I have a 8 mth old brittany/springer mix and a 3 year old also (both male, both nutered) My son has a new 4 mth old shepard mix puppy (also male/also nutered) last night we got them together. We let my puppy (Ramsey) and my son's pup (Brody) together first. After a few nips, some chasing, and a few small Fights if you will, they started being ok. We let them out in the fenced yard to play. It was kind of hard to tell which one was more the aggressor. Sometimes it seemed to be Ramsey sometimes Brody, although Ramsey seemed to be the one hiding behind the chair outside, so I guess he was more afraid. After Ramsey (the older) had calmed down in his kennell, we let him go outside with the other two. He went right for Brody and growled and had him down and on top of him, really seemed like he wanted to fight him. I went out and made them stop, then Riley just went out and sniffed all over where Brody had been and Brody hid behind the chair. We are going away for a week in March and would like my son to be able to watch our two dogs. What is the best way for us to get the three to get to know each other without fighting? Just as a remark-Riley and Ramsey (brothers) fight/play quite a bit, never anything real bad, that we have to break up. They have always just been that way. I don't think Riley would hurt Brody, but would feel terrible if they did have a real fight with blood, god forbid. Another note - although Brody is only 4 months old he is a bit bigger than my dogs. Any help or comments would be great.
Your older dog is asserting his dominance over the puppy, and it does'nt matter how big the puppy is, the older dog will still be dominant. I would give this some time of course, since you just got the puppy, but I would'nt call it aggression, yet. I would have the puppy out with one dog at a time, and switch off, and I'm sure they'll be fine. Supervise them at all times, and get the puppy into obedience when you can, also crate training is a must, so he has a safe haven.
I guess I forgot to mention that my son's dog does not live with us, he just visited last night with the pup for the first time. I'm sure Riley was just showing his dominance, and I wasn't as concerned as my son's girlfriend was. Maybe I should just have them leave the pup sometime for an hour or so, and have me just be with them, since I am a little calmer about it. Also Riley and Ramsey both have crates, and for the most part last night we had just 2 dogs out at a time. I was just hoping for some magic answer, ha ha. Thanks
Aggression is not an unconditionally bad behavior. A dog with absolutely no aggression is called submissive, and just like humans, a submissive dog has just as many issues as an aggressive one. I found this video on youtube and was just wondering if anyone here had any thoughts or additional suggestions? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ru1rN-VqLg
Put a fence between them to introduce them slower. they'll worm up to eachother once the dominance factor has set in with them. Till then they will fight its nature, your putting a dog in a territory of another its going to happen. just reward them when their good togeather and when their not take the aggressor out away from everyone for a few min and repeat and he'll catch on.
when i say "STOP" you better, my dog cant wait for me to say"GO"!!!