Well I recently moved into a house with a great backyard and I have a new roommate who recently got a Shih Tzu puppy.
I have a few concerns about this new adjustment.
Kuma has never been very tolerant of puppies, or at least from what I've seen at the dog park. He is not gentle with them in the least.
So a few things I have been observing since we've all been living together:
1. Kuma plays very rough with the puppy. He'll streak around the room knocking her over. When they wrestle, he'll pin her down and mouth her all over (I don't understand this behavior, can someone please explain?). It doesn't seem to hurt her but she'll let out a squeak once in a while. But the puppy will get right back up for more, pawing at Kuma's face. Regardless, is this something (rough playing/mouthing) I should be concerned about?
2. He seems very territorial in my room, which is essentially his room too. He will growl and snarl over treats or food and I have stopped feeding him anything while the puppy is around. It doesn't seem like he is snarling out of aggression .. it is more like a whine/growl.. idk if I really need much advice on this, but comments are welcome.
Besides those few conerns, it is kind of nice having a puppy around again, especially one of a breed that doesn't shun you. Minus the puppy teeth and nails; plus she's so tiny and she's always at my feet that I'm afraid I'll one day step on her.
Thats just playing. If your dog was being aggressive, I don't think the puppy would go back for more. And the little yelp from the puppy is probably him just saying hes had enough, or that Kuma is being too rough. With the treats and food, I think that Kuma is just warning the puppy that you are his, and the treats are his.
My bfs parents have an older mini schnauzer and when they introduced the Giant puppy to him he growled a lot. They never actually got into a fight until the Giant was fully grown, but no serious damage was done.
I think Kuma is just letting the puppy know that he is boss and that hes not going to take any scuff from a little puppy:)