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Dominance New part of dominance dance: digging/stomping?

ginipigsinspace

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Per usual, the boys are bickering. However, I noticed Ham has added a new move to his repertoire (see video). It looks kind of like when a cat is kicking dirt/litter backwards trying to cover up it's feces. However, he is doing it to fleece items. The goal does not seem to be burrowing underneath. He mostly ends up just bunching and scooting the fleece around. Is this normal? Anyone know what it means?

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He just wants to be a bull.
 
Typical dominance behavior. Looks like neither wants to give up the throne.
 
Looks like neither wants to give up the throne.
Never! As a result, this is a daily occurrence. Somehow the fact that they are both initiating it makes me feel better about the whole situation. However, that digging/stomping thing is new.
 
Let me also note that while they can be vicious beasts during playtime, this is the flipside:
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These boys are cuddle champions when they want to be (and luckily they want to be more days than not).
 
Lol, that was cute and I love the long fluffy bum on the one guy!! Cute little naughty boys!
 
Bumping this because I really would like feedback on whether the digging/stomping is normal, or if it's symptomatic of something negative like boredom or, worse, something neurological. In all the rumblestrutting videos I could find on the internet, I did not se any other pig do that. Of course, I also haven't seen many pigs do his "back-it-up" kickflip, nor have I seen other pigs' rumblestrut match Chewie's overly-exaggerated and and surprisingly graceful version. Perhaps my boys are just particularly dramatic? Or maybe videos just don't capture the broad spectrum of diverse dominance behaviors?

Also, @daisy1cow Chewie does have the fluffiest of bums.
 
It looks totally normal to me.
 
When I was trying to bond all of my piggies together Pepper did stuff like this... It is nice to know I am not the only one! lol
 
Ferb does a slow graceful rumblestrut (I really must try and video it). He also starts chasing Penny and then stops to try and dig through the chloroplast and carefresh goes flying everywhere. So I'd say the ground pawing is normal.
 
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