Healtchare & Nutrition Forum for your puppy's health


October 14, 2012, 10:01 PM

I bought 2 puppies, 1 Morkie, 1 Maltese. They are fighting a lot! They are only 9 weeks old. Are they going to establish a dominant and submissive and stop fighting? How can I tell if I should get in the middle or let them work it out?
Category: Training Tips


They will work it out and I suspect for puppies this young it won't take more than a week or two.  Keep in mind they are just like children or even adults--nobody gets along with somebody all the time.  They will build a relationship based on their need for companionship and  the positive aspects of having a buddy.  Your job is only as a referee if things get really rough.  Keep in mind even play fighting between two puppies can sound pretty serious.  Also  be careful not to create things to fight over.  I think your lap can be a neutral playing field, shared affection from you is a solid foundation to build on.   Each should have access to its own food, toys, bed, etc. even if they don't use it.   Within a couple weeks they will be big buddies and probably choose to share.  The advantages of having a buddy solves many of  the problems that puppies who are alone have to deal with.  In my opinion your decision to get two puppies is a great idea.