|09-13-2013 01:45 PM|
I brought an 8 week old GSD puppy into a home that included and older AmBull with the beginning stages of weak hips, and a cat, and pet rats. It would have been a living nightmare if I'd allowed my puppy to determine who and when he got to play with everyone, lol! No way!!! His idea of fun was gripping her floppy mouth and pulling it out like bats wings. It was pretty funny to watch, but I knew his puppy pass wouldn't last forever and he'd eventually be a terrible pest - and if he knocked her on a bad day when her hips were sore, he'd really hurt her.
I taught my puppy to live peacefully with everyone by being his sole source of fun. He didn't get to chase the cat, or bark at the rats, or jump on the dog. Too bad for him, but oh so much nicer for everyone else, lol. I owed it to my other pets to keep them safe and happy. Now he's a perfect gentleman around them.
|09-13-2013 10:54 AM|
While I do some of what rena suggests and let them work out some issues...
It is NOT just my older dogs job to train and teach my new puppies. I realize puppies can be a pain. I also know of dogs killing/severely injuring other dogs in the house.
So I always have my dogs withing sight/sound. And I pay attention.
It's up to me to know normal play and rough housing from when it starts getting more serious. And if I'm in any doubt I step in BEFORE something may happen. Just to break it up and relieve the tension. May just be stepping in between and then getting both dogs into the kitchen for a treat. Or maybe me getting off my lazy behind and realizing 'yes, I do need to go take them for a walk to get rid of some of the energy in the house'. Or if I do have to separate/crate for awhile that's fine too.
My older dogs teach/train/socialize my pups in many ways. But it's not just their job. It's a pack that I'm part of and frankly, as the leader of the pack it's up to me to look out for ALL the members and step in when needed.
|09-13-2013 01:01 AM|
|rena||I have this now. My 5 month old female rules the house. She is queen and my 8 year old male is her entertainment. I chose to let him set up his own rules. I did not want to run to his aide everytime she annoyed him. She chews on him and herds him back into his kennel because of her consistent jelousy of wanting to be with me only. I allow this all to happen as though he gets quite rough with him, they both play together and when he has had enough lately he has finally bit her back and put her in her place. Its a work in progress and slowly she is learning what he wont put up with anymore as she has gotten older and Im thinking her nips are a lot stronger. If it was out of hand I would most definatley intervene but I felt it right to step back and not enable and see if they would work it out and so far that was the way to go.|
|09-12-2013 01:58 PM|
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|09-12-2013 01:11 PM|
Delgado had a really hard time ignoring Zazu, while he's a very dog savvy cat he'll run rather than fight and Delgado loves to chase. I found there were two things that really helped Delgado:
1) I made myself more interesting than the cat! The cat may run but I have treats, an exciting voice, toys, etc. Why run after the cat when you can come to mom for fun and get rewarded for it?
Keep a tug or ball on you at all times and when you see him bugging Harley call Varick to you and reward him with play and attention when he comes. He'll soon learn that it's more fun with you then with Harley when Harley isn't interested in playing
2) I kept him leashed to me when he was younger, whenever I noticed him focus on the cat I would verbally correct using a "leave it" and distract him. The leash preventing him from running after the cat so he learned that trying to run gets you nowhere and that leaving the object alone is more rewarding.
I hope that helps, consistency was the key I found above all
|09-12-2013 12:47 PM|
Puppy annoying older dog
Varick is a one year old intact male, and Harley is a three year old neutered male. They are usually just fine together, playing or just relaxing together. Varick annoys Harley CONSTANTLY. Always jumping at him and biting his neck. Usually Harley simply ignores this or tries to get away, but there has been incidences where Harley has bitten and pinned Varick to the ground. Varick always submits, but he is not phased by the incident whatsoever. Afterwards he goes right back at it (only at times). This doesn't happen often, but I'm worried that this might escalate and turn into a fight one day.
I try to scold Varick for doing this, but he just ignores me, so I end up putting him away in his crate.
What can I do?