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Hello everyone,
Its me with another question. I gave my lonely aunt my other puppy and rescued a 5 1/2 week old chihuahua(so put away your torches & pitchforks, I also took him to the vet). My question is this, I have a chihuahua/boston tierrier mix 1 1/2 years old and when the new puppy plays with him they get along great with soft biting and walking, except there are times my bigger chi gets rougher by rolling on his back, side to side. It seems to make the puppy mad and he seems to snap, he growls and then bites my bigger chi from his leg or chest and bites down & twists his head side to side as if he were killing a rabbit, then my bigger dog rolls to the other side which pisses off the puppy and he growls and continues by crawling on him and biting more. After which I grab the puppy and set him aside and say no, my older dog doesnt do anything it doesnt seem to hurt him or bother him at all. Is that normal at this young age(I suppose)? Should I keep correcting him? Or should I just let my dog eventually correct him?
Thanks again to everyone for being so kind and helpful with all my questions.
 

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Sounds like they are playing to me as well. Dogs can get rough. I would still keep an eye on it, and by all means correct it. They will learn the limitations.
 

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If neither pup is upset, no whining and no louder, higher pitched growling (from pain), then you can let them play... and it's a good outlet. If you think that they are getting to excited, then take the 'bully' away and let him calm down... then let them go back to playing. On the other hand, if the 'victim' follows you and tries to attack the 'bully' ... then it's good wholesome roughhousing...
 

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Normally, at 5 1/2 weeks, puppies are still with their mother and litter. It's an important time for them to learn dog body language and good manners. It sounds like your two dogs are just playing, and sometimes your puppy crosses a line. It seems like right now your older dog understands just how young the puppy is and is being very patient. As time goes on, if it continues, he'll probably give some corrections himself. It's normal (mother dogs do it) but keep an eye to make sure it doesn't go too far.

It seems like a good step to intervene if the biting gets out of control. Best to teach your puppy from a very early age that nobody, dog or human, will allow that behavior.

Have fun having a puppy at home :)
 

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On the other hand, if the 'victim' follows you and tries to attack the 'bully' ... then it's good wholesome roughhousing...
That's what our Chi and Persian cat do. They'll roughhouse, we'll break it up when the cat complains, then the cat ambushes the dog a few seconds later.

I agree, if things seem out of hand, distract them and break it up to curb over-excitement. They may go back to it a moment later but no one should get hurt.
 
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