i just recently bought an american bulldog pup. she is now 11 weeks old, but my oldest female(age 2) wont seem to accept her. Molly(my pup) tris to walk over to her and lay with her and stuff and chelsea want nothing to do with her, she gets up and moves. but then my male(nubbz, age 1) plays with her and lays with her and stuff. will chelsea every warm up to her? is there anything i can do to help them grow a bond?
The bond is growing. Your eldest dog is probably laying the ground rules, letting the dog know of the pack order. What you are seeing is pack structure.
The one thing I know that helps is taking walks off leash with dogs. you have to find a safe place to do this, but this one of things packs do a lot together.
your male dog is playing the part of nurse maid. tending to the dogs emotional needs. It is all very natural. and as your puppy grows your eldest will lighten up a bit. But do not be suprised if the eldest never acts like your other dog.
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."
Well moveing is better then actually fighting or biteing the puppy.Do you feed the dogs together?Can you give out treats say with all of them together, is there any squabbling? There are some tricks out there that may be helpful useing scent.Dogs associate things, like the leash is associated with walks etc. But smell could be used as well. Rub down the puppy with a small towel and put that towel under the females dog bowl, It may help her assocaite the smell of the puppy with eating, which most dogs find pleasant.
When I look up into the sky, I think to myself, Wheres the ceiling?
Or the older dog will associate her with food and try to eat her. Not really... but I just couldnt help myself. LOL.
I had the same problem when I brought Stryder home. All he wanted to do was play with Kiba, cuddle with her, follow her around, etc. She wanted NOTHING to do with him. She would get on the couch cuz she knew he couldnt get her there, or she'd go upstairs.
I started paying alot more attention to Kiba, and "ignoring" the pup. I thinks he finally realized that he wasnt replacing her, and now they're the best of friends.
If your oldest dog and the pup get into it (fighting), unless one is inflicting serious harm to the other, I would just let them hash it out. Kiba looked like she was attacking him alot when he first came, but it was just her showing him where his boundaries are.