My 14 year old dog(Odie a mutt) snarles and snaps at the puppy(8 month old basset hound) when hes invading his personal space. When Odie is snarling and snapping he does not actually bit the puppy and his tail is wagging, but it does seem very odd, maybe im over concerned or under? this all recently start usally odie would just snarle and walk away and go to his personal spots but now he chances the puppy out of the room.
Any feed back would be awesome and i would be greatful. as well im sorry if this was already a thread and i missed it. -Casey
I think your dog is just establishing rank, and letting know the puppy know what's up. Especially if the dog is not actually biting.
because he cannot speak, this is the best he can do. With my puppies, I love having a dog like this. Not hard, not to soft. They teach the puppie the rules. and never hurt them.
I know a lot people get concerned that this might escalate. but what I have seen happen is people discpline the elder dog. mistake #1, they just punished a higher ranking dog, for being higher ranking. This sometimes empowers the younger dog. or makes the Elder dog more concerned about losing it's rank. So it does escalate. Mistake #2, they coddle the puppy. the puppy starts to feel like your on thier side, they then try to express thier new found power. and wither get beat up, or punished by the owner. that's got to be confusing. with this I guarntee if you leave it alone. the dogs will work it out. The elder dog, when they feel more secure that the pup understands the rules, will start to let up.
And what I do is tell the puppy to leave the elder dog alone. this expediates the process of building the pecking order. and the faster we get to harmony. Sometimes I will tell the older dog, that's enough go lay down. But i do not severly discpline them. I do that, so they know I am watching them, and that it's not a free for all. And to prevent the dog from being a bully.
I believe a dog's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment he holds dear, is when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-with a ball in his mouth."
but the thing is it never seems to stop the puppy (the basset hound) thinks he playin' and im not sure what exactly to do?i dont get mad at them i just yell "STOP IT" or "NO" because it goes on for hours and hours and hours! and its sooo annoying! i know basset hounds are really social but i mean , i dont know what to do?
gunny's advice is right on the mark. I have this pecking order problem going on currently with 2 pups and their father. One of the pups is heck on wheels. Dad growls and snarls and the pup comes back for more. If there is reprimanding to do, I reprimand the pup. Just let Odie have his space and his rank and it will work out. These issues aren't worked out overnight. Be patient and it will.
I like him a lot better than I like most people. To you he's a dog. TO me he's an adopted son who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn't speak clearly. I have no problem with any of these. <