Rusty went after Lady twice. For absolutely no reason. She was just standing there and he went up and tried to attack her. He's never been like this before and I don't know what to do. She is cowering all over the place. Tail between her legs, head down, won't look at him. Trying to hide in the corner (she's way too big but doesn't seem to get it). I really need some suggestions on how to fix this before dh gets home tomorrow evening. At least something I can be working on in the meantime. Please please. I am begging here. It is so out of character for him and he was not provoked at all. Have a good day! Rusty the Golden Retriever http://www.dogster.com/?68489 Bailey the Pug http://www.dogster.com/?68491 Ariel the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?68494 Lady the Greyhound http://www.dogster.com/?78537
Oh boy. It may be dominance. Goldens & Greys are roughly the same size, and Rusty's "alpha dog" position may be threatened, in his eyes. Is it all out brawl? Snarling, biting? Or just "get away" fighting? Did you have to separate them? When Rusty does it again, let him know he is bad inside with out Lady knowing it, drag him outside, & punish him out there so Lady doesn't think she's in trouble. Then go back inside & reassure Lady. Poor thing. Hope all goes well. EDIT: Keep Rusty on his leash for a while. Has Lady acted thrilled at all to you, or to anything?
have you been inadvertently paying more attention to lady then to rusty? i would keep rusty on his leash at all times and if he goes for her again you can grab the leash and give him a quick and firm correction. bringing in another dog is going to throw off the pack structure already established so this may happen a few more times before things are resolved amongst them all. just remember you are the leader and like it or not they all need to listen to you regardless. give it some time. they'll work it out. good night.
Gina I know you don't want to hear this but there may be no fixing it. Some dogs simply cannot and will not tolerate new dogs entering their "pack" especially if they sense the other dog is trying to take over the Alpha position. Bluebelle, Pinky and Fancy all get along great and have no problems accepting new dogs into our household. But Punkin is a different story. She has extreme issues with strange dogs. Fosters have to be kept away from Punkin or she will attack them for seemingly no reason. Even very docile dogs.
I'm back. I have him on his leash and he's calm right now, but I wouldn't leave them alone for a second. I have made a point to pay the same amount of attention to both, or even give the other dogs more so that this wouldn't happen. He was just standing next to her and all the sudden he was snarling and biting, of course I stuck myself in the middle and he bit my hand, didn't break the skin, but it still was hard enough to hurt. I have him on his leash and she is in the same room with us but hiding in the corner. I thought it would be good to not keep them totally separated because she's already so scared of him she was just shaking up a storm. Rusty's never bit anything in his life. I saw him looking at her funny but she wasn't looking the other way so I don't understand what happened. She wasn't staring him down or anything and they had been getting along so great. conlink, I'm here did you have a suggestion. I'm trying to deal with them and work too, but I'll check back shortly. Oh, and I've had Rusty the longest and he's never had a problem with the other dogs before. Is it maybe because Lady's bigger? Thanks.
My mom has two dogs and whenever I try to bring cookie around her dogs flip out! Her they both try to attck her and they are around her all the time. Like ginah said some dogs just wont accept other dogs. they may never get used to each others.
I appreciate the advice, but I've only had her a day, I'm not about to give it up. I would really like some suggestions, in the mean time I am going to continue to keep him on his leash like Scout said. So far nothing else has happened, but I'm not taking any chances.
Gina, make sure that you reassure Rusty that he is still the alpha of the pack. Always greet him first, touch/pet him first, give him a treat first. This will help to let him know that he is still alpha. Give it a few days. Dogs have to work it out between them. Do not get between them unless absolutely necessary. It can be dangerous for you, and you are interfering in the pack make-up. It's kind of unusual for an opposite sex to go after the other. Usually the problems are with same sex dogs. Try to let them work it out. Best of luck! LTLGTO
Gina, the golden I had when I was a kid was so protective of me with other dogs. He was the sweetest dog and wasn't agressive towards them at all, but if one came up to me, he would get nippy and mean. It was really weird. Your dog might just be protecting you. I agree with the other posts about keeping him on a leash and correcting his behavior that way, and if that doesn't help, maybe have them sleep on each other's blankets so they get used to each other's smells and give it time so that your golden doesn't feel threatened.
I missed you. I wanted to ask you how you felt about crate training for behavioral modification because we would take in Malinois - informal rescue thing. These dogs are not known to be friendly and definitely are dominate. We would keep a kennel - airline type- in the middle of everything. We place the new animal in the kennel until the dogs were able to acknowledge who was in charge. My Mal of course! :o) And get along. They got to know each other this way. We then kept the other on a leash in the house and gave free time outside. This seemed to alleviate the ‘I want to kill you’ behavior because we set the stage for who was in charge. I don’t know how ‘controlling’ you are with your pets so I wanted to ask you before giving this advice. Since you are already using the leash method this might be a great follow through and give the retriever reassurance.
Thanks both of you. Those are very helpful suggestions. I have had her on her leash and she seems fine. I still gave her extra treats and everything. I really needed to get in between this one because Lady still has her stitches and she seemed like she was just going to stand there and get hurt. It scared the H*ll out of me. Anyway, thanks for those ideas. Any guess how long it will be before it's safe to leave them alone together? Thanks, Gina
conlink, I just saw your post after I had posted mine. I do crate train my smaller dogs, but I never did with Rusty. He was older when I got him and didn't need to. I had thought about getting Lady a crate but was hoping I wouldn't need to, but I think apparently I will. Thanks for that advise. I will be going to Petsmart tomorrow. If you don't mind going into a little more detail on how you do this and for how long I would appreciate it. Thanks, Gina
Not until you feel comfortable. The new dog will not like being controlled and conform soon but when you have your back turned....... :o) Just make sure you are comfortable. Poor gal (you & doggie) She is not feeling well & a newbie. The extra attention & treats are a good idea but don’t feel you have to do the same for the new one as this is something earned. This will give incentive to conform.
Just saw yours too! I like Allie’s wire crate idea but I have always used the airline type. I would NOT crate your former pets only the newbie and the ones that are already used to this. By crating your former pets they may develop an animosity that will never be forgiven. But using it for the new one is what I did.
I have found the best way to introduce a new dog is with the aide of a dog crate. Put the new dog in a dog crate in the house where the other dogs can go up and look at and smell it. If there is growling, correct the older house dogs for showing any sign of aggression. If need be, I will put prong collars on the house dogs and let them drag a leash. If they growl I will give a hard correction.During the first few days the only time I allow the new dog around the others is when they are in their dog crates. After enough time passes they will begin to learn that this is not really a stranger, but a new member of the family.When you have determined that the time has come to allow the dogs to be together, it's always better to let this happen in a strange location. In other words, someplace that neither dog recognizes as their own personal territory. Take them away from the house or back yard. The introduction is always done on a loose leash (I use prong collars) so I always have control of the situation.