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Old 08-31-2018, 09:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Aggression or just a puppy?? Please help!!!

My little fajita is 9 weeks old. We’ve got him when he was a little over 7 weeks old. My boyfriend made the mistake of buying litter mates and they might possibly have littermate syndrome. I try to keep them separate for the most part but my little boy fajita just wants to fight w my female mocha whenever they’re together. I usually just spray them with a squirt bottle and substitute for a toy and separate again. But lately Fajita has been charging and trying to bite at anything and everything. He goes for my face and ankles and hands and toes-you name it. Sometimes he’ll even start biting at nothing and growling. I don’t know what to do and I don’t know what I did wrong but I just want to help him because he is the sweetest boy ever. Just lately he’s doing these things and I don’t know if I should be worried or be doing something different. My boyfriend wants to rehome him but I have spent every minute with these dogs since we got them and I’m too attached to pick one over the other. Please help. Any advice is useful. Thank you


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Ok, what you’re describing is neither aggression or anything having anything to do with littermate syndrome. Having successfully raised littermates, one of which is selectively DA, I’ll address each topic - the biting and littermate syndrome, separately.

First the biting: totally normal puppy behavior. Puppies this young don’t show aggression, so what you’re dealing with is the need to teach bite inhibition. When you two pups are biting on each other, growling and acting like fools that is totally normal puppy play. Even at 2 mine act like complete idiots sometimes lol! The best thing you can do is nothing. Let them play. It may sound ferocious or look like they’re fighting but they’re playing. When either gets too rough or bites too hard the other will tell them. Dogs learn best from each other. Only intervene if things get completely out of hand and one is trying to get away from the other or scared or yelping. That kind of thing. Obviously intervene if they’re too wild but for the most part let them play and learn from each other. When it comes to the pup biting you, a sharp squeal and walking away completely ignoring the pup will teach them the same way other dogs or their mama would. Completely ignoring him is important. You can inadvertently reinforce the behavior through attention - negative or positive attention. You can substitute a toy as well but I would stop with the spray bottle. They may think that’s play and as they get older it will likely have zero affect.

They are also too young to exhibit signs of littermate syndrome so you’re still able to prevent but it’s A LOT of work. Littermate syndrome is when the dogs look to each other for comfort, fun, love, etc all but leaving you out. The goal is to teach them that you’re the leader and they need to look to you first for all things in life. My sibs absolutely love each other but they both want me more than each other. Now when I come home and let them out of their crates they wait for their sibling to be out before greeting me and they do better at the vet when they’re together so it’s not like they’re no longer siblings but when it’s bedtime they both want to snuggle with me not each other. Does that make sense?

In order to prevent the syndrome you have to separate like you said. Always force them to sleep separately even go so far as to put them in different rooms. Feed them separately, at different times or in different rooms. Walk them separate, play with them separate, do separate potty breaks, train separately. Now obviously they don’t have to be separated all the time but the more YOU interact with them separately now the better off you will be later when it matters.

Plus it gives you a chance to learn and get to know each dog. They may be littermates but trust me when I tell you they are also individuals. My dogs were born of the same litter, both raised and trained by me and they are both very very different and need different handling. Nala is my sweet little submissive girl. She’s like the girl in the outfield chasing butterflies. Kind of aloof but sweet as can be. She’s got a mean stubborn streak and can be a bit of a diva. She does what she wants when she wants to. She loves to be told she’s a good girl and trains beautifully with lots of positive praise. Kaos is way more confident and independent. He’s very curious and very obedient. He’s a total mama’s boy but he knows he’s a good boy so he needs corrections to train. He’s also selectively DA and has a fit whenever I take Nala somewhere. He doesn’t like to be left out!

The final piece of advice I’ll give is this: if you’re not already crate training, START NOW! Not only will crates keep your babies safe when they can’t be supervised and help with housebreaking but they are essential to prevent littermate syndrome. Put the crates in different rooms and crate one when you’re working with the other.

Any questions please ask but don’t overreact to puppies being puppies. Single
puppies take tons and tons of patience and time. Adding a second doubles that and adding a littermate triples that. Having said that, putting in the time and patience now will be exponentially rewarding later. I wouldn’t trade my dogs for the world - they adore me as much as I do them and they’re all able to entertain each other and themselves when I have things to do - even when they do follow me around while I do them!

Good luck and keep us posted.


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Ok, what you’re describing is neither aggression or anything having anything to do with littermate syndrome. Having successfully raised littermates, one of which is selectively DA, I’ll address each topic - the biting and littermate syndrome, separately.

First the biting: totally normal puppy behavior. Puppies this young don’t show aggression, so what you’re dealing with is the need to teach bite inhibition. When you two pups are biting on each other, growling and acting like fools that is totally normal puppy play. Even at 2 mine act like complete idiots sometimes lol! The best thing you can do is nothing. Let them play. It may sound ferocious or look like they’re fighting but they’re playing. When either gets too rough or bites too hard the other will tell them. Dogs learn best from each other. Only intervene if things get completely out of hand and one is trying to get away from the other or scared or yelping. That kind of thing. Obviously intervene if they’re too wild but for the most part let them play and learn from each other. When it comes to the pup biting you, a sharp squeal and walking away completely ignoring the pup will teach them the same way other dogs or their mama would. Completely ignoring him is important. You can inadvertently reinforce the behavior through attention - negative or positive attention. You can substitute a toy as well but I would stop with the spray bottle. They may think that’s play and as they get older it will likely have zero affect.

They are also too young to exhibit signs of littermate syndrome so you’re still able to prevent but it’s A LOT of work. Littermate syndrome is when the dogs look to each other for comfort, fun, love, etc all but leaving you out. The goal is to teach them that you’re the leader and they need to look to you first for all things in life. My sibs absolutely love each other but they both want me more than each other. Now when I come home and let them out of their crates they wait for their sibling to be out before greeting me and they do better at the vet when they’re together so it’s not like they’re no longer siblings but when it’s bedtime they both want to snuggle with me not each other. Does that make sense?

In order to prevent the syndrome you have to separate like you said. Always force them to sleep separately even go so far as to put them in different rooms. Feed them separately, at different times or in different rooms. Walk them separate, play with them separate, do separate potty breaks, train separately. Now obviously they don’t have to be separated all the time but the more YOU interact with them separately now the better off you will be later when it matters.

Plus it gives you a chance to learn and get to know each dog. They may be littermates but trust me when I tell you they are also individuals. My dogs were born of the same litter, both raised and trained by me and they are both very very different and need different handling. Nala is my sweet little submissive girl. She’s like the girl in the outfield chasing butterflies. Kind of aloof but sweet as can be. She’s got a mean stubborn streak and can be a bit of a diva. She does what she wants when she wants to. She loves to be told she’s a good girl and trains beautifully with lots of positive praise. Kaos is way more confident and independent. He’s very curious and very obedient. He’s a total mama’s boy but he knows he’s a good boy so he needs corrections to train. He’s also selectively DA and has a fit whenever I take Nala somewhere. He doesn’t like to be left out!

The final piece of advice I’ll give is this: if you’re not already crate training, START NOW! Not only will crates keep your babies safe when they can’t be supervised and help with housebreaking but they are essential to prevent littermate syndrome. Put the crates in different rooms and crate one when you’re working with the other.

Any questions please ask but don’t overreact to puppies being puppies. Single
puppies take tons and tons of patience and time. Adding a second doubles that and adding a littermate triples that. Having said that, putting in the time and patience now will be exponentially rewarding later. I wouldn’t trade my dogs for the world - they adore me as much as I do them and they’re all able to entertain each other and themselves when I have things to do - even when they do follow me around while I do them!

Good luck and keep us posted.


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Oh my goodness this makes me feel SO much better. I had a friend mention littermate syndrome and since then I’ve had anxiety about it and I thought that it was probably just him being a puppy but I wanted to make sure. I’ve grown to love these dogs so much in the little time I’ve had them and I’m totally guilty of overreacting and being a worry wart lol. Thank you so much for replying this helped with a lot of the things I have been worrying about.


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Glad to help! Try not to worry too much. Dogs feed off our energy. I remember getting upset and anxious when I first had multiple dogs years ago when they would growl or spat and that only made things worse. Now very little gets me upset or anxious.

There are a lot of people here to help so don’t be afraid to ask questions or use the search box to find answers to questions when they come up.


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What great advise DynamicDuo. I sincerely appreciate not only your knowledge but also taking the time to share it.
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