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Q: ruff puppy playing intervene or not

December 15, 2009 | By bell o. | 5 answers | Expired: 1793 days ago

ruff puppy playing intervene or not

my puppies are 5 weeks and they all seem to play fight to ruff. biting down shaking head then there is the yelp. should i intervene or let them work it out? video on my page thanks for the great response I havent seen no food aggression thank goodness but how ruff they can play makes me want to intervene but I know I shouldnt.

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Naturegirl112106
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Dec 17, 2009

Puppies this age fight to determen who is stronger of the pack. As long as they are not drawin blood then you should not stop them from playing.

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Jillian
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Dec 16, 2009

i watched the video and they play perfectly normal for puppies. at this age it's good for them to be testing their strength on their siblings. this teaches them to play nice and not get so rough. there will be yelps for awhile as they're learning what hurts and what doesn't. if you were to intervene they'd miss out on these valuable lessons. these rough play sessions are the stepping stones to them learning not to bite people or other animals, helping them to be better dogs as they get older. what's great is that mama is watching over them. if they take things too far, she'll be there to break it up. having the mama dog around actually lessens the amount of involvement you need to take and if they stay w/her until they're 12 weeks, they will be extremely well balanced and obedient dogs.

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daryl b.
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Dec 16, 2009

i agree with both of these answere. but as the first said social status in the pack is a very important and early thing for them to do.. food agression should not be tolerated. also don't forget that a lot of this is play and testing boundries. have fun with your puppies

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Dec 15, 2009

It's totally normal. Puppies play like this to show dominance and establish rank in the pack. As long as they aren't drawing blood or preventing one from eating, let them work it out.

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Tricia L.
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Dec 15, 2009

I think that they learn from doing this. When they bite and the other puppy lets out a yelp it lets them no that they are biting to hard!
Thats what victoria stillwell said on its me or the dog. They had a husky that was taken from its mother and litter mates to early so he didnt no that it hurt when he would bite his owners to hard.
So I would say leave them be and that is how they learn =)
Good luck!

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