|10-26-2013 08:25 PM|
|srinagar||Thanks Mary Beth, having some success with your suggestion...will keep it up|
|10-08-2013 10:32 PM|
|Mary Beth||Jessie is just a pup and so she is playing like a pup would. Roxy being older doesn't want to play that way and so doesn't tolerate it. Though I wonder if Roxy being confined to the outdoors while Jessie gets to stay inside may lead to jealousy and hinder the bonding. For now since you don't have a problem with them outside in the yard but it is only inside and Jessie is the one pestering Roxy, then a dog gate may help inside that would block off one room and Jessie can go in there when she is pestering Roxy and Roxy can be left alone to lie peacefully in the corner.|
|10-08-2013 03:21 PM|
Puppy and adolescent dog bonding
I have 2 dogs. the first is a female German Shepherd, Roxy, which we got at 2 months (now aged 18 months) who I taught basic sit, drop etc. She had to move to stay with friends for a year as we had a flat and was treated as an outside dog. Her only major problem was being VERY submissive to my husband grovelling at his feet, whining, licking and occasionally urinating.
When we moved into a house with garden 2 months ago we got a female Lhasa Apso 2 month pup, Jessie. Easy to toilet train, sit etc. and treated as an inside dog. A month later Roxy came back. Roxy remains an outside dog while Jessie sleeps in the house. Neither dog has been aggressive to any human. Now the problem.
When the 2 are together Jessie will tug at Roxies tail and ears and jump up on her. Roxy responds by low growls and mouthing. No real fights but often the "play" ends up with Jessie going a bit ballistic and sounding like Cujo. If I break them up one or the other will start it up again although Jessie seems to be the main offender. If I bring both dogs inside Roxy is happy to lie quietly in a corner but Jessie will initiate an "encounter". There has never been an injury and I'm never worried one will hurt the other but the noise Jessie makes really bothers me.
I am concentrated on doing more training with Roxy, greet her first and feed them seperatly and they seem to be improving slightly. If left together in the yard they will eventually settle down in different parts of the yard.
Any ideas how to get them to bond better?