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Over the past couple of months, Jazz has gotten more and more rough in play with Pixie and it's starting to really worry me. There has been more then once that Pixie has yelped. He stops when she does, but that doesn't stop the worry. He has a good 7-8 lbs on her, more then double her size. Tonight, she let out a yell and limped on one of her rear legs for about 1/2 hour after. She is fine now (thank God), but I'm getting more concerned.

When we leave them home alone, they are seperated and I never leave them unsupervised together. Usually when the play starts to get too rough, I will distract them with something else. Tonight I was cleaning a fish tank and didn't catch it in time. I feel horrible. I'm starting to really worry about serious injury. Is there anything I can do short of keeping them from playing together?
 

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That's a tough one...they're both Malts right? How old is Jazz,maybe it's just a phase of puppyhood or young adult play. Might have to get them to indulge in less active play or get them interested in chewies and playing fetch so they run off that energy...
I know most of mine are the same size ,except Rylee,he's half the size or less of the other 4,so I really have to watch. He gets the others pretty reved up while playing...
Glad Pixie is ok. It happens,just gotta kep a close eye on them,can be hard sometimes,I know I have 5....ranging from 4.5 pounds to 6 pounds ,one 7 pounder,one 8 pounder and a cocker about 25 pounds...
They're getting older nopw and not as rambunctious now,but they still get those zoomies and run like maniacs and jump over each other or roll each other over once in a while...
 

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Something struck me in your description of what has been happening and I am wondering if perhaps it is not Jazz being more rough, but perhaps Pixie having something that is hurting her that is causing her to yelp when they get tussling actively. You said she held up her leg for about a half hour afterward? Do you think she may have popped a knee out of place (pattella luxation)?

In any case, it does sound like you will need to intervene when they are playing because whatever the cause something is clearly hurting her when they get very active. Keeping them separate when you are not there is the right course. I like the suggestion of redirecting their play to fetch games and other types of activities that keep them together without it always being a "wrestling match" which can help burn off the energy.
 

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yes, Carina might be on to something. I know I worry about that with Lois - she is a rough player and I have to keep her separated from the dogs in coat, especially. Not mean, just rough. She is a fan of grabbing tails and topknots and dragging them all over the room. How frustrating for you! How much does Pixie weigh?

And while we're on the subject, we need some new pics :) Seriously!
 

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Something struck me in your description of what has been happening and I am wondering if perhaps it is not Jazz being more rough, but perhaps Pixie having something that is hurting her that is causing her to yelp when they get tussling actively. You said she held up her leg for about a half hour afterward? Do you think she may have popped a knee out of place (pattella luxation)?

In any case, it does sound like you will need to intervene when they are playing because whatever the cause something is clearly hurting her when they get very active. Keeping them separate when you are not there is the right course. I like the suggestion of redirecting their play to fetch games and other types of activities that keep them together without it always being a "wrestling match" which can help burn off the energy.

I'm concerned that is was her knee. I'm keeping her as quiet as I can today to give it time to heal so she doesn't make it worse. Jazz is definitely getting rougher with her, not mean, just a lot less careful. Seems like all I can do is intervene when things start getting carried away.

They are both almost 2 years old now. Pixie weighs in at just barely over 4 lbs, Jazz at just over 11 lbs. He's a little hefty, but not all that fat. He's just a big boy lol. I'll work on those pics, Stacy!
 

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Jodi is 9lbs and he plays rough with a big 18 lb shih tzu...but he can take it, and isn't so delicate as Pixie...I hope things settle down so you dont' have so much worry.
 
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