Post # 1
We have 2 5 month old shar pei puppies. They are brother and sister. (we got the girl puppy when she was 7 weeks and the boy puoppy at 13 weeks) Recently they have started this really agressive teeth bearing viscious growling/jumping/biting at each other. The do not do it to the other dog nor to FH or myself. Just each other. When they aren’t doing that they are constantly playing with each other, they are best friends! But I am trying to figure out why the sudden outbursts and showing of teeth. We tell them no and they get put in trouble when they do this but it is not stopping them from doing it between 2-3 times daily. (They are crated seperately during the day when we aren’t there) Are they both trying to be alpha dog?
Post # 3
Our youngest two do this, but they are play fighting. If they get along most times, then it could be play fighting. But sometimes the youngest and oldest show teeth and that is actually agression. I would look into either option, but it’s hard for me to explain the difference. The youngest and oldest look mad at each other but when the two youngest fight they are sparring, but they still growl and bite at each other playfully, but they would never go too far.
Post # 4
Yes exactly. They are both trying to be the alpha. Try not to worry too much, soon they will figure it out and get used to each other. Right now they are just testing their dominance skills by getting out of hand while playing. It is perfectly normal with puppies. (adorable breed, btw!!) If it looks like they are going to hurt each other, then break it up. But otherwise, allow them to figure it out on their own. Good luck and congrats!!
Post # 5
Yes. our ridgebacks were the same and they still are.
Post # 6
mine do this too! they are both females but not sisters. as long as their tails are wagging and they arent hurting each other i think its fine 🙂
Post # 7
Thanks for the information bees!!
They have never hurt each other but you can tell they are being serious. The growl that comes out of their mouth is crazy scary sounding. If I were a stranger and I came to a house with that noise coming out- I would turn and run!! (If you want to see pictures of my little babies- I posted on the “show off your pets” thread, I think on the 3rd page!)
Post # 8
Our girls do this too and have ever since we got them (they’re the same age, roughly the same breed, and not related). The smaller one tends to get a little more annoyed with the other when she’s not up for playing (I think she’s a 1/3 cat), and she’ll let her know that she’s not messing around. When they were still puppies though, the bigger one thought that she was just being extra playful (as opposed to extra annoyed). It will prob go away as they get used to each other 🙂
Post # 9
OMG!!! I just realized your screen name! The little one is Capri (9 pounds) and is very obviously my FI’s, but the bigger one (18 pounds) is LOLA and is my baby!!! The pound thought that she was a boy, so the Lola song was kind of fitting. How funny!