We just rescued a lab/pointer mix who happened to be runt of the litter. This had apparently been the third time the mother had found herself with an unplanned pregnancy. Obviously they had never heard of spaying, but regardless she ended up with 8 pups. We have recently had a major animal over population problem in our area and shelters arent accepting anymore animals. In fact I just heard on the news last night that a large number of dogs will be facing death row shortly to slow things down a bit. This absolutely breaks my heart and I didnt want this new lil pup to meet the same fate. However we have encountered one problem. Our seven month old dog. We have taken her around other dogs and thought she was properly socialized, but for some reason when she spotted this new pup she went all Cujo on her. I am in complete shock by this and frankly I have no idea what to do. We put her in her crate and allowed the puppy to come closer. I thought she had settled down a bit so progressed her to the tie out, but now she is going crazy. Its not just barking either, she actually tried to attack the new pup. I just dont know what to do, please help. Thanks.
how exactly have you introduced the pup to your first dog? Has your first dog ever played off leash with a strange dog like at a dog park? Have you ever had a friends dog over to your house to play with yours, if so how did they react?
Be sure to not pay the new pup any attention around your exhisting dog for quite some time this can create jelousy issues. When introducing new dogs it is best to do on neutral territory (away from home) walk them together several times then supervised play off leash away from home and then supervised time at home in yard with leashes on so that you can grab them if you have to then to time indoors. Some dogs can take longer to introduce than others it is important not to push it. One tiff can set you back to square one, or in the negative if a fight is not handled correctly.
It will make everything much easier if your older dog is obedience trained so that you have complete control over his actions as well. A sit and down stay beside each other while focused on you not each other is the best way other than a walk to have them begin to get along.
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I heard by introducing a new dog to an old dog should happen on a new land like the park or somewhere besides where your dog is everyday. Your dog has it in his head "hey this is my territory and you need to get off" so thats why he is rejecting the pup. But if you introduce them at like the park so they get use to each other than take them both back home they will be fine. I would defienly watch them though so he doesnt change his mind!
Yeah we just signed up for classes at PetSmart. She advised that we put them both in the same class so they will start to bond. We totally made a bad first impression with her. We took the new pup on impulse because we didnt want her to be abandoned or killed. I should have taken the time first to research the initial meeting. I just had no idea our dog would act this way. We brought her into our backyard thinking they would instantly click. As far as socialization goes we have had our first dog around family dogs, parks, and pet stores, but have only had her off of the leash around family member's dogs. We really havent had any dogs over at our house except for the nuisance neighbor dog that jumped over our fence and tried to eat our dog, not to mention went around the perimeter of our yard and marked his territory every couple feet. We probably dont take our dog out as much as we should. We have over an acre fenced in so alot of times it's just easier to let her play in the yard than to go to a park. Im a little scared of what may happen at class. I hope she doesnt try to attack the other dogs.
There's another mistake we made. We have been babying and showering the new pup with loads of attention in the hopes that our previous dog would see us with her and then realize she was a family member. I kept thinking if she smelled the new pup on us then she would accept her.
The new puppy should be the one that is put in a crate, not the original dog. I'm thinking the dog is very threatened by the new puppy. Don't use leashes, this makes things worse, use food rewards when close to the puppy(in the crate)Start to walk them together if its safe, but address the old dog first, for feedings and attention.You could be seeing the beginning of sibling rivalry, it may not really work out well.
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