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My husband and I have had our Dobie for a little over a week now.  She is great, and we love her! However, the one thing that is starting to really worry me is her rough play.  We have a terrier mix 5 year old dog, and he is only about 15 pounds.  Berkeley (our Dobie) is already a little bigger than him, just within the past week.  After a couple of days together, they started playing, but now that she is getting bigger and their play fights are lasting longer and longer, I am starting to get nervous. Should I intervene? I try to keep an eye on them, and they both initiate play at times...so I don't think one is afraid of the other.  But as she is just going to get bigger and stronger, I wanted to know how I should handle these play times....any ideas??

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Someone will come along who knows more about this than I do.  I just wanted to say welcome to the forum.  This is a great place.  Lots of knowledge and great people.

I will say that dobies are very rough.  But I can't give any advice about handling multiple dog situations.  My "multiple dogs" were not dobies.  And now I only have Reesie.

Good luck!

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I have a terrier mix (16 - 18 lbs) that is about 5 months older than my Ziva, and when they were both small, they would rough-house a lot.  As Ziva got bigger and stronger, Lilly (the terrier) got very possessive of toys that they used to both play with---tug of war games---and she started snipping at Ziva.  Ziva sort of got the attitude "you want a piece of me?  OK,BRING IT ON" and they got into a couple of pretty nasty battles---teeth and lots of growling involved.  It worried me and we spent the next 6 months keeping them separated when we were not in the same room with them.  Stopped ALL tug games between the two of them, stopped ALL stare-downs between the two, and pretty much played the puppy police just to keep things from escalating.  Now Ziva is a year and a half old and Lilly is almost 2 yrs old, and they still like to play together, and occasionally will have a stare-down and chase each other around, and even so-- I still keep a close eye on them because I know that dobes play awfully hard, and I dont want Lilly to get hurt, (even though I know that 99% of the time, Lilly instigates the friction). 

So, speaking from experience, I would advise toning down the play between the two of them just to keep things from getting out of control, because I swear, it can happen in a moment when you're not expecting anything but playing....all it takes is for one dog to give the other one the wrong look, the wrong body language, or a little nip some place on the body that sets the mood for more than just play.

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Spike n Lily are constantly rough housing with each other. At first it worried me to no end because Lily was so much smaller compared to Spike but now i see it is just how the dobies play. they show their teeth and their pouncing abilities. i always joke that they are like deer bc they jump so high. Spike loves to chew on Lily head because he is so much taller and Lily bites his knees and backs of his legs and then runs. he can never reach her when she bites him there.

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When we first got Ashe (she was about 5-6 weeks old at the time we rescued her from behind a bookstore) and had Zelda play with her, we were worried that Zelda would be too rough with her; but Ashe was just as "viscious" when they played. Sure there were times that Zelda was too rough, but we corrected her, even isolated her from everyone for about a minute before letting them play again.