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I have a 4 1/2 month schnoodle puppy and a 9 year old schnoodle. Have had the puppy Cody for 2 months. Riley my older dog does not like him at all. Of course Cody wants to play and jump on Riley’s back. They get in mouth fights constantly. The last few days I have just been stopping it when it gets too rough. Nobody has ever gotten hurt but I think I might have let it go on too long- now have to fix it. Any suggestions. They will both lay with me in the chair when they are sleepy so I don’t think they hate each other. Both seem to be toy aggressive too. I know Riley is from previous experience. They both want the same toy. Please help!!
 

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I wouldn't let Cody jump on Riley if he doesn't like it. Pick Cody up and redirect him to something else (a toy, bone, etc). If he won't leave Riley alone at all he should be put in a crate, ex-pen, or removed from the room until he calms down. Then try again. The puppy needs to learn that's not acceptable.

Make sure there are lots of toy options so nobody is left without one. Don't allow one dog to steal from the other. Start teaching Cody commands like "leave it", "drop it", etc.

When you say "mouth fighting" what do you mean by that. My dogs do that when they play and can be quite vocal, but it's very different from an actual fight.
 

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It is pretty much playing but they get pretty wild at times. Cody steels the toys from Riley- we have plenty but they both want the same one
 

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Totally normal behavior. Whatever one dog has the other dog wants to steal. Mine do this to me too. In fact, I use it to get them to do things because they will leave what they have to get what I have.

It is likely NOT fighting but just really noisy play if they have been doing this and no one is getting hurt. Step back and watch them play.. I bet they will go at it and then take a break of a few seconds.. then go back to it. That is play....

If you want them to NOT steal, give each a toy and separate with an X Pen and rotate between loose dog and X Pen dog. I will warn you.. the loose dog may incite the confined dog with run bys.. sort of like "NaNa nuh na na.. I am loose and you are not.." Dogs can sometimes be jerks to each other that way.
 
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