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Old 07-15-2011, 10:07 PM
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Olders dogs wont play with new puppy

this really doesn't matter, they get along well enough that they can co-exist fine. But our two 4-year old chihuahua/dachshund sisters just wont play with the new 10week Rottweiler puppy. We've had her for about 3 weeks now, at first they wouldn't even allow co-existing but now are fine, still snip at her or put her in her place but they just won't play with her. She bounds around barking and trying to get them to play but they really want nothing to do with her. Like I said, its not imperative that they play it would just be nice to see them all play, especially so she can get some extra exercise out especially when we're all to tired to keep up with her. I doubt anything CAN be done but it'd be nice to see if anyone had any ideas
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Do they play with other dogs? Maybe once they get used to the puppy, they will start to play. Maybe they don't like to play. Or maybe they're like my oldest dog, and simply don't like puppies that much.

However, it's a good idea to find some other friendly dogs for the puppy to socialize and play with, so it does grow up to like other dogs (and gets to play with dogs, as it sounds like it very much wants to).
When my younger dog was a puppy, he always tried to play with my oldest (still sometimes does.). And my oldest would always just growl and sometimes snap, because she's not into playing with other dogs, especially not rough housing like my dog enjoys
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They play with each other perfectly fine and when we had the other three GSDs they would play with the female but not the males. Other than that, they aren't really dog friendly type of dogs. This Sunday she will be starting puppy classes so she'll get a chance to meet other puppies and such, it's just a shame that they can't play around the house. But it sounds like that will just have to be how it is since they have no interest in humoring her.
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Most puppies are extremely energetic, and loves to romp around and play. They still play bite, which can be the main reason why your older dogs are not so eager to play with your new Rottweiler.
You should socialist your pup with other dogs of his age. That way he can learn and have fun at the same time!
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Often older dogs don't want to play with young puppies. This is normal. Its actually the exception when a mature dog will want to play much with such a young puppy.

If they are getting along OK otherwise, that's good. As the puppy gets bigger, the two older dogs may feel the need to assert themselves with the puppy, especially if the puppy gets rambunctious. So long as the mature dogs don't overdo their corrections, you should allow this, as the puppy needs to learn doggy manners.
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Often older dogs don't want to play with young puppies. This is normal. Its actually the exception when a mature dog will want to play much with such a young puppy.

If they are getting along OK otherwise, that's good. As the puppy gets bigger, the two older dogs may feel the need to assert themselves with the puppy, especially if the puppy gets rambunctious. So long as the mature dogs don't overdo their corrections, you should allow this, as the puppy needs to learn doggy manners.
DEFINITELY. Because of the massive size difference between the dogs when they are full grown, the puppy needs to learn to respect the space of your other two dogs at a very young age, otherwise he may accidentally cause them harm later.
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