ravinlunachick Posted October 8, 2012 Share Posted October 8, 2012 Yes, I know. :tongue_smilie: I never thought I'd be asking this! We got a second dog a couple months ago. Merlin is a teeny little Pomapoo puppy--4lbs of sheer joy. Rosie, our first dog, is a big DUMB 3yo lab/pit mix. For reasons unknown to me, Rosie is totally submissive to Merlin. She lets him take her toys, lie on her bed, even come into her crate. She will play with him and roll over and give him her neck. He has always done the "puppy nip" thing, and Rosie generally either ignores it or plays back with him. When she's had enough, she will nose Merlin really hard and send him rolling. He always comes right back, though. Occasionally, she will steal his food, but he doesn't seem to mind. I'm starting to wonder if we should step in. I don't really care who is dominant, but it seems to me that Rosie ought to be able to get some peace from Merlin now and then. He is constantly nipping at her face, her legs, her tail, whatever he can reach. Should I try to break him of this habit or just let them work it out on their own? I've had two dogs before, but they seemed to consider themselves equals, so I've never dealt with this issue before. Here's a visual of what life is like for Rosie. During all this, they were playing happily together, tails wagging. No one was injured or unhappy. Rosie had been playing with the orange Kong, when Merlin walked up. Rosie immediately dropped the Kong and laid down, and Merlin started nomming. The second picture just happened to catch Rosie with her mouth open. She never tried to bite Merlin. In the last pic, he is actually tugging on her cheek like a toy. :001_huh: Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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