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My husky and 12 week old dobie pup are fine in the house, on walks, etc. They sort of play, alot of mouthing, wrestling etc. I took them to a ball field thinking they'd run and play but my husky... she ran to the other side and then kept running toward and slamming Mason into the ground, more like being a b#^# then playing. He was freaked out by it and not interested in playing.

Do you think this will go away when he is bigger and can defend himself?

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Well yeah, once he's a 90 pound post she won't be ramming him anymore...  ;D

This behavior may be and assertion of dominance, or it could just be her trying to get him to play at her speed. In a couple months he'll have the speed, agility, a stamina to keep up. Until them you'll have to get after the naughty Husky, "No beating up the puppy!".

Was he letting out any screams? Usually when a puppy is getting too roughed up they let out this special high pitch scream that makes every dog around stop and look for puppies. When you have six or seven big Dobermans running around the yard with puppies you hear this sound a lot. They sound it off when they think they're about to get run over - everyone looks and steers around them. It's a similar sound the the one they make when one of the older dogs corrects them.

If he's not making this sound he's at least not getting scared by the Husky, but it would be safer to keep her in line. Be sure not to baby him or rush to him after a good hit. This will just scare him and can cause damage. Just let him shake it off and realize he's OK.

She better watch out though - that little Doberman is watching her every move, learning. That's one of her jobs you know. In six months he'll be her size. In a year this fun little game she's teaching might turn around and bite her little furry butt.  ;)

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Little furry butt? LOL! Its funny he will grab mouthfuls of fur out of her butt when we are on a walk and he looks like Santa with the white fur beard!  He did make the "scream" you described when Ayden rammed him. I made her "down" and chill out a minute but I think she is just snotty toward puppies especially a submissive one and takes advantage of his size. She does have a reality check coming in a few months!! Hopefully he wont be so wimpy then! She does like to play rough and wrestle so I really hope they become good friends eventually.

What kind of collars do you all use on pups about 3 months old? He is SO strong and I make him walk at my side like Ayden but he gets to leaning on the leash and WOW! He is strong!

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Yeah, I bet he ingests some of that fur too. Those Huskys never run out of undercoat do they?  ;)

If he get too strong pulling of the lead, you can use a head collar. It's best to teach him young not to pull though, but that con be tough in dominate dogs. Until he is over six months don't use a pinch/choke collar!

The head collar keeps them from pulling by having a goofy strap over their nose. If they pull their head get tilted down.

He's so young though, I'd just work with him. Much of heeling is the dog knowing who's in charge. The rest is him knowing what exactly you want him doing.