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Post by willow&ronnie on Tue Feb 09 2016, 20:55

Hi guys I have a new puppy willow she is 7 weeks old and my 7 year old Ronnie . Introduced them and they get on great but they have started some pretty loud fighting. She is very aggressive towards him but im sure she is playing and he is definitely playing as if he wanted to hurt her he easily could.
Question is do I allow it to continue is it OK or will it encourage aggressive behavior in willow as she gets older????

Thanks in advance Paul
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Re: puppy and older dog fighting yes or no

Post by -Ian- on Tue Feb 09 2016, 21:08

Hi ya Paul, puppies don't know aggression at that age so it will be all play right now. Willow is a little young to have left the litter so will still be learning what the boundaries are and hopefully Ronnie will be gentle enough to set the play rules.

If you think Ronnie is having enough simply separate them until Willow has calmed down. As you'll be aware, Staffies learn quickly Smile


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Re: puppy and older dog fighting yes or no

Post by LizP on Wed Feb 10 2016, 15:29

Echo Ian, and don't worry about the loud fighting - it's normal. Just invest in ear plugs!


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Re: puppy and older dog fighting yes or no

Post by willow&ronnie on Wed Feb 10 2016, 15:49

So would I be right to let them fight it won't promote bad behaviour towards other dogs as she gets older ?
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Post by -Ian- on Wed Feb 10 2016, 15:51

As long as Willow is well socialised and responds when you say stop or quit you should be fine Smile


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Post by LizP on Wed Feb 10 2016, 16:28

It's really important to remember that this isn't 'fighting'. 'Play fighting' has no intent to threaten, injure or confront. It is all about learning each other so that they don't later feel they have to fight. Each will learn the other's strenghts and weaknesses and, although it may at the moment seem as if your older (tolerant) dog is being a push over and teaching Willow to fight, he will also be teaching her how far she can go before she has gone too far. It's that limitation that will keep them steady in times to come.

So no, this won't teach Willow to fight. One thing to be aware of, though, is that when they learn to play rough with each other like this, they may not learn that other, less robust dogs have lesser threshholds. It's really worth socialising Willow with as many other dogs of different breeds as you can, although being a staffy she may always tend to play rough.

Really, relax and enjoy Big Grin


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Re: puppy and older dog fighting yes or no

Post by willow&ronnie on Wed Feb 10 2016, 19:53

Take a look for yourselves
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Re: puppy and older dog fighting yes or no

Post by Jenc on Wed Feb 10 2016, 20:09

Definitely playing Big Grin Ronnie is great with willow, very patient & quite gentle. When she crosses the line he will let her know, enjoy the antics Laughing


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Re: puppy and older dog fighting yes or no

Post by Mia05 on Wed Feb 10 2016, 20:38

can only echo above advice willow is a sweetheart remember introduce willow to as much as possible socialise socislise socialise . Smile


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Post by carl&gemma edwards on Wed Feb 10 2016, 20:41

I have the same in my house have diesel 2years old and sky 9weeks that nothing wouldn't worry it's like a wrestling during when these two play
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Post by Kirstybarbs on Wed Feb 10 2016, 22:05

Ah that video of them is adorable.
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Re: puppy and older dog fighting yes or no

Post by LizP on Thu Feb 11 2016, 07:58

I hate to tell you this, but that's NOTHING compared to what's to come when Willow gets older. You have a few weeks to make sure all your breakables are out of knocking over range, you house will never be the same again Laughing

Ronnie is a complete and utter star, trust him, he'll make sure things stay within their boundaries. You'll be fine.


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Re: puppy and older dog fighting yes or no

Post by willow&ronnie on Thu Feb 11 2016, 09:36

Thanks guys your comments are very reassuring and have relieved a lot of tension I was feeling. X
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Re: puppy and older dog fighting yes or no

Post by -Ian- on Thu Feb 11 2016, 10:18

That's a great clip, Ronnie is very good with Willow Big Grin

I bet they will have a blast when you're able to walk them together.


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Re: puppy and older dog fighting yes or no

Post by JStaff on Thu Feb 11 2016, 10:20

LizP wrote:It's really important to remember that this isn't 'fighting'. 'Play fighting' has no intent to threaten, injure or confront. It is all about learning each other so that they don't later feel they have to fight. Each will learn the other's strenghts and weaknesses and, although it may at the moment seem as if your older (tolerant) dog is being a push over and teaching Willow to fight, he will also be teaching her how far she can go before she has gone too far. It's that limitation that will keep them steady in times to come.

So no, this won't teach Willow to fight. One thing to be aware of, though, is that when they learn to play rough with each other like this, they may not learn that other, less robust dogs have lesser threshholds. It's really worth socialising Willow with as many other dogs of different breeds as you can, although being a staffy she may always tend to play rough.

Really, relax and enjoy Big Grin

Agree completely.


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