My little monster

3 replies [Last post]
Steph's picture
Offline
Joined: 2011-08-29

Pet Profiles

Hi Everyone...

Britta is now 5 months old and is doing really good over all, she is finally potty trained and we are done posting her ears. One problem is she is really getting rough with our 4 year old female German Shorthair Pointer, Trigger. Trigger is such a sweet dog, not the leader of the pack type. So Britta is always rough playing with her. Trigger will cry out when she is hurt but Britta seems to not care and just keep attacking (playing). Most of the time Trigger is up for playing with her but Britta is really starting to make her mark. Last night she put a long cut on Triggers back and she always has scratches and cuts now. When I can tell Trigger doesn't want to play then I will keep them apart but its hard to always catch. Britta loves to play with Trigger, I don't think its an aggressive thing at all but its a very rowdy puppy playing a little too hard. My question is....should I just let Trigger stand up for herself and tell Britta no when she doesn't want to play or should I give Britta a time apart in her crate? I can't see the crate to help much cause she would probably go back to doing the same thing once she is out. She has all sorts of toys but her favorite is the live one :)

Any ideas are appreciated!

Hickory67's picture
Offline
Joined: 2011-07-20

Pet Profiles

They do play rough. We have a chihuahua and we have to rescue him from our 7-month old Dobe, Gideon, most of the time. We don't have them completely separated yet, but depending on Gideon's tolerance of Stormy as he matures, I anticipate we will have to divide the real estate to keep from having a serious incident when the play turns serious.

If it were me, I'd separate them rather than letting your other dog make a stand.

Legend of Zelda's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-12-23

Pet Profiles

Don't let Britta do that to Trigger! Break it up and tell her no. Promote gentle playing, establish the act that you're the alpha, not her.

KevinK's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-07-15

Pet Profiles

I would be careful for a few reasons, firstly you want to make sure everyone is safe.  I have zero problem with 2 dogs playing as rough as they want, provided they are BOTH ok with it, and it's not getting out of control.  If they get to rough for your liking, or one of the dogs has had enough, they need to be separated.  I would also keep a very close eye on them, since it sounds like they are both females, which can result in problems down the road.