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 Post subject: Demon puppy issues
PostPosted: 08 Aug 2016, 09:01 
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Hi All

I have a 4 month f1b miniature labradoodle who is an absolute dream puppy, he is so sweet natured and a really beautiful boy.

My mum has a 3 month f1 miniature labradoodle who is a little terror, he bites my young nieces and hangs off their clothes, he bites the adults hands, but worst of all he bites my boy - all the time they are together.

2 weeks ago I took my Ted my mum's for a bbq and was really excited because Ted could meet Digby (my mum's puppy) as soon as Digby saw Ted he went for him and Ted did not know what to do he kept running away. Eventually Ted started back on Digby but I could tell he wasn't properly biting because we have trained him not to bite.

My mum's puppy was growling and hanging off Ted's face, when Ted yelped Digby didn't let go he started ragging Ted around even though he is half the size. In the end we separated them. As Digby was too young to go out we assumed it was because he wasn't socialised yet and would get better with training.

2 weeks later and we took Ted back to my mum's this weekend and although I could see an improvement with Digby and his human interaction (very sweet little thing now) as soon as he saw Ted he went for his face again and Ted was yelping and Digby was growling aggressively, it was beyond play fighting and we separated them again.

Is this normal puppy behavior ? I thought Labradoodles were supposed to be sweet natured and highly sociable?

Is there anything we can do to stop this behavior bearing in mind I doubt Ted will show dominance and put Digby in his place so I'm not prepared to let them sort it out between themselves?

Thanks
Haylie & Ted

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 Post subject: Re: Demon puppy issues
PostPosted: 08 Aug 2016, 10:13 
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It's always tricky when pups have different ideas about "play"!
Our Dude is a gentle soul and he experienced this kind of situation when he was around Teds age. He even used to hide behind my legs!
A couple of points: What does your Mum do when Digby is misbehaving?Does she nip it in the bud with distraction?
Also, has Digby visited your house? Does he behave in the same way?
Another point, 1months age difference is a lot in pups and your Ted is a bit more mature. I wouldn't see it as aggressive behaviour, more boisterous over the top puppy play on Digbys part. I feel for Ted because Dude was like him. I think Digby needs to be gently taught some manners!
Dude is now much better at dealing with the general encounters with other dogs but will always be a gentle boy. Anny


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 Post subject: Re: Demon puppy issues
PostPosted: 08 Aug 2016, 23:38 
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I think Digby needs to get out and about a bit and meet lots of dogs so he can learn what is and is not acceptable in terms of play.

Also, play with pups is different to play with people - I wouldn't stop them nipping each other (as long as it doesn't get too one-sided) - that is how they learn bite inhibition - they learn what hurts. They do need to learn that nipping people is not on though.

Something for your Mum to look out for - puppies do get overtired and have a manic few moments when they really need to go to bed but don't know it. That is when I put them to bed in a crate or pen, with something to chew and lick themselves to sleep with.

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 Post subject: Re: Demon puppy issues
PostPosted: 09 Aug 2016, 16:53 
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Hi

Thanks for your replies.

I hope you're right and it is just play and nothing aggressive (like being bred wrong if there is such a thing). I just can't believe how completely different to Ted he is.

I doubt my mum has the resolve to allow him to 'play' like that with a dog in the park if he starts barking/biting she will probably pull him away from a stranger's dog, I don't think she even wants him off lead to be honest, so I worry that he won't get the telling off he needs (Ted certainly won't do it) and he doesn't listen when we try and tell him no - he hangs on and rags poor ted's face/ears/tail/legs !!

He is going to obedience classes apparently so hopefully that will help but I will relay your replies back to my mum.

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