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  •  They're still relatively new to each other, (14+ / 0-)

    and I'll bet there was a fair amount of "choreography" involved, with snaps that didn't make genuine contact. Turf war sounds about right.

    I used to be owned and loved by 7 'Moyeds, most of them related to each other to some extent. As is typical in pack behavior, every now and then there'd be a falling out, lots of snarling and maybe even snapping. I learned not to interfere. They settled their pack order rapidly.

    When I had guests up to the house and an occasional tiff (noisy but innocuous) would break out, I'd tell my guests to stand still, raise their hands toward the ceiling while looking up, and then the fight would stop. And so it did. Usually the fracas started because one dog (alpha male) wanted to insist on his first rights to treats-nice words-pats from the guests (or from me). So once it became clear no one was going to pay the attention sought, the fight ended and everyone resumed their usual placid demeanors.

    By the way, in domestic "packs", the fastest way to get bitten, really bitten, is to bend/stoop over (lowering yourself to their eye level) and reach out to make contact and attempt restraint. Not a good idea.

    Good luck, puppehs!

    •  I was pretty alarmed because this was (10+ / 0-)

      more than just snarling or snapping.

      This was a  loud fight with both of their front legs in the air, teeth on display and biting at each other's face and neck.

      I'm really surprised that we didn't find any wounds.

      At the foster parent's house before I got her, my Aussie Holly was involved in a terrible fight with a male Aussie (both alpha dogs).  The jaws of both animals were literally locked together.  Holly received gashes that required many stitches, and one of the other Aussie's teeth puncturing Holly's skull.  The foster parents said they slept with Holly on the floor that night cuz they were afraid she wasn't going to make it through the night.  Maybe that's why this episode is freaking me out a bit.

      But if this kind of behavior isn't out of the ordinary, or isn't necessarily a predictor of future behavior clashes between the two dogs, I guess I'll stop worrying, just keep my eye on them and be ready to move quickly if a problem arises.

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