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Post by homebrewpower on Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:59 pm

Hi there to all here,

We have recently purchased a 16 week male puppy Fur-Baby as a life friend for our 2 year old bitch. They are related down the bloodline and I just wanted to ask about the dominance / playing situation.

Our bitch (Rusty Bear) has always been aggressive towards most other dogs and very dominant in her ways but since we introduced our puppy dog (Teddy Bear) they follow each other around all the time, what worries me is the constant paw to head bashing and ear nipping and throat nipping. They are as bad as one another. They are not yapping or snarling but more so sumo wrestling but Rusty Bear did have Teddy Bear on his back today and had a hold of his throat. They are not causing any harm, no hair ripping or blood drawing but I just need to know if this is something to be expected or something I should be acting upon?

All comments welcomed as this is our first time with 2 monkeys!!!

Kind regards

Andy
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Post by sands-62 on Tue Jun 28, 2011 8:47 pm

Hi I have two girls one is 4years old and the other is almost 3years old and they 'play fight' a lot of the time. Mali the older one will go flying at 100mph at Tasha and when she reaches her will headbutt her. It sounds to me that they are getting along alright and this is quite a natural thing to do . Obviously you will have to keep an eye out for them in case they get a bit above themselves, mine are usually very loving to each other and get along extremely well. Roony & Roxy on here has just got her third Shiddie about three weeks ago so she may be able to give you some more advice, form first hand, but there are lots on here that can help and we are only to happy to.

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Post by homebrewpower on Tue Jun 28, 2011 8:54 pm

Hi Sands-62,

Thank you for your kind words. Turns out that Roxy (From Roxy & Rooney) is related to Rusty Bear and would you believe that Teddy Bear Pippa have the same Dad, from the same breeder! It is all very incestuous!

Look forwards to some more comments & advice

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Post by Lissy on Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:00 pm

Mine are Alfie 1 year and Charlie 10 months, and they fight all the time, they jump from the flower beds in the garden ( 2ft high) onto each others heads, pin each other down, drag around by ear, lips and even tail ( Charlie doesn't have a tail he has Spina Bifida)................so don't worry they are doing great, and I am sure the Queen of Shih Tzu's ( Simbalove ) will tell you the same, she is the font of all knowledge and is my Auntie Lesley Smile
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Post by simbalove on Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:35 pm

Sounds to me like you are describing perfectly normal shih tzu behaviour lol! They love a good rough and tumble, chase around fight and kill one another then drop down shattered only to start it all off again a while later Very Happy

Josh did not have company until last year (I always felt dreadful about that and used to encourage him to play fight me with glove puppets) but he soon latched on to the games and he now starts the play fights. He also likes tobe underneath having his throat ripped out lol! and will actually present his throat for Isabella to pounce on.

Welcome to the mad house antics of multiple shih tzu families. PS they play till they are quite old too. I have a lovely photo somehwere of the last litter of pups I had with their granddad and auntie chasing them round the room - it looked like a war zone and the wicked look on the puppies faces was just magic xxxxx

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Post by homebrewpower on Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:58 am

To all who have answered x

Thank you so much for your words of wisdom, it has now cemented a bond between our little family of fur babies.

Seems this morning that Teddy is now giving out the punishments, so funny hugging dogs
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Post by sujay on Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:25 am

It sounds to me like you have two very friendly happy little monsters that are having great fun together. Smile
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Post by simbalove on Thu Jun 30, 2011 6:19 pm

Even after over thirty years I still smile at their antics Very Happy Your lives will never be the same again and will be enriched beyond belief xxxxx Looking forward to many tales of their exploits (and PICTURES TOO!!!!)

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Post by Rooney, Roxy&Pip on Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:45 pm

lol! we are all related in Lincolnshire

Rooney has a bad habit now of going for Pippa's throat and I am having to tell him no. Roxy and Pippa play well as Roxy is a lot more gentler than Rooney. I am happy to let mine get on with it but just a careful eye on Rooney is needed until she gets bigger.
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Post by simbalove on Fri Jul 01, 2011 7:20 pm

I am pretty sure that Pippa would be able to hold her own however rough Rooney gets lol! Shih Tzu puppies are a lot stronger than they look xxx

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Post by Rooney, Roxy&Pip on Sat Jul 02, 2011 9:14 am

Oh yeah she sure is! She does keep going back for more play fighting so she isnt scared at all of them.
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Post by sands-62 on Sat Jul 02, 2011 1:32 pm

Rooney&Roxy wrote:Oh yeah she sure is! She does keep going back for more play fighting so she isnt scared at all of them.

More pics of Pippa as she must have grown quite a bit please.
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Post by Rooney, Roxy&Pip on Sat Jul 02, 2011 11:03 pm

Will do! I was taking some today
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