My new puppy, about 10 weeks old (Aussie/Heeler) mix is biting on my Whippets tail (he is 11 years old) The whippet will not do anything about it except run away. The puppy has made his tail bloody. I am trying to keep her on a lead and pull her off when whe does it and say no bite. I have tried putting bitter apple on the whippets tail and also have tried vaseline. Any other ideas? Suede the whippet has always been whimpy, even with the cats. The puppy does not mess with the cat because the cat slapped her.
Make the puppy lie down on it's side or back until it calms down. This is very bad behavior, mabey you could put some padding on your Whippet to help protect it. I had an Australian Cattle Dog once she was psyco and would attack my Aussie for no reason so we got rid of her.
IMO, you have to establish yourSELF as head of the pack and discipline the puppy when it attacks your Whippet. She must know that you're Alpha and that behavior isn't tolerated. Tell her sternly "NO!" and if that doesn't work, put her in a time-out somewhere on her own, not in her kennel though, since you don't want her to associate the kennel with something bad (assuming you're crate training her.) If you're around to stop it everytime you see it, she'll get the message (and your Whippet will appreciate you for it.)
You need to keep a firmer hand on your Aussie puppy, he is just acting out normally, but to the detriment of your older dog. I would have a safe haven for the Whippet, and keep on top of the Aussie's biting. He needs lots of exercise, and playtime; so perhaps you could spend extra time diverting him from being a menace with your older dog.
With all due respect Mr.Hickman, I think a time out after the little brat makes the whippet bleed is not a bad idea. Even if it's just a seperation, and then extra coddling for the whippet, without the presence of the puppy. Just my opinion.
i have read all that you guys have been saying and really it might all come down to that this puppy might have to go...not that you should give up on the puppy but lets say its easyer to sell it now when it young before its older what if something happens to you older dog...if the puppy sees that it can it away with this and that all your other dog does is run away it most likey will think that this is a game but really its not. hope that this helped.
you do NOT put dogs in time out, it just makes them more aggressive and they don't learn!
i have to disagree with you. i have used the time out on several occasions and it has worked wonderfully. i have even used the crate as the time out spot and never have the dogs associated the crate itself as being bad. it is the isolation from you and what was fun that is the punishment, not necessarily where you put them .
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Things have gotten better. I put a mixter of tea tree oil and almond oil on the Whippets tail. I think because of his age or some damage he uincurred to his tail at some time, he has not feeling in it. So he lets her get away with it. If she aggravates him in other ways he will growl, but he has never been assertive. We got him when he was six months old and I think he was kenneled to much. My Aussie/Heeler (Dakota) is being crate trained. She obviously loves the Whippet, but she doesn't realize it hurts because he does not tell her. Thank you for all the input. I will try to keep you updated. As you know, with this kind of puppy, your are very busy.
Another idea for your whippet' tail would be to apply the itchstick on it. The itchstick will sooth the tail, and it also has a bitter taste so your puppy will not want to go back to it. You can find the ItchStick in Wallmart or on the petkin web site. My experience is that it works like a charm.
Thank your so much. I will try itchstick. I had never heard of it. But it sounds like it will cure two dogs with one stick. I also have been using one of those red light beams and she chases it. She loves it and it gives her exercise even on the really nasty days outside. My whippet doesn't even notice the light.