Command: "Come For Cookies!"
Don't be a bully!
Most of this video is simply enjoying the puppies learning that favorite Silk pastime called "Runlikehell!" but there is also an opportunity to illustrate some important interactions between the puppies as they learn social skills.
Part of the importance of puppies being kept with their litter for 10 weeks is that they learn important dog/dog interaction, bite inhibition and dog etiquette which helps them develop into socially acceptable dogs who know how to behave around other dogs. This stands them in good stead because dogs who lack social skills tend to get in trouble when meeting new dogs. If they are inappropriate, or rude, they may be met with aggression OR may end up intimidating the other dog. No one wants the weird kid dog that no one else wants to play with so social skill development is important.
I rarely intercede during these developmental interactions but, sometimes it is necessary to reinforce boundaries of behavior. This is especially true when mixing litters. In this case, taken in Oct 2015, there are two litters together which are 12 days apart, which is a lot in puppy development time frame. In this video, the largest puppy from the older litter is playing with one of the young ones in typical puppy fashion, which can get rough (course Silk Dog rough is NOTHING compared to a number of other breeds which, as with some Bull Terrier litters, result in stitches being required by 7 weeks of age! We never have bloodshed here! ) The little guy is valiantly defending himself, with ferocious protest and retaliation when the big one backs off but, he's outweighed and I felt it was time to intercede to cool thing off. I simply reached down and took a bit of the older puppy's scruff and gave a little twist whichdistracted him from his purpose...and resulted in a yip of surprise and discomfort. While he stopped to think about what just happened, the little guy caught a break. And got some loving....