Hi, I'm new to this board and hope you can help me. I adopted a Mastiff/Bulldog mix puppy (but I really think she is a Retriever/Pit Bull mix). Her names is Karma. Her littermates (all 7 of them) were dropped off at the shelter when they were 5 weeks old and I adopted her at 7 weeks. Everything has been going great. She is now 7 months old. I also have 2 other dogs, Mariah - 9 year old Doberman and Sasha - 3 year old American Bulldog.
All of a sudden, Karma (the puppy) is growling at the Bulldog anytime she gets near me. She doesn't want Sasha around me. Karma is now getting really possesive with me. She doesn't mind the Doberman being around me or my husband but doesn't like the Bulldog around me. They sleep on the bed with us and I've noticed it's more of a morning thing and by evening they've seemed to work out their agreements. But an occasional growl does occur at night. If I'm sitting in my chair, she gets in between the chair and the Bulldog and then they start growling. I can walk down the hallway and if the bulldog is at the end of the hallway, Karma will growl.
How do I stop this behavior? It's making me crazy!
Stop letting her sleep in bed with you, get on the couch with you anything of that nature. She has decided that she is the alpha, and is pushing your bulldog around. I am having the same problem with a 2yr old mini aussie. You need to re-establish the dominance. when she growls push her away. don't let her decide what is fair and what isn't. If she is on the couch, bed, etc. tell her to get down. You might have to confine her to a bathroom or x-pen til it is all over.
Well...I did it! I didn't sleep very much because Karma just wanted up on the bed all night. She was not pleased! She was pathetic this morning. She slept mostly in her crate (door is open and she sleeps there a lot by herself). Things seemed calmer this morning. How long before I can "ask" her up on the bed? Or is it best just not to with her?