss" and show her the boundaries. Going inbetween usually makes this worse.

However, she is still a small puppy and if you think he is going to be too rough, go inbetween and make clear that it is enough without favouring anyone (so don't pick up Willow or anything).
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Unfortunately you can tell a human child "Be gentle with your sister!" but even though Mylo is a smart cookie, it will take some time for him to understand he needs to play more gently because he himself is a still a pup.

I would also tell you to let them be but she is really tiny compared to him. I think people who have more than one chi baby can give you better advice. I am glad that Mylo is playing and not aggrivated...go little man!
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They will sort things out in time. It's important just to supervise them whenever they're together to catch things early if they start to get out of hand. If one is going out of their way to bully the other, that's when you might need to step in. A squirt bottle might be helpful. If he starts getting too rough with her, squirt him and use a command such as "Settle." I use the term with my pack when they're getting overly excited about something, barking, etc. just getting carried away with whatever. Generally speaking though, they will work out their relationship eventually; just a matter of them figuring out the others' boundaries. =) Good luck!
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Thanks everyone. I think they're just working out their order and neither wants to give in. I think she'll want to play more once she's a bit older. Hopefully they'll work it out soon because they're both annoying/worrying me!
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Mylo has started 'butt bumping' her. He keeps shoving his butt against her and if she's on my lap he pokes her fairly hard with his muzzle. She's pretty vocal about getting him to back off but for the most part he doesn't listen. She'll growl or snap and he'll back off for a second and then do the same thing again. He also keeps trying to sit on her head! :/ How do I know when it's too much? I can try the squirt bottle thing but how do I know when to use it and when to leave them to it? His tail is wagging the whole time and he's trying to get her to play, but im guessing it's dominance behaviour? What about her? Is growling and snapping acceptable in this situation?

They do get along sometimes. She seemed to playing at one point but didn't sound happy. She was being very vocal but she wasn't trying to climb up on me as she usually does. They also lick each others' faces and they sort of mouth each other which is really cute. They both rub each other with their mouths open. There's no biting involved and she does make happy squeaks. I've only just realised how quiet Mylo is because she is one vocal little girl. How long do you think it will take before they sort out their hierarchy and start playing nice?
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They may take some time to establish who is boss. If you have two more dominant personalities, that can take forever - literally! But it just sounds like she is adjusting to her new home and she wishes Mylo would give her some space to do that in. I don't think you have much to worry about, they sound like they are in a pretty normal place for how long you have had the new little one. He is excited - he is already comfortable. She is...not. I would give her space away from him from time to time so she can rest. He probably wants to know what is wrong with his new exciting toy!
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