mouthing the jack russell

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Hello may I first say what a fantastic site this is the info is first rate & hope somebody maybe able to shed a light on this problem

First of all my doberman is a female called bella (not from the twilight films but from an old program called widows if anybody can remember that)

Bella is 18 weeks old we had other dogs (but nothing like a doberman) she is very well behaved as a rule she has good recall will sit & also giving the pore maybe not alot for some people but she is very good

The only problem (beside knicking my boots & socks and chewing them up ) is with the jack russell the jack russell is 8yrs old and also a bitch and not at all nasty but bella will chase and mouth the back of her neck this may look worse than what it is could this be a dominace thing and how can i deal with this any advice will be greatly recieved thank you

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I know exactly where you are coming from, I have Archie who is a 9 year old terrier mix and Cleo a 2 year old doberman and Cleo does the exact same thing to Archie.   We were advised to 'let them sort it out themselves' but I regret this and I would advise to stop your Dobe doing this now.   Let her know this is not allowed, I know I wish I had but Archie was a fiesty little dog who gave as good as he got and I really thought he would not tolerate her behaviour but I think as Cleo got bigger she must have been too rough for him and hurt him and now he just submits to Cleo all the time - and she knows it.  

Interestingly, Cleo submits totally to any other dog we meet outside while Archie stands up to them.  

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My advice would be to stop the rough playing between the two asap.  Your Bella is only 18 wks old and is going to be much bigger and more powerful very soon (sooner than you think, believe me).  As she gets bigger, older, smarter and stronger, that 'mouthing the back of the neck' can easily turn into biting your JRT, then the terrier will have no choice but to try toi fight back, and it's just no contest between a 15 lb dog and an 80 lb dog.

Stop it now, while she is young enough to be trained in other ways to play. Distract Bella with a toy, and praise her for leaving your JRT alone.  Even if they dont 'play' together, that's ok.  It's much MUCH better to have them able to co exist in the same household than it is to try to make them playmates and end up with two dogs that want to fight instead of play. 

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Thank you for your reply that wassaid to me oh they'll sort it out but I'm the same as you I feel sorry for cookie (jack russell ) and as you have said my jack russell would fight king kong where bella just pulls away thank you for your reply it's great to know it's not just us bella is our first dobi & the whole family love her to bits again thanks for your help

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Harley does the exact same thing.  He did it to Ellie (but not anymore, we stopped that) and he does it to his doggy friends.  I know that it is his way to get them to play, but it can be a little rough for a smaller dog.  I normally take this opportunity for a time-out so that he cools it (and can lower his excitement levels). 

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I kinda have the same problem. I am new to this and have so far found it to be helpful. We have Barron an 8.5 month old dobie and Doggie a 14 yr old Pekingese. Doggie has her grumpy MawMaw days occasionally and can't stand Barron. She puts him in his place if he even walks part him. She never bites him, just give him a great big smiley growl but nothing fazes him! Lately I have noticed that Barron will run up behind Doggie and nip her tail or on her back, right above her tail like he'd trying to pick a fight. I keep the two separated as much as possible but sometimes they end up in the same room at the same time. Any suggestions on how to stop this before he hurts my little Mawmaw?

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In oz we have a spray you can use which is designed to stop dogs chewing on themselves or furniture etc. Apparently its very bitter and dogs hate the taste. I'm sure pet stores all over the world must stock something similar.

Maybe try a couple of squirts, not where your dog likes to groom itself, but where the other dog nips, or bites, and it might stop the dog that is being rough, annoying it? As mentioned, this spray is also meant to stop anxious dogs chewing on themselves, so it should be harmless.

I have tried this on a skirting board that Storm thought might be nice to chew on, and this stopped her immediately.

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Thank you Oz, I will defiantly give it a try!