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Axel'smommy 12-26-2012 05:02 PM

Hi from Louisiana - old dog not adjusting well to puppy
Hi. I am the proud new owner of Axel the German Shepherd. He is 7 weeks old and is a smart little thing. He learned to sit in about 3 minutes and never fails. He is doing ok with potty training and crate training. He still whines when I first get him in the crate, but it is all new to him and to be expected. He has had a few accidents, but that is mostly my fault. I have an 18 month old who requires a lot of mommy's attention, so I have been a little late taking him out a few times. I am a single mom and work 8 hr days. I go home on my lunch break and let him out of his crate and outside and my brother goes and lets him out in the afternoon. My problem is my other dog. I have a 5 yr old female chihuahua (Isabella) who tolerates Axel and will even play with him at times. My 3 year old male chi/pom mix (Eddie), however, is NOT happy about our new addition. I have never seen him growl or get upset in 3 years and all of the sudden he is just being mean, even toward Isabella who he has always adored. I dont know what to do to help my Eddie adjust better. I want my sweet boy back and this little demon dog to go!!

Axel'smommy 12-28-2012 09:43 AM

Ehh. am I doing something wrong? No one has replied to me???

Lauri & The Gang 12-28-2012 09:47 AM

I asked one of the administrators to move this to the Behavior section. You should get more replies there.

MaggieRoseLee 12-28-2012 09:49 AM

You posted properly, I'll move it to another section other than the Intro and you may get more help.

I'd make sure the new puppy is NOT allowed to pester Eddie plus try to make sure to have the same one on one time with his as prior to getting your new GSD. It's hard not to revolve our lives around a new puppy and their needs so this does take away from our older dogs.

Remember Eddie wasn't given a vote on adding a new puppy to the house and I'm betting his life was rolling along just fine before the new addition. So being patient and figuring out a balance he can live with by working with Eddie is something you need to figure out.

Really make sure you can exercise/train/socialize the puppy outside the home so your other dogs won't feel slighted and you can wear the pup out. A tired puppy is a good puppy who will cause less issues when back home.

May be help for you on these links:

Axel'smommy 01-03-2013 11:12 AM

Thank you so much for the help. I love these forums and researched here a lot before getting Axel and it has helped so much.

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