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Old January 2nd, 2012, 07:08 PM
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Playing or Fighting?

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Hope everyone had an amazing Christmas and a happy New Year! Fortunately we are students and have a nice, long Christmas break. I have a question regarding what (we think) is play-fighting. We are at my Mothers because they are on vacation and we are babysitting her 3-month old Wheaten terrier. He is a cutie but he has an attitude about him (like most terriers I suppose). We brought Dash along with us and the entire 5 days we have been here they have been all over each other. Unless we separate them they are constantely growling, showing their teeth, running all over the place, chasing each other, bowing down and jumping, and taking each other to the ground. We have been told that they are only playing but it just hasn't stopped. Dash is only a year and a half old and Jaxon (the puppy) is as I said, 3 months old. Any ideas how to stop this? Or should we just let it go? Will it stop! Haha because we are here until Saturday. Any info is appreciated.

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Old January 2nd, 2012, 09:25 PM
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It does sound like play, dashn'us. If the play was turning into fights, you'd hear a change in the growls and see the body posture get tense. Youngsters play with a lot of teeth showing and a lot of wrestling. The play-bowing is a good sign, and turn and turn-about 'pinning' to the ground is normal. Our big boys will allow the smallest of the girls to roll them when they're playing, even though she wouldn't have a chance in Hades of doing it on her own!

We have a "no wrasslin' in the house" rule that gets broken pretty frequently. When I need them to calm down, I distract them with a short training session, and the session ends when they've stopped panting. If you're lucky, they'll decide they're tired of play and settle down for a nap at that point!

I think it's marvelous that they get along so well!
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