Hi all ! Haven't been on here in a long time. I have a 1 1/2 yr old female who is extremely dominate over everything !!! I have a 4 yr old golden retriever female and she can never play unless I put Misha away. I've tried to break this behavior or at least tame it down a bit but have not succeeded. So as of 2 days ago we have a new member of the family. An 8 week old male pup. Misha is mean to him and I don't know what to do. I correct her when she bites at him aggressively. My husband doesn't correct her and says " That's the way German Shepherds are " I'm worried that she's going to ruin him. Should I continue to correct her ? If so, what's the best way ? I appreciate any help and advice. Thank you
My four - year old shepherd did this with my shepherd puppy when I brought him home at eight weeks. She would "ground" him every two minutes. He could simply be trying to walk across the room and she'd run and tackle him and pin him on the ground growling, every time. I always corrected her, and it helped the frequency of it. If I noticed her about to, I would correct her before she even started. I never left them unsupervised and watched her body language to stop her BEFORE she did it. She is also VERY dominant, and I would assume she was trying to make an imprint on him now that she is the head dog in the house. She tends to do this to every dog she meets (INSIDE my home only! Outside she is perfectly fine). However, the difference is mine only lasted a week or so. So it's possible yours is doing the same?
I've noticed the older he got and the more I corrected her, she left him alone (unless he bothered her, which he did often as she *looked* like a good playmate for some odd reason). Now, at six months, she only grounds him when he does something unacceptable. For example, if he doesn't listen to me say "down" when I'm coming home and jumps on me, she pushes him to the ground and then releases him. It's actually a very hand tool, because he no longer jumps on me and I hardly had to do anything !
However, mine never tried to bite him, it was always just a push down until he settled and then shed let him back up. So that is where I'm stumped!
My 17 month old intact male GSD plays very roughly with my older neutered male. There is a lot of "viscous" growling involved, as well as bearing teeth. Despite how it sounds, he is just a puppy playing. They are actually great with each other.
Varick vom Haus Jeffery
Dark Sable, intact male
DDR/West German Show Lines
Oh wow llombardo ! Your poor golden haha ! That's how my golden ( Ginger) and GSD (Misha) play sometimes but Misha doesn't want us petting Ginger or any other dog at all. She doesn't bite Ginger as much but will get in front of her and push her out of the way. She is hardly ever relaxed and I'm just concerned the pup won't learn anything and become a sissy dog because of her. She scares him and he cowers down. It's sad. I will try to catch some stuff on video this weekend for you guys
To be honest with you, I don't even think Misha knows what playing with another dog is. And she doesn't seem interested at all. Her goal is to win at everything. She's very competitive and really has a bad attitude about everything. Yet she is extremely loving to people and will play ball all day long. Very good with people just not so good with other dogs. Maybe it's something I'm going to have to accept ? I don't know.