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Hello!I have two new puppies, not from the...

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26 Aug 2021

Hello!I have two new puppies, not from the same litter but from the same breeder. One is 8 weeks (Finn) and one is 9 weeks (Zai), they are both male mini dachshunds. My question is about their play fighting. They seem to do it often when they are together and I’m unsure if this is an issue or not. I’ve read a lot online and it seems as though this is a normal thing. They both take turn initiating the “fights” and when they break apart after it gets “too” rough they both seem to go back at each other. One doesn’t seem more aggressive than the other, they both have their turns of being the more annoying one. But it does seem to be getting more aggressive and constant whenever they are together. They’ve only been home for a week with us. I have some videos, is there any way I could send them for someone to review?Thanks so much!-Suzy
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26 Aug 2021
Sally G.
Sally G.
Independent Contractor

Hello and welcome. My name is ***** ***** I have been in the dog field for 25 years. I am a Therapy Dog & AKC Evaluator/trainer/ as well as an assistance/service dog trainer, specializing in behavior. It will be my pleasure to help you today. Please understand I can only advise you going by the information you give.

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26 Aug 2021
Customer reply
26 Aug 2021
Thanks so much Sally, appreciate your assistance!
26 Aug 2021
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26 Aug 2021
Sally G.
Sally G.
Independent Contractor

Puppies can try to assert themselves at a young age. I am sorry I cannot see your attachment. Any video would have to be uploaded to youtube and then a link provided.

What I would do now is start your basic training with them in the home. I would also give them breaks from each other. Maybe get a puppy play pen or a gate and separate them that way.

I would invest in mind stimulating toys for each, this helps teach impulse control which puppies do not yet have. They also do not have bite inhibition so training is needed for both.

Toys such as a buster cube. kong genius or a treat dispensing ball are all good for mental stimulation.

I would also be teaching each dog a leave it command on a daily basis. This command can be used for many things and is very valuable. From barking to car chasing.

Train each dog separately until they get some commands down and understand it is a training session

TRAINING

Start your training in non distracting areas and gradually move to more distracting areas slowly. If at any point you move to a more distracting area and the dog acts out, then you have to go back to the last spot he was listening and train longer there, before moving forward.

Also, always remember as you start moving to more distracting areas, you need to up the ante of reward . So , for non distracting areas you can use soft dog treats broken up to smaller pieces , but when it is more distracting you need to up that reward to chicken or hot dog slivers.

If you have never used a clicker , you have to load it first before you start training. This just means you do 10 to 15 repetitions of clicking and treating so she knows that after the click sound, she is rewarded. The click sound, as you train, is actually a marker that she has done the right thing. The clicker costs about 2 dollars in a pet store.

Zac George -loading the clicker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPDOrEEsAJ8

Clicker training/positive method training/ print off

http://www.clickerlessons.com/

For more videos of clicker training other commands go to google search and type in “clicker training videos”

use a variety of items for training leave it so the dog knows it pertains to everything in its sight. Include using a remote control car to represent moving items such as animals or cars

clicker leave it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNAOe1djDyc

clicker maintaining focus http://www.clickertraining.com/files/auto-eye-contact.pdf

26 Aug 2021
Customer reply
26 Aug 2021
we are doing everything you just said already!The puppies each have separate play pens and we have the same toys for both. They nap in their pens and their crates are also in there for the night time. We’ve started very basic training (with clickers) and my husband will take one in another room to train and I’ll play with the other and then we switch. Since they aren’t fully vaccinated yet we talk
Them outside on “walks”-we carry them as we walk so they can get some mental stimulation from the sounds and smells
26 Aug 2021
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26 Aug 2021
Sally G.
Sally G.
Independent Contractor

Great! You are doing everything correct! Now you just need to give it time:) Keep in mind too that they learn bite inhibition through play. When one bites too hard the other will yelp and walk away telling the biter they went too far.

26 Aug 2021
Customer reply
26 Aug 2021
That’s a relief! We’ve been worriedOne final question. When they fight they seem to bite each other peepee and like latch one. The breeder mentioned they might try to do that because they think it’s a nipple but this seems rougher
26 Aug 2021
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26 Aug 2021
Sally G.
Sally G.

Well, that will certainly end up in one walking away from the other , so at this age let them tell each other to stop it. I will pass.

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Okay. Thank you again. Really
Appreciate it!
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