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Post by donna80 on Mon Aug 31 2015, 00:30

hi im looking for advice plz ive a male 10 month old staffy called bruno he is absolutely beautiful ive recently broght home my 2 month female staffy called tia at the moment im introducing them both thru there crates where theyve been ok sniffing n getting to know each other ive had them both out together a couple ov times where ive been sitting with treats n supervising them both they arent together long as im scared incase bruno hurts her by accident az hes such a big strong lad he dose get very excited n hyper as tia just tries to bite him anywhere she can what advice woukd anyone give about making this situation better do i keep them seperate untii tias bigger n brunos older r do i just let them play in get on with it
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Re: 10 month old staffy playing with a 2 month old staffy advice

Post by Linzi-Jo on Mon Aug 31 2015, 12:19

We have two 14 week old puppies who were 8 weeks when we bought them home and we also have an 18 month old staffie cross who we rescued 9 months ago. He had no doggy social skills what so ever (we think he was taken away from mum way too early) and we had the same fears as you. We spoke to our vet about it and she told us to just let them get on with it, but to supervise at all times. Make sure that the puppy is getting enough sleep (our 18 month old would try to wake ours up to play) but other than that just be there when they are together and playing. Don't leave them alone until your two month old is bigger (vet told us about 16 weeks) but do not keep them seperated all the time as it will lead to jealousy which could then lead to aggression towards each other. Your 2 month old will whimper and squeal and your 10 month old will probably try to pin her down a few times but this is him showing her that he is the dominant one. If your 10 month old is moving away after your puppy has whimpered or whined (or even yelped) after a few seconds then leave them to carry on, if he keeps going after about 15 seconds then that is when you need to step in and seperate them, but just push them apart, don't pick the little one up as it will be seen as you giving her the dominance which could lead to your 10 month old doing it more often. It is a lot of hard work but you will get there in the end. Our three are now inseparable but we still make sure they sleep apart at night when we can't watch them, but other than that they are now all the best of friends and have learnt when enough is enough. Good luck and I hope I've helped a bit Smile

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Post by donna80 on Mon Aug 31 2015, 13:20

Thank you so much for your advice I'm at my wits end at the moment I can't keep them separate much longer its not fair on either of them I'm so pleased you have been in the same situation n came out with a happy ending.I'm going to let them play today together n c wot happens do u think he will hurt her thou that's wot I'm scared ov,will I jst step bck n supervise n only get involved if like u sed the oldest keeos going bck to her olz any advice is welcome I love them both so much I don't want it going wrong
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Post by LizP on Mon Aug 31 2015, 14:31

I would let them play, supervised, and not worry too much. It is amazing how dogs can regulate their play, especially with puppies. Be brave and let them get on with it, but be ready to step in if there is any sign from the pup that it's too much.

If it's any help, there are a couple of clips here of when our lad Chaos met our foster puppies.

https://staffy-bull-terrier.niceboard.com/t60686-chaos-meets-the-puppies

Given how rough he is with bigger dogs, it was amazing to watch.

(and yes, Millie's still here...)


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Post by -Ian- on Mon Aug 31 2015, 21:33

Some great advice already given. Don't panic, keep a calm air and supervise. You'll get there Big Grin


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Post by JStaff on Mon Aug 31 2015, 21:37

LizP wrote:I would let them play, supervised, and not worry too much. It is amazing how dogs can regulate their play, especially with puppies. Be brave and let them get on with it, but be ready to step in if there is any sign from the pup that it's too much.

If it's any help, there are a couple of clips here of when our lad Chaos met our foster puppies.

https://staffy-bull-terrier.niceboard.com/t60686-chaos-meets-the-puppies

Given how rough he is with bigger dogs, it was amazing to watch.

(and yes, Millie's still here...)

I agree


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Re: 10 month old staffy playing with a 2 month old staffy advice

Post by Linzi-Jo on Mon Aug 31 2015, 23:16

I was terrified that my boy would hurt our puppies but I only stepped in if they were yelping and he hadn't stopped. As I said earlier, I am pretty sure that Ace did not have any litter mates as a puppy and was taken away from his mum much too early as he doesn't understand that when dogs growl at him and bare their teeth they don't want to play so he didn't really understand what the puppies yelps meant until we kept pulling him away when they were going on too long. He has now learnt that if they yelp he needs to leave them alone and he does it himself but it did take time and patience. It won't happen over night but I'm positive your two will get there in the end Smile

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Re: 10 month old staffy playing with a 2 month old staffy advice

Post by donna80 on Tue Sep 01 2015, 00:09

hi i would like to say thank you to everyone that replied to my post.tonight i took all the advice ive been given,i plucked up the courage and let my 2 babies out together i kept calm az i cud be in it went ok i only got involved when bruno was getting abit to rough.im going to keep letting them play together a couple ov times a day n hopefully things will get better as i know its only early days thank you all again for your advice
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Re: 10 month old staffy playing with a 2 month old staffy advice

Post by Mia05 on Tue Sep 01 2015, 01:02

Hi there here is a link you may find useful
http://staffy-bull-terrier.com/dog_body_language it may also during the early stages feed the dogs seperately amd give them seperate toys . Have 2 people walk the dogs so they can walk side by side and get used to one another. Train them seperately too but treat them both the same and using the same technique Smile


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