Siberian Husky Question

I have a seven-month-old Siberian Husky, 50 pounds, and a two-year-old shih-poo 18 pounds. The...

I have a seven-month-old Siberian Husky, 50 pounds, and a two-year-old shih-poo 18 pounds. The Siberian Husky has been with us since he was a pup, I have a fairly large backyard. The two dogs run and play with each other, but the Siberian Husky puts his open mouth around the back of my Shih-poo's neck and sometimes holds her down with his paws. I can't help but think all he would have to do is bite down hard on her neck and we would be heading for the vet or worse. What are the chances of this happening since they were raised together of him hurting her seriously? Is it just a matter of time. I'm wearing myself out constantly helicoptering them.

    In Siberian Husky - Asked by Anonymous - 10/13/2012 12:34:04 PM
I would recommend supervising and getting the husky to play in a dfferent manner. What he is doing is dominanting the smaller dog, and because of the size difference it could be an issue as he matures. He is still very immature and is just "practicing" behaviors related to rank order and canine social structure. What he learns now is what he will do in a more determined nature when he is fully mature in a couple years. Just because dogs are raised together does not mean they will always get along. How well that works out often has to do with how knowledgable and proactive the owner is at managing developing relationships between the dogs. If you are unsure how to do this, it may be good to work with a qualitified behaviorist who can teach you in person.
    Answered by paws4hisglory - 10/16/2012 10:03:46 AM

This is a common play behavior and does not usually evolve into attacking behavior. I have raised huskys for many years, and they all play in this manner. If the dogs are playing this way and seem to be getting along there is no problem. Huskys have a strong prey drive, so it is natural for them to play in this way. My huskys typically kill rodents, but I have never had them attack anything larger.
    Answered by Anonymous - 12/9/2012 10:33:23 AM