help! chiweenie vs GSD
Hello! I am new to this site, but I was hoping I could get some advice from the more experienced GSD owners out there. My husband and I recently adopted a 10 week old GSD female, Jaeger. We already had a 1.5 yo chiweenie male, Franklin, in the home. My concern is as follows:
Twice now Jaeger and Franklin have gotten into fighting. They get along wonderfully outside in the yard and on walks. She follows Franklin around the yard and mostly does whatever he is doing. Inside, however, is another story. The first incident was when they were eating. We had been feeding them, supervised closely, but in the same room as each other. Jaeger apparently felt Franklin got too close and she pinned him to the ground by his neck . We broke them up. No harm done (well except to my nerves) and we now feed them in separate rooms. The second incident was today. Franklin was giving off low growls indicating he was irritated with the puppy. . .She was not paying attention as far as we could tell and kept following him around. He spun on her to nip in her direction and bark (which he normally does to correct her. . .and she has always backed off and walked away) and she freaked out and went after him hackles raised, teeth flashing. . .We immediately grabbed them both and put them in time out.
Franklin has been around all types of dogs and has never had a problem. And Jaeger, for her part, is never aggressive towards us or the neighbors or children. I have let her play with my friend's golden doodle (adult male) and she did fine. As a side note she had a number of scabs on her when we picked her up. . .presumably from other littermates/dogs where she came from.
I know she has high drive. We go on at least 3 walks a day anywhere from 20-45 min each and we do training sessions for 5 min every couple hours. She is being crate trained (and has adapted very easily to it).
Are we just going to have to have a separated household?
Has anyone used a behavioral specialist with good results?
Any advice will be wholeheartedly welcome. Thank you so so much!