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Two dogs, how do you know when it's not play? And a question for co-worker
We have a one year old and a 3 month old. They eat together, play with toys, sleep together. When they play, they both chase and bite mouth to mouth and they bite ears. The older will chase the younger and grab her by the neck and shake her head. This looks scary but they do seem to be playing. The puppy will cry and then get away and then run right back to play some more.
It makes me nervous and I want to be sure that this is normal.
I would also like to know what I need to do if the play gets too rough. Do I separate? We use distraction.
My co-worker also has a puppy and a 1 year old. Her dogs have been together for a month, her puppy is 5 months. This weekend she called to say that her older dog was attacking her puppy and that in the process she was bitten. She put the older dog in her crate for most of the day and then let her out and it happened again.
I am going to suggest that we find a trainer who can come in and help.