Training Your Westie, Pups learning not to fight
Pups should learn by 4 months old not to bite, from their mother,
litter mates etc, however most pups are taken away from that
environment before they have had a chance to learn. Therefore it is
then up to us to continue this training by allowing pups to
socialize with other puppies.
Pups will roll, tumble and play with each other, and will bite each
other on every part of the body, this is where they would learn to
control themselves because if they are too rough they will see how
the other puppies react.
You cant teach puppies this, they need to learn from their own
Bobby and Scamp have always play fight, right from 8 weeks old, now
7 years old they still play fight. However now and then one gets a
bit too rough and may "Yelp" this then shocks the other, and they
quickly stop and make a fuss of each other.
If an adult dog has spent his life alone, and has not learned these
instincts, they become set in their ways. Normally an old dog
becomes "Young again" when a pup comes along...
Other things to consider is when both dogs are of the same gender,
when one dog is shown more attention than the other, when one
feeding bowl is used, when one water bowl is used, when one bed is
better than the other, or the older dog has used something long
before the other came along.