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Post by ninz on Fri May 01 2015, 21:44

So we are a week in to Miley being here with us.following previous advice I have been letting them get on with it to a point. The 'play' between them is calming quicker each day. Miley is a fearless little madam, and I had been waiting for Casper to put her in her place but I think she is going to end up top dog. The point I am now intervening and removing her is when she draws blood from him. She keeps getting his face in her mouth and pulling while growling, he's soft enough to just let her bless him. He doesn't yelp or growl back at her or anything. She is literally walking all over him. So is her pulling on him to the point of drawing blood perfectly normal and something she will grow out of? If not, how do I dscourage it? I will say that despite him being injured, he keeps going back for more. She did get bored tonight and walked off to chew a toy and he purposely went and rolled on to her, so it all started again until I removed her when I realised he was bleeding.
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Post by -Ian- on Fri May 01 2015, 21:53

I'm assuming these are just scratches from those razor sharp baby teeth... If she was doing real damage Casper would tell her off I'm sure. The thing to watch is that he will tell her off and you'll have to be ready to step in and remove her so as not to get hurt.


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Post by ninz on Fri May 01 2015, 22:06

Yea they are just nicks from those little razors, not gaping wounds. In all honesty if it wasn't for the fact she is white and I see his blood on her I'd probably not know she'd drawn blood. But she really is not being nice. She was actually hanging off his cheek yesterday. And she had hold of him just under the eye today. It isn't like she has a quick nip and lets go, she holds on and tries dragging him. She has the tug of war stance-chest down, bottom in air, back paws dug into the carpet as she tries to pull him back.
Am I doing wrong by removing her then and not letting them sort it? I just don't want either of them hurt. He's pretty good and will leave when told, although I do know that could change if he felt she needs a lesson, but at the moment he does back off and leave her when I've told him to because they are getting a little rough, so I'm not so concerned about him hurting her as I am about her hurting him right now.
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Post by -Ian- on Fri May 01 2015, 22:19

That's a hard one for me to answer to be honest as I've not had a pup and mature dog together. You would have thought Casper would have to her off by now and she would have learnt i dont know

Hopefully someone with a bit more experience will be able to offer advice.


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Post by LizP on Sat May 02 2015, 08:15

I know what you mean, it can be really worrying looking. I personally think he will tell her if it's too much, and it'll probably be a snap and nothing more. However, as I think I said before teaching 'enough' is a really good (I'd go so far as to say essential) command from the start so at any point you start to feel it's going beyond what you're happy with, just stop it and ask them to quieten down.

With time you'll get to learn more about how they are interacting, and in a couple of months those razors will be replaced by something less pointy, which will help too.

It does all sound very normal, though. And don't forget that sometimes tiny little scratches can bleed out of all proportion to the size of the cut.


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Re: Miley keeps making Casper bleed

Post by ninz on Sat May 02 2015, 12:05

I do use 'enough' or 'leave' but she is not doing much beyond 'sit' at the moment. He stops though, so I use it to get him to back off then take one or both of them out. On the plus side she isn't trying to eat us humans as much any more lol, so hopefully she will get bored of chewing on Casper too!
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Post by JStaff on Sat May 02 2015, 12:09

LizP wrote:I know what you mean, it can be really worrying looking. I personally think he will tell her if it's too much, and it'll probably be a snap and nothing more. However, as I think I said before teaching 'enough' is a really good (I'd go so far as to say essential) command from the start so at any point you start to feel it's going beyond what you're happy with, just stop it and ask them to quieten down.

With time you'll get to learn more about how they are interacting, and in a couple of months those razors will be replaced by something less pointy, which will help too.

It does all sound very normal, though. And don't forget that sometimes tiny little scratches can bleed out of all proportion to the size of the cut.

I agree, just keep supervising and being consistant and she will learn


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