Originally Posted by AnaleighK12k14
Just to clear a couple things up:
1. They have never ever ever been unsupervised. I know better than that. I wasn't home but my husband was home and he said it happened fast, out if nowhere while he was watching.
2. I did not bring a puppy home to a "dog that has unresolved issues" knowingly. We have never seen this side of her. And when I said I've only seen her be "aggressive" about food, I only meant that she was growling at other dogs that went near her food. She had never ever bit any dog or anything or even come close prior to this.
3. She isn't intolerant of him. She actually was totally excited when we brought him home and instantly loved him. She has always liked other dogs
Sent from Petguide.com Free App
But this was an extreme reaction. 4 stitches to a 14 week old puppy is not good. Bitches are interesting to say the least. I love them, because they keep me guessing, and they have really interesting personalities. But, and this is what is important, some bitches have the green-gene.
Don't do a google search on that one because it is my way of putting it. They can be jealous. The resource they often guard is their human. And they seem to have this jealousy much more often with other bitches, and we term it Same Sex Aggression. However, it doesn't have to be another female.
If a female is noticing that the puppy is getting lots of pets, lots of treats, lots of toys, lots of attention, where before she was getting it ALL, now the puppy is not a playmate, but something she would prefer to go away.
So often people want to get a pet for their pet -- not saying that happened here -- but it happens a lot. It is fun to watch two dogs running and playing and happy with each other. And yet, sometimes the dogs would prefer to be onlys. And how do you know that?
Well, I don't think you can. And I don't necessarily think that this has to be permanent. Your bitch needs to never do again this thing. She got strongly corrected, and by implementing NILIF within the household, and making her earn privilages, and being totally fair and consistent, and exercising her mind through training, you can have that two-dog family.
I am not quite sure about hierarchy with dogs, whether it makes more sense to determine which dog is alpha and back the alpha up, give her the treats and toys first, reprimand the puppy when she seems edgy around it, let her go through doorways, get fed, pets first. Or if it is better to take the leadership position and allow neither dog seniority or canine hierarchy. And I don't buy the humans into the pack order at all, and all the dominance stuff. But, I do believe dogs do work out order amongst themselves, and trying to make it be what we think it ought to be, will often have bad results. I know, not very helpful. But maybe some truly knowledgeable person will show up and give their wisdom from their experience with ironing out dog-dog issues.
Good luck. I hope this is the last of this sort of problem that you all experience. Sometimes a good Come-To-Jesus moment does do it with dogs.