I know people go round and round about having 2 females. I am not one who believes that can not live together because right now I have in my home 3 female GS 8,1, 6 months and 3 female shih tzu 3, 2, 1.
My 1 year old GS (stella) is the one I am having problems with. She plays well with everyone but she has on 4 occasions challenged my 8 year old over something. Twice it was a bag of food I carried in the house and set down and twice a bone. She has on 3 of those occasions bitten the 8'year old puncturing her fur. One time the 8 year Old (Jenna) put her in her place and literally held her snout shut with her mouth and she did get a small wound from the 8 year old. The fights are pretty spread out but otherwise everyone gets along. The problem is when she does choose to brawl like this she does not let go. We pull her off and she just holds on the other one will release and leave the situation. She stays mad for a good minute afterwards so we remove her from the situation and put her in her crate. Upon releasing her after cooling off she is fine and the 8'year old are fine. They will wag tails and play together. All is forgiven.
My concern is will she put grow this behavior? Will she start challenging more as she gets older and bigger. She is about 1 right now. she is a rescue pup and I have had her for about 8 months now. She was staring when I brought her home and has taken time to get healthy. I have her as a foster but have considered keeping her, but I can also place her. She is super smart and needs stimulation every day which I try to do. My 8 year old is my like my child and she really is my priority to keep her safe and happy. I also have an 11 year old child who I am concerned will get in the mix. She is great will all the other females. I think because they all back down if challenged. These two dogs I think are more equals in personality. I am hoping this is just "teenage" behavior that she will get past. I have a mega esophagus pup right now so my hands are a bit full. She will be here for awhile. Stella, the one year old, gets along and plays well with Dutchesss the puppy. Thoughts appreciated.