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I have a one year old, female. I got her at 6 wks old as my 8 year old smaller mix lab was grieving for her life long doggie companion had to be put to sleep. For the first six months the Labradoodle stayed in the laundry room and my older dog with me under the bed. When we returned to my winter home I keep the Doodle in a huge kennel here in my room. Every time I let her out she pulls on the tail or grabs the older dog by the back legs or nips at the neck. The older dog tollerates it as she knows the Doodle is just playing but it happens ALL the time. When will she just lie down next to the older dog and take a nap?? If I just let them continue, the older dog just looks up at me saying" Put her back in her kennel". When I give her freedom to roam, she goes outside thru the doggie door to poop just fine. But if I'm not watching her constantly she might come back in with the doggie door flap to chew on. During this "roaming time" the older dog is safe under the bed because her first choice is mouthing the older dog. Most of the time she is lying down, sometimes even on her back bitting on the Lab but it's still very anoying to me and the Lab. Do I just let them "duke it out" and hope she out grows it? I'm now walking them both together and she's good not to jump on the Lab during the walk but that's the only time. Any thoughts????
 

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Thanks for both comments. Lab is actually getting stronger since "the play bouts" and the daily walks. She just has arthritis in one hip but between the walking and Cosequin it doesn't seem to bother her. There isn't any growling between them. Jo, the Doodle puppy has NEVER growled. When the old Lab grabs a toy (which she really doesn't chew on hard toys) and Jo wants it from her, then the hair comes up, teeth show and growling from the old dog but that excites Jo even more that she got some real "emotion" out of the old dog. I think the "bored" thing is right too. I guess walking, playing then eating in that order so toys, even with food in them isn't as much fun as pulling on Sandy's tail and chewing on her. I do go out in the back yard with her several times to let her, if she has the need, to tear from one end to the other several times, then she comes at Sandy full speed so I have to stand in front of Sandy so she doesn't flatten her. This usually only happens once in the morning. I think you are both right to let it go since there is no dominanting or harm involved. I've never had children so I guess not all dogs are going to be well behaved couch potatoes. Do Labradoodle take longer to get out of puppy hood? She is my sixth puppy and never have I had so much trouble from any of the others. It's got to be the Poodle in her, huh?
 
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