I need help. I have a 13 yr old neutered male. I have had him since he was 5 years old. He was abused and starved before i got him. He is also dog agressive. He would attack anydog when i first got him. I have worked with him and he accepts Charley being in the house and normally he doesnt mind the puppy. I got Charley about 5 monthes ago and the puppies were born in my home. I found homes for the rest of the puppies and keep a little female. She still doesnt have a name yet. Just a little while ago, Dunkin, attacked the puppy and rolled her on her back. He chewed her up pretty bad. She has atleast 10 puntures in her neck and chest. I cleaned her up and shes going to the vet in the morning. Why would he suddenly attack her? Shes been in the house for about 4 monthes. She was born here. They were in the livingroom. There was no food anywhere. The puppy was playing with her chewtoy. Dunkin doesnt play with toys so that wouldnt be it. I am afraid to leave them alone in the same room. I have the puppy kenneled right now so she cant move around to much. Should Dunkin be kenneled to? I dont know what to do.
i think you're going to have to keep them apart from now on. make sure you give dunkin the most of the attention between the 3 dogs. that is the way to reinforce his alpha position among the three dogs.
Since your puppy is getting to the 5 month stage, your older dog probably is feeling the need to exert his dominance over the puppy and prove that he is the top dog in the house. The fact that this occured over a toy.. Even though the older dog isn't interested in toys, the fact that the puppy had one and the older dog didn't, the older dog proves his dominance by making the puppy give its toy up. Sounds like things got out of control. I hate to say it but you may have to resign yourself to keeping the dogs seperate at all times until the older dog passes away. Dog vs dog aggression is nearly impossible to deal with in this situation, and the fact that your 13 year old dog has a history of dog aggression (which again, is typically dominance related) doesn't give a lot of hope. You can try taking the older dog to a behaviorist, but I am betting he's going to tell you the same thing. Give both dogs time spent with you. Just don't let them spend time with each other, supervised or unsupervised.
That makes sense. The whole toy thing. I am picturing it now. For the next few years every door way in my house is gong to have babygates across it. LOL. What fun. How can i prevent Dunkin from jumping the gates?
The same thing happened in my home except the reverse. Out of the blue the puppy started to attack my older dog. My older dog stopped coming into the bedroom cause the puppy had attacked her so voilently. Sadly though the puppy was diagnosed with cancer ,she was only 14 months old.We had to pts.I was willing to live with them sleeping seperately. The sleeping space was the only issue with the both of them.My 2 females now,the older dog again ,and my younger dog who's now a year get a long fine. Now remember my older dog is dog aggressive,but can be submissive also.
I have 2 pitts both boys 1 is 16-17months and the other is 6-7months the first day they were both snapping at each other now only very rarely the older one i have had for the longest so tend to be more domanating but they both have times they play but can not be trusted to be left alone and this has all happened so quickly as the youngest i have had not over a week and a half
just got a new pittball 6months and my older pittball that has been with me for a long time went for him the first day and bit his lip his tooth came alll the way through the lip but then 90% of the time they get on its the jeaslousy that is causing problems when i am around they get on fine but then i just do not trust them alone together well not just yet it has only been aweek and aday but they walk together play together and sleep together and the best thing about it is they are both male dogs rednose holbeches alligators and greyline breeds but they do look apicture when they are playing
Isn't this so sad. We have had this same problem ourselves. We thought they would stop fighting but they never did. After so many vet bills we finally realized we had to seperate them. I have three child cages and we have all ajusted nicely. I don't think they mind it at all. When we go to bed, one has to go into a crate. She even likes it now. I hope your little puppy is going to be alright.
The puppy is okay. She went to the vet this morning to be sure. Most f the puntures are shallow and will heal. She does have muscle damage in her front leg though. The vet said it will heal and to bring her back in a week to mak sure nothing was infected and that everything is healing like it should. I went out and bought another crate and three babygates. Dunkin and the puppy already have one. The new one is for Charley. Dunkins Kennel is in my bedroom. Charleys and the puppys are in the living room. I have the house blocked off into sections. My problem is that dunkin can jump the baby gates. The puppy cant and i dont want her to learn how. Dunkin only jumps them if i leave the room that hes in. How do i keep him from doing it? Even at 13 years old he can jump a 6 foot fence. I learned that the hard way.
I would say treat your older dog like a pup in the sense that if you can't be in the same room with him and you are worried he will jump the baby gate....put him in his crate. That way, he doesn't get in trouble and you don't have to worry about him.
I am sorry, I meant gates. We have three of them and they work great. I have a dog who jumps the gate also. Good thing he is a good boy and doesn't fight. If you have the area for a screen door. We were thinking of putting a screen door in our hallway where the gate is so the one who jumps it can't. Go into the other room and close the door behind you. No more worries. They have them very small like for mobile homes. That to me is your only answer. Dogs do not stop agressive behavior. We tried medicine and that didn't work either.
jmo but i don't believe your dog attacked the puppy over a dominace related issue. when dogs try to exert dominance they very rarely, if ever, attack to injure. they attack just enough to let the other dog know who is boss. my guess is your older dog is just plain dog aggressive and it will continue to attack if he is left alone with any dog, regardless of sex or age. this can turn into a very serious even deadly situation if they are not kept seperate at all times. a true alpha animal does not attack puppies. puppies are given alot of leeway when it comes to their behavior. it is when they are older that they are disciplined so they learn what is and is not acceptable. but it is never a violent discipline, which is what your dog was.
My older dog Dunkin is dog agressive. He was that way when i got him. I have done alot of work with him and he doesnt attack other dogs as soon as he sees them. He was doing well with Charley and the puppy until recently. He only attacked the puppy though. He has never shown any kind of agression towards Charley. I have them seperated right now. The puppy is blocked into the living room and Dunkin follows me around the house. If i go into the livingroom Dunkin or the puppy are kenneled.
another suggestion i have is you take your puppy out alot and socialize it with other dogs very frequently. sometimes a dog attack, especially when they are this young, can permanently make your puppy afraid of other dogs she is not familiar with and you may wind up with her growing up to be very much like dunkin, dog aggressive. her aggressiveness may be due to fear and that will be a lot harder to work thru.