We just adopted a St. Bernard dog (1 yr. old) from a rescue and she has come been welcomed into our people family. Our two other dogs have had some issues. The new dog will "attack" our other dogs in order to assert her role of the alpha dog. Our oldest dog seems to have accepted her as the alpha dog, the other dog (who was the alpha) is not accepting her so easily and there is much fighting going on. Also, both of our dogs are affraid of her. She is not an aggressive dog in any way. She does not bother our cats and she loves us and the kids. I just want to know how long this will last and if the other dogs will become friends with her. All of our animals got along wonderfully before the new arrival. Will we be able to get back to this again?
I feel like sometimes relationships just evolve... when my mom got a puppy, she was scared of the other dog, but then they were fine and would wrestle and play with each other, and now they don't pay much attention to each other. It's weird how those things change... a week later is it still acting dominant? It might just take time, or you should ask a professional..
Stacy K * Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. ~Roger Caras