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I think that lots of fighting helps a Lab to become more gentle. My dog had a playmate that he wrestled with once a week for a year when he was about a year. They were well matched for energy, so we never had to separate them. Otherwise, he is sweet and calm, like a plush toy, b/c he burned off excess energy.

Also, as long as you don't hear shrieks, don't be concerned if you see a little minor bloodshed, especially around his mouth. Labs are tough, and pups have sharp teeth, so they can do a little minor bloodshed without ill effects. As long as he's having fun, I think it is great.

BTW, one test we use to see if a victim is being bullied - Take the bully away... if the victim tries to follow... things are probably OK.
 
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