It has been a long time since we were a 2 dog family. I have never seen this much bitey face. Molly is holding her own. Abby is at her non-stop. We only let them play for short periods. I guess they are establishing their order.
Molly is very gentle but this morning I actually heard her growl. I separated them. I guess if Molly wanted to hurt Abby she could, I saw Abby's head in Molly's mouth a few times. So far things have been tail wagging fun but do you ever intervene & when?
I am exhausted watching them!! :
No advice here. Bear and Diamond get like that sometimes. I havent seen anything bad yet. I think they are having fun.
I think Molly will let her know when she's had enough; such as the warning with the growl. Did Abby back off then? If it looks like Molly is needing to get some rest; then I'd separate them so Molly can have some down time.
HA!! *Been there, done that, still doing it *:-\ *When we first got Frankie it was gentle bitey face, but constant. *As he got a little bigger, the growling started from Tucker. *They're establishing pecking order, like you said. *It's all play though, the tails are always wagging. *Once in a while, Tucker will get pissed and really growl and go at him, that's the only time we intervene.
Isn't it fun? *:
*edited* The newest thing they've been doing is grabbing eachother's cheek and pulllllling when they're playing. It's pretty funny actually. They don't pull it hard or anything ...
"Each is a creature of Earth and is entitled to reside on it with dignity"
i don't intervene unless there is blood. they will work it out for themselves. you want molly to growl at abby. she is letting her know to back off and she's had enough. its normal dog stuff. if you get involved, it could screw up the relationship.
♣ Laura ♣
I'm with Laura...I let them work it out unless someone gets seriously hurt. I did, however, intervene yesterday when Murray was in pain from his tail injury and Essy would not leave him alone. He warned her numerous times but she wasn't getting the message. I intervened mostly because she was pestering Murray, not because I thought he would hurt her.
Also, putting the other dogs muzzle or whole head in the mouth is a parental control device. If you watch a litter of pups, you will occasionally see the mom do the same thing to her pups when she's had enough or needs one of them to calm down.
I'm with Laura too Georgie let them work it out. I learned quickly that dogs have their own language, one we don't speak. Molly will let her know and Abby will understand quicker that way.
I just let my girls go at it. The play VERY, VERY rough. It really bothers other people when they come over to visit. My husband and I are used to it by now. I hope that we will eventually grow out of this stage.
Yeap you need to let them do their thing. I never get in the middle of the girls.
They have to work it out themselfs and they will.
I know what you mean! When we first got Lucy buddy was only 4 months old. He was nipping and biting at her all the time. She would take it and take it and I kept asking myself when I should step in. Then it happened....I guess she couldn't take anymore and she flipped him over on his back with her jaw barely gripping under the chin. (More like a prong collar would) He just started yelping like he was dying : ran straight to me with his tail between his legs and jumped in my lap. Now she just barks at him when he gets on her nerves and he takes off yelping. What a wuss. Some guard dog eh? Don't worry...Abby will let her know when enough is enough and wont hurt her. The only time I stop mine is if they're doing it where alot of people are or if I'm trying to watch something and they get too loud. :P