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    Dogs are fighting non-stop, need adivce please help!

    I have 2 Beagles. One is a female and shes a year old. We just got another Beagle he is a boy who is 14 weeks old. We have only had him for 3 days. My husband is absolutely in LOVE with him. However, my Beagles are fighting constantly. At times tails are wagging so I know that they are playing, however it gets really rough. Neither is picked on by the other its equal fighting by both of them. It is driving me crazy. I can't keep them seperated all of the time. Letting the puppy go is not an option. Does anyone know where I go from here? I would appreciate any helpful advice. Thank you so much!

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    Re: Dogs are fighting non-stop, need adivce please help!

    Sounds like its just dogs playing? If you really think it is fighting, consult a trainer/behavorist.

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    I agree, it sounds like they're just playing. Dogs can get very rough when they play, with growling, face-biting and everything, but this is actually quite typical.
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    Re: Dogs are fighting non-stop, need adivce please help!

    So should I just let them fight then, even if one is yelping or seeming to get hurt by the other?

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    Re: Dogs are fighting non-stop, need adivce please help!

    Yeah, mine play pretty rough constantly too. You'd think they were going to kill each other. But, I've learned to tell when its play and when to separate them when I feel uncomfortable with it. You may want to consult a trainer/behaviorist to observe if you are uncomfortable or unsure.

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    Re: Dogs are fighting non-stop, need adivce please help!

    If you are unsure if it is playing or fighting, consult a trainer or behavorist. Or even take a video of it and maybe someone here will be able to tell you. If rough play bothers you, you do not have to allow it. Its your house, your rules.

    Here are some other threads that may help you:
    https://www.dogforums.com/3-dog-train...g-playing.html
    https://www.dogforums.com/3-dog-train...on-t-stop.html
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    Re: Dogs are fighting non-stop, need adivce please help!

    My Older Beagle is 35lbs and the little one is a mere 13lbs. Just now she pounced on him had his whole neck in her mouth and he yelped really loud so I know he was in pain. I am not sure if I can send footage from my cell and transfer it online but I will try to record it now if they begin to fight again.

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    Re: Dogs are fighting non-stop, need adivce please help!

    sounds like play fight. But like mac N Roe said, if you are uncomfortable with how the play is going, distract them right away and redirect them. You only had the other beagle for three days, so it could also mean the older beagle is still adjusting to the fact that she isn't the only dog now in the house. Give them time and just let them handle their issues unless its getting TOO MUCH.

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    Re: Dogs are fighting non-stop, need adivce please help!

    I took a video but I don't know how to send it. I think my older Beagle is trying hard to be more tolerant of the little one because she can tell that I am very upset about the fighting. I guess I will have to try to find a behaviorist, thanks for your help!

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    Re: Dogs are fighting non-stop, need adivce please help!

    Does the older dog stop when the puppy yelps? Does the puppy come back for more, or is he attempting to hide or get away at all? If either dog is not stopping when the other yelps or is attempting to get away, that is a sign that the play has gone too far. My dogs play really rough at times, but if it gets to a point that I am uncomfortable watching it, I break them up by clapping or stomping or calling one of them to me. You've only had the pup three days, so they should kinda work it out to an extent....you don't need to keep them seperated all the time, but at the same time, don't be afraid to break them up either and put them on opposite sides of a baby gate or something for a few minutes.
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    Re: Dogs are fighting non-stop, need adivce please help!

    I agree with the consensus here, sounds just like rough playing. On top of that, Beagles can be very noisy when they play wrestle, and I have one that LOVES puppies, but has a bad habit of pulling them by the ears, lol. Of course, the pup yelps and lets Bunny have it, but it's all in good fun
    The easiest way to determine for sure if this is play behavior is to note if either or both dogs are doing the play bow w/ their butt up in the air, lol.

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