Well I guess the honeymoon period is over. For both of them. Hendrix is BOLD and rough with Roxy, and she's starting to express her irritation by putting him in his place in a seemingly harsh way. Not all the time, and they are still enjoying each other when I let them play, but once in a while, Roxy just lays into Hendrix. One snap, which may or may not hurt, then Hendrix yelps LOUDLY, and keeps his distance. But not for long... Then they get separated.
I can't always figure out why she's ***, but it's never over food or toys. They eat separately, and they actually share toys really well. It's usually during a wrestling match, or when Hendrix wants to start one.

Anwyay, what should I do? Do I say anything to her or to him? Let them work it out on their own? (Under my watchful eyes, of course, always.) Ideally, I'm ending play sessions before Roxy gets frustrated, but sometimes I see no cues that it's coming. A complicating factor is that Roxy has been on an antihistimine roller coaster, with one that really, really messed her up for a day this past week. That was the first time she got bitchy with him. She's feeling better today, but it's still happening.

Thanks for any advice. We're having a total blast here with Hendrix, and I just want to make sure I'm not screwing anything up.

Lynne
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Then they get separated.

By the way, I do this in a pleasant and not immediately after Roxy's snarking, FWTW. I'm not sure at all how I should be handling this.

Lynne
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Well I guess the honeymoon period is over. For both of them. Hendrix is BOLD and rough with Roxy, and ... We're having a total blast here with Hendrix, and I just want to make sure I'm not screwing anything up.

Don't allow him to do that. He needs to learn to inhibit his actions. Continue to end play sessions when they become too rough, and give Hendrix a time out with a verbal warning when you do
Well I guess the honeymoon period is over. For both of them. Hendrix is BOLD and rough with Roxy, and ... We're having a total blast here with Hendrix, and I just want to make sure I'm not screwing anything up.

Sounds like you should let nature take it's course as you said
Just my 2$.

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Sounds like you should let nature take it's course as you said Just my 2$.

Do you have experience with anything like this? No one else has bothered to reply so maybe I'm doing okay?
This morning I decided to tell the pup not to jump on the dog while she was relaxing. He listened (after a few tries), and Roxy seemed grateful based on the amount of hand licking I got.

Lynne
Do you have experience with anything like this? No one else has bothered to reply so maybe I'm doing okay?

A few people have replied, but maybe the posts haven't made their way to your server yet.
It's a balancing act and requires judgment. On the one hand you definitely don't want the puppy to be badgering the older dog, but on the other hand you do want the puppy learning to be a good citizen (i.e. socialization) and that means having the older dog teach the puppy to back off. Basically, I allow some of it but not to the point where the older dog is seriously annoyed. Whether or not "letting nature take its course" is a good idea depends on what nature has gotten herself up to. This is also a good time (and a good circumstance) to make sure that each dog has its own safe space that it can go to to get away if it wants.
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Whether or not "letting nature take its course" is a good idea depends on what nature has gotten herself up to.

I love this statement!

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Max the pomeranian
& Rosalie the calico cat
I've had some issues with the same thing with Gabby and Buddy. She just doesn't know when to stop it seems and I've been letting Buddy handle it. Usually he looks at her and gives a growl and she backs off on. One or two occasions he's snapped at her. For the most part I let them sort it out she needs to learn where she stands and when to stop what she's doing.

The only time I interferred is the once when the growl and turned into a nasty snarl and I though he was at his wits and was really going to rip into her.. At that point scolded her and put her in her kennel for a while to calm down and give him a break.
At this point in time I would never leave the two of them alone in the house loose. She just doesn't have enough common sense just yet to know when it's time to call it quits
Now the cats are another thing I constantly have to scold her for harassing the cats. The two oldest are putting her in her place and just this weekend Spot had enough and turned on her and chased her through the kitchen into the dining room. It was a welcome site I wasn't sure Spot was ever going to stand up to her but now she is.
Celeste
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