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Hi all,

We were hoping if anyone could shine some light on this issue we are having at the moment.

Our 14 week old lab pup is growing big quickly and is starting to play rough and bark at our little 14yo Maltese. He was the same size as her at 8 weeks but know hes double. This has increased over the last week and we have tried seprating them, attaching leash to pull back with a firm tone No! when he starts to paw whack her and trying to sit down and pat them both in a calm positive manner. Usha is an inside dog and Night is an outside dog but we bring the Maltese out to spend time with them both outside for at least 2 hours a day. Sometimes we are all outside together. Occasionally he'll get distracted by something or gets bored of her for a few minutes but then goes back to it again.

Our Maltese 'Usha' has really had enough so she'll stand her ground until he gets to close to her face (either biting or paw whacking) then she'll retaliate with a growl and bark. Problem is he still persists and then his hackles go up. We notice during training school that he's taking a rough play approach to little dogs now as well.

Any clues to help make a peace with these two? Anything will be appreciated. For the record he interacts with lots of other puppies, dogs, people and kids will he grow out of this behaviour?
 

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1. Let Usha snark the pup to tell him "No."
2. When the pup then continues, take him away immediately and ask him to Sit for about 15 seconds. Don't say No, yell, or punish.
3. After he sits, give him a tiny treat, then let him go back to pester -
4. Repeat Steps 1 - 3 .... eventually it will get through his thick Lab skull...

In all cases, when a pup tortures an adult, and the adult isn't reprimanding effectively, you want to help the adult... and try not to reprimand the pup, instead let the adult do that, so that both will learn to interact. It might also help to introduce the pup to an older, larger Lab pup or adult, that will 'teach' your pup some manners.
 
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