|09-27-2013 02:01 PM|
Neither dog should be allowed to 'bother' the other...over anything.
Also, each dog should be treated equally.
I agree with Shade as well... Manners are a must.
My house, my rules.
|09-27-2013 01:00 PM|
Nothing is a "sure thing" with dogs but when the dog is 12 and the other gets older your more likely turn out would be an injured or dead older dog. Probably wouldn't get that bad it might just spill over into a situation where the older dog got bullied but you never know. Just keep them 100% separated during feeding and watch their interactions when they're together, and it shouldn't be an issue.
I have a gsd/mal that is almost 7 months a long side a lab that is 9 years old and I keep them separated most times. He was raised since he was 7 weeks old to be respectful of the older dog though and separated whenever I wasn't there to watch them. The older guy has free reign of the house the younger one stays in the crate unless hes with me or working with me.
|09-27-2013 12:53 PM|
I wouldn't be surprised that when your pup gets a little older, your old dog will no long tolerate the behavior and you will have huge nasty dog fights on your hands.
"The six month old Heidi is very protective of her food. If Xtra the older dog walks near Heidi's dish Heidi will growl at her and kind of lunge. "
Do not allow this. No one leaves a dish to walk by another dog's dish. Once a dog is finished eating, they can come to you. But not the other dog. No dog is allowed to vocalize or gesture any type of aggression around food, toys etc - any resource.
"We always correct Heidi as soon as she growls at Xtra but it seems to do no good."
You know it's going to happy. Don't wait till it does. You are the leader. You will let the dogs know who can or can not come near you. Watch Heidi. You will see her begin to give the stink eye at Xtra, before she starts growling. Stop it then! Right then!
Teach a solid 'Leave it'. Use NILIF - 24/7 on both dogs. Doing it now with Xtra will help you keep things quiet when Heidi stops getting the puppy pass.
Don't leave any resources (toys / food / etc.) available to either dog. If you want to play, do something for me. Even if it's a silly thing, like a quick sit. They don't have to try out for the olympics to play ball or get a cookie. But they have to do something.
|09-27-2013 12:28 PM|
I'll put my reply here as well since the other thread was locked.
Have you looked into Nothing In Life Is Free? I personally don't tolerate guarding, everything in the house is mine, not theirs whether it be food, toys, or even me. I'm not harsh, but I'm firm with my dogs and they know the rules from the start. Follow them and you get treats and attention, disobey and nothing fun happens. They follow the good path because it reaps the rewards
Your older dog has earned her rest and shouldn't be bothered with the younger, the younger dog needs to earn respect and NILIF will teach her that
|09-27-2013 12:21 PM|
|Baillif||Feed them separately and where they can't mess with each other. You shouldn't just correct the young pup for defending her food, you also need to correct the older one for going over to her dish in the first place, if you continue to do what you are doing which IMO isn't a good idea. Just because there is some food aggression doesn't mean it will spill over into other areas of life if you prevent it from happening by good management, otherwise it just might.|
|09-27-2013 12:00 PM|
Does she ever growl at you while she's eating? Can you pet her? Pull her ears? Etc.
Can you feed her by hand? Feed both dogs treats side by side?
Sounds like she is food aggressive.
|09-23-2013 10:30 PM|
jealous 6 month old
I have a six month old female shepherd. We got her when she was 8 weeks old. We have another 12 year old shepherd that would not hurt a flea. The six month old Heidi is very protective of her food. If Xtra the older dog walks near Heidi's dish Heidi will growl at her and kind of lunge. I feed them both at the same time but not real near each other. Well lately Heidi growls and lunges at Xtra if she comes around me when Heidi is by me. We always correct Heidi as soon as she growls at Xtra but it seems to do no good. When they are outside Heidi lays right by Xtra and inside she does the same. Can anybody suggest what to try to stop her nasty behavior to our older dog. I was hoping at some point down the line to get another puppy a male this time but it worries me that Heidi will not accept it. She goes to daycare once a week also so that she gets socialized with other dogs and does fine there. We got Xtra when she was 11 months old ( she had that name because she was left over and the runt of the X litter) and then got an 8 week old male shepherd. Xtra took to him right away and acted like a little mother to him. I was hoping this would be the way Heidi would respond to a puppy but now I don't know.