Our young dog is continually playing roughly with the older dog, causing it to bark loudly. This happens several times a day. Is there any way to stop this? She also fights with the cat daily.
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Our young dog is continually playing roughly with the older dog, causing it to bark loudly. This happens several times a day. Is there any way to stop this? She also fights with the cat daily.

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Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Young one is about a year old, medium-sized terrier, possible some dobermann. Older one is about 12, small dog, part beagle.
Young one is about a year old, medium-sized terrier, possible some dobermann. Older one is about 12, small dog, part beagle.

You're asking for a lot without giving a lot. I don't like pulling teeth, so how about a little background?
Plus, please quote part of the post you're responding to. It makes it easier on everyone.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Our young dog is continually playing roughly with the older dog, causing it to bark loudly. This happens several times a day. Is there any way to stop this? She also fights with the cat daily.[/nq]Are you sure it is a problem? My dogs love to play wrestling games. It sounds like World War III has broken out in our backyard with the barking and growling mixed in with grunts and body slamming sounds. But they would hate life if I made them stop. First figure out whether the older dog is barking out of annoyance or as part of the game. If you decide it is a negative and you want to stop it, there are ways to do that, but it would help to have a lot more information about what is going on.

For example, the only time one of my dogs warning barks at another dog is when she thinks that the dog is going to steal her chewie. Since I could observe the interactions and pick up on the fact that chewies were a precipitator, I could eliminate the problem in one step by giving the dogs chewies in separate areas. But if I had asked here how to stop the fighting without telling anyone about the chewies, it would be a crap shoot whether that easy and highly effective solution would ever have come up with the odds against me.

Paula
Persons with names like Sierra, Sequoia, Auburn, and Rainbow can't sing the Blues no matter how many men they shoot in Memphis.
Are you sure it is a problem?

My aged dog definitely felt harassed by my Siberian Husky puppy. I dealt with it by finding the puppy a more appropriate playmate. And that was how it started ...
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Are you sure it is a problem?

My aged dog definitely felt harassed by my Siberian Husky puppy. I dealt with it by finding the puppy a more appropriate playmate. And that was how it started ...

Dear OP:
Unless you have a huge yard, do not use Melinda's method of solving the problem! Emotion: smile
One of the reasons we have the mix of dogs we have is that every dog has a playmate that is well matched in energy and size so they can wear each other out. Glad it didn't take me a sled team to get that mix, but I might feel differently if I lived in snow country and loved to dogsled.

Paula
Persons with names like Sierra, Sequoia, Auburn, and Rainbow can't sing the Blues no matter how many men they shoot in Memphis.
Unless you have a huge yard, do not use Melinda's method of solving the problem! Emotion: smile

or, even if you do have a large yard.
One of the reasons we have the mix of dogs we have is that every dog has a playmate that is well matched in energy and size so they can wear each other out.

i really miss that. one of the hardest things about having a single dog household is not exercise or playtime (surprisingly, to me), but coming to a mutual understanding about when it's appropriate to pursue either of those things. harriet has definitely fine tuned her on/off switch in the past few months.

shelly
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