Hey everyone, I have a new foster dog, we think she is a Shepherd mix, and she has 7 male, nine day old puppies. I just brought her home today and she seems to have a lot of aggression towards our other dominant female Boston Terrier, most likely because she is protective of her pups. We are keeping them completely separated, but they even try to attack each other through the door at times (if they can sense the other is there). She doesn't seem to mind cats or our other small Chihuahua at all, just the boston. And she loves people and is very sweet towards them. My question is...is there any way to try and lower the level of agression between her and the boston? I'm planning to just keep them separated for the next six weeks while she's here, and maybe they'll settle down over time... I guess I'm just wondering if anyone else has dealt with anything like this, and if so, how did you deal with it? I appreciate any responses, and thanks in advance! :)
I personally have never dealt with something like this. But it sounds like you are doing all the right things. It actually sounds like the problem is with your Boston rather than the Mommy. The mommy is just protecting her pups from what she deems a threat.
My experience with situations like this (having fostered before), is that time does seem to help. If you continue to keep them separated it should work out in time. You might also try introducing them without the puppies present. Just to see how they interact without the element of the mom trying to protect her pups.
Good luck and keep us posted. Congrats on fostering, it's addicting isn't it?