|08-21-2013 12:51 PM|
I guess she is resource guarding the pup. She considers the puppy her property and is guarding from others. This is a leadership issue, in that you need to let her know that the puppy belongs to YOU, and YOU decide who is allowed in the house, and what is a threat or is not a threat. She can't be allowed to make these decisions herself, and must defer all such decisions to you.
So I would up the leadership, and put more controls onto her life. You don't need to come down hard and turn into a tyrant, but make some changes that shows clearly that she has no decision making power, you are in charge of everything. Cut back her freedom, implement NILF (Nothing in life is free). She has to work for everything and earn everything from YOU, the holder and distributor of all good things and resources, let it be sleeping spots, toys, food, and new puppies in the house.
Less freedom - she has shown you that she makes bad decsions when allowed loose around people or outside in the yard unsupervised. Less freedom may mean more crate time, supervised outside time or tied out, restrictions to certain rooms in the house with baby-gates, more time on leash, more obedience controls from you.
I'd separate the puppy from her, it is not her puppy! It is yours. More work, yes, but as you said, it is a question of safety, and you regaining control. Use baby-gates, crating, inside/outside, rotating the dogs. Give each dog individual attention, training, exercise and play time. This will also benefit your new pup and ensure that he bonds to you, and not to her.
You can allow about an hour of play time, or the occasional family outing, but 90 to 80 % of the time, they are separated.
Once you see that the pup is more interested in playing with people than with other dogs, and once your older dog has stopped being possessive of the new pup (I'd give it a year - time for the pup to develop that strong bond with you) - you can allow them to share more time.
|08-21-2013 12:12 PM|
|1sttimeforgsd||Just wanted to say that I hope you can find a solution soon, maybe someone who has had some experience with a similar situation will chime in.|
|08-21-2013 11:29 AM|
|Chip Blasiole||Get a kennel or fence in the yard.|
|08-21-2013 09:58 AM|
|mandiah89||This only started when you brought the new pup home? I would speak to a trainer/behaviorist ASAP! Hope some others with experience will chime in soon for you with some more advice.|
|08-21-2013 08:59 AM|
We have a four month old, beautiful black GSD, unfortunately since this little guy has come into our lives, our two year old female GSD has become quite aggresive. When people come to our home, she lunges at them and barks quite loud when they leave. Yesterday she ran through the electric fence after the UPS delivery man and tried to attack him. I can't figure out what to do and I am really stressed about this. This cannot escalate, it is becoming a safety issue for both the dog and anyone entering our property.