Older dog hates puppies.... About to get a puppy...
So I have a 21 month old GSD (Midas) who was attacked by another dog when he was a several months old. After that, he was very dog reactive. I hired a behaviorist and now we're able to go to the dog park and I just have to keep an eye on him. Mostly because of the OTHER dogs, but every now and then there will be a puppy under the age of 4 months and he pretty much hates 80% of the puppies he meets under that age. He has never actually injured a puppy, but he charges at them, growling and hackles up and if he is off leash, he will open his mouth on them like he's going to bite them, but never has (he has only had this opportunity twice though). Unfortunately, I am in nursing school so our training has been pretty sparse in regards to what the behaviorist set up for us, but the changes have been very noticeable. If I had spent more time on it, I'm sure this wouldn't be as bad.
Anyways, I am putting a deposit down on a puppy tomorrow (yay!). It will be another male GSD, 8 weeks old. I am afraid that Midas will harm the little guy and I am curious to know if there are any good techniques besides the whole neutral environment thing to help get them used to each other? He kinda does better with meeting new puppies if someone holds the puppy in their arms and he can sniff their bottoms, but it's only so-so. I know he will adore this pup after it's 4-5 months old, but until then.... whew. Some puppies he is fine with if they leave him alone, but that never happens lol. Other times, he just snaps at them when they jump on him and chew on him.
Does anyone else know what I am going through or have any insight? Or any training techniques to get him to do better around puppies? Thanks!
**Edit - he went from not being able to look at ANY dog from 50 yards away without hackles up, barking, growling, and air snapping, to only not liking puppies but liking any other dog really.
Last edited by stephanie.jackson; 12-18-2012 at 02:42 AM.