I have JUST adopted a 2year old goldendoodle from a family who just didn't have time for her. I already have a 10mo old golden retriever male. They seem to either ignore each other or compete for attention. The younger tries to but into the older female when she tries to get my attention and the femal growls. I've learned bones are a big NO between the two also. What's going on? Does this mean they will not work out? Or Am I expecting too much she has only ben here a few days but this is my first second dog. What is normal? What is not? HELP I'm a little nervous that my first one will not be happy.
***Edited By: shannonm on 7/6/2005 6:40:02 AM*** Reason: spelling
It sounds like you have two dominant dogs- and you need to decide who is going to be Alpha between the two. In most cases, an adult female will be more prone to this than a neutered male- so she's likely going to be the top dog. Watch for clues, tho- who backs down first? Does one or the other take a more submissive posture after they "scuffle"?
I'm afraid I would NOT take Pyrmom's advice on this one- when there is a struggle for dominance, you need to be recognize the dominant dog- not give them equal attention. Dominant dogs get fed first, treats first, attention first, go through doors first, sleep in the best spot- it will only add to the struggles if you don't allow this to happen.
DO be careful, though! You and your family are going to have to be on TOP of these two! PEOPLE are first and foremost ALPHA in the house- and a dog prone to dominance is likely going to challenge that from time to time. Obedience training is a MUST for these dogs. And if your Golden is still intact- it's time to neuter him!! This will ONLY get worse if he has surges of hormones. I hope the female has already been spayed as well, of course. :)
Good luck- and stay on top of them! If they have a strong human alpha- they won't need to struggle as much to find the boss between them.
***Edited By: longdogs4me on 7/6/2005 10:10:19 AM*** Reason: Too early!
I dunno, I may be way off base, but it doesn't sound as much a dominant issue as it does a jealousy issue. The younger dog seems like he is just trying to get attention because now there is this new dog in the house and he feels replaced. And since he is trying so hard to compete for attention, it is annoying the older dog. Not to mention, the older dog is probably nervous anyway from being in a new environment, and to add to it, she has this young pup pushing her around left and right. She's probably not being dominant, but is just scared and defending herself. If it was a dominant issue, it would be the younger one acting this way because it was his territory first. A lot of dogs go through the jealousy thing when another dog is brought into the household. What I would do for now is keep them separated until they can get used to each other. Maybe after a few days of being apart, switch their bedding or blankets so that they can get used to each other's smells. Then, slowly introduce them by having each of them on a leash. If either of them act up, tug on the lead and say "No" in a firm voice. I would also spend time with each of them alone for a little while so that the younger one doesn't feel replaced, and the older one can get used to you without being bothered. Just keep doing this until you notice them starting to get used to each other. But always make sure they know that you are the one in charge, and that no bullying or pushing around is allowed.
***Edited By: Huntersmom on 7/6/2005 10:41:53 AM*** Reason: spelling and added
You need to figure out who is the more dominant one. The one thats the more dominant one should be handled, treated, and fed first. I would give them some time to figure out between the who the Leader will be between them. You may get some squabbles, and you should let them work it out. The other dog is not Jealous, and eventually will except its position (more or less). Use training to help you handle them, If both the dogs are somewhat dominant in nature, you will need to be careful with toys and food. Separateing them for feeding time and so on.
Thanks for all the tips the older female is fixed as is the young 10mo male. The younger male seems nervous today pacing and the female seems a little more relaxed I am going to go on a walk with each of them separately to spend some time with each. still can't tell who is the boss yet. the older female is the growler over toys/bones I feed them separately. And the younger male is the one who pushes into her when she ties to come over to me for attention. Any other advice would be greatly appreciated.