I also had the question regarding puppy fighting. They are brothers. They love to get into it, one more so than the other. One is consistently more submissive and ends up on his back with a cry. I have had mixed information on stopping them and some that say there will always be a more dominant one and you need to leave it be. The one that gets it rougher seems to go back for more, but like I said, it gets pretty rough and he ends up being the one who cries as the other seems to be more aggressive. Just want opinions. They are 3.5 months, one under four pounds one above. The little one kicks the crap out of the larger one. He just sounds so aggressive. They do sleep together fine, nap separately too in their own crates at times. I just hate the sound of how aggressive the one sounds when he is tearing at the other. How much is too much? Does it mellow out as the age?
Ours do this. Dog's (atleast our do) have a not so complicated system of deciding who's in charge. They fight it out.
Our Nikki is the reigning champ. She sometimes has to re-assert herself to the other two pooches so we hear all sorts of growling, some snapping, and they all have slobbered faces and ears afterwards. None of our's have ever borken skin and it's important to make sure they don't get too carried away.
Mostly they do it for play but once and a while it's just to decide who's at the top of the totem pole. =]
My Dogs are constintly at it as soon as their pen door flys open. They jump & bark, running after eachother mouthing eachothers neck, sometimes fake biting at eachother. 1 is a german shepheard(7 years) And the other is an American Lab(2 years) The Lab is ALWAYS instigating the fight. Even though if i command the Shep. to "sick her" she'd pin her in a heart beat. But as much as they growl, fight, annoy each other..they soon tucker out and become buddys after 15 minutes of play fight. Its not serious fighting. If it was the german shepheard would have her kissing a** . lol... but yea, im sure they'll start to get over it. Also besides the sounds as long as none of the puppys are hurt then they should be fine. If it continues to get harsh then i'd contact your vet for info. I also recently got a puppy. I mean this puppy is DRAMACTIC by all means. If my lab just barks at her, shes start yelping running for shelter like she got beat up or something. So i dont know if the noises should intimidate you. Hope this helped a bit. Theres not bleeding is there? It should just be dominating.
Ook you do "sick um" to. well my parents trained are rottie it and when i was little i used to look for lizards we live in FL and thought her when ever i say it she would look on the ground for a lizard lol. she still does that to this day :)
to the op.. They are most likely playing my dogs do that all day they love to play fight both are shih-tzus one 3 the other almost 1.
Lol, Ya its a pretty handy command. Most people dont know what i mean by it, but a few do. I have to watch where im saying and who im saying it by when im with my shep. Its a very tender word. And isnt used to mess around with haa. We cant even take her out for walks around the block. Shes kinda dangerous if your not in the family.But she has a lovley acre freely to roam and play in with the lab.
I love big dogs it is so funny when my mom or dad says it she get alert looks around and barks. i say it gets alert looks on the ground and looks at me :) It is a good comand and all the rotties we had knew it since my mom used to breed them.
Your lucky you have a GSD i want one sooo bad they are smart sweet and very obdent (sp) dogs how could you not love them :)
I currently have SIX dogs they are from 4 years to 6 months in age, all play and run together, there is no fighting amongst them....they just dont do it. When I have puppies here they do tend to get a little rough with their litter mates, it is a form of play and leadership tryouts....I let them go at it BUT after a few minutes I will stop the play/rough housing as I fear one or the other getting hurt and I really dont want a puppy to develop the I am dominat feeling...I am the pack leader, the boss the alpha and they need to respect that, teaching it to them early only helps them to become better adjusted adult members of a family.
The puppy stages are for learning, and by me stepping in and taking control they learn that the 2 legged human is boss.
Thanks for all of your advice. It was helpful. They do love each other, I can tell, as if one is too far away, they cannot stand it. I am sure it is just me hating to hear one cry consistently. There is no blood, skin breaking, nothing like that. I watch and the one who is more recessive does go back in for more. I just don't want to have aggressive dogs because I did not get myself more informed. Thank you.
I have some overly rowdy ones myself. There is always one that gets the better of everyone. (Dinkus is one...lol, hes a booger) I generally allow them to play as long as no one is screaming or seems to be getting hurt. If they seem to be getting too rough, I do intervene. Also I give them all individual time as well where they are away from the sibling, so they can assert independence and be themselves without getting the tar kicked out of them, lol.