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12-17-2013 12:54 PM
LinneK9
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Originally Posted by MaggieRoseLee View Post
Linnek9, if the pups are off leash going at their own pace. Or you have them on a leash with you walking, you will NOT over exercise either of them.

And the more GOOD walks you have with both of them, the better they get used to each other and tire them both out.

Don't throw the dogs in the crate as punishment AFTER a fight. Instead USE the crates to prevent fights before they start. Be pro-active and put food stuffed kongs in the crate that the dog(s) get as a reward and can spend some minutes licking/chewing and quieting themselves down.

Ok got it!
We will work with the walks for now! I do have some friends with other well socialized 1-2 y.o. GSD's would it be safe for my pup to be introduced to them or too dangerous until he learns manners given that they are much much larger than him right now?
12-17-2013 09:49 AM
MaggieRoseLee Linnek9, if the pups are off leash going at their own pace. Or you have them on a leash with you walking, you will NOT over exercise either of them.

And the more GOOD walks you have with both of them, the better they get used to each other and tire them both out.

Don't throw the dogs in the crate as punishment AFTER a fight. Instead USE the crates to prevent fights before they start. Be pro-active and put food stuffed kongs in the crate that the dog(s) get as a reward and can spend some minutes licking/chewing and quieting themselves down.
12-16-2013 08:55 PM
LinneK9
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Originally Posted by llombardo View Post
Your puppy is running at her with excitement that scares her. She is protecting herself because she has no clue on how to take the puppy. They are just so full of energy. Have you taken these two out together on a walk so that they can even get used to each other? I think that once she realizes he is playing and he learns some manners, it will be okay. That is how I would try to avoid fights.
Its funny you say that. ..took a 2 hour walk with both dogs and they were pretty good ...get home and hes doing the same stuff resulting in the ither dog getting mad again...I guess it seems aggressive because his bark is so deep I'm not familiar with young pups having deep fast barks. ..I could understand how he may be scaring her and not meaning harm. ..even after our walk this guy must have just seen it as a warm up! Still packed with energy
12-16-2013 05:53 PM
llombardo Your puppy is running at her with excitement that scares her. She is protecting herself because she has no clue on how to take the puppy. They are just so full of energy. Have you taken these two out together on a walk so that they can even get used to each other? I think that once she realizes he is playing and he learns some manners, it will be okay. That is how I would try to avoid fights.
12-16-2013 05:46 PM
LinneK9
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If they can't play nice, then they can't play at all. And you need to be proactive with this. Any lunging and barking means you are LATE with communicating that you won't accept this behavior. Not fair to either pup if this goes to far and one (both?) of them get injured.

It's the humans job to exercise and teach appropriate behavior. And if this means using baby gates and crating while you work it out, then that's what happens. I'd be really exercising and taking tons of dog classes so your dog(s) know to listen and look to you so they don't just escalate to the fighting stage.

So this shouldn't be about how to break up a fight, but how to prevent any fights from ever happening again.

Good luck.
My only fear with a crate is I don't want him to see it as punishment...he is a little more willing to go into it now but at first wouldn't touch it...been trying to make it as positive as an experience as possible.
12-16-2013 05:45 PM
LinneK9
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Originally Posted by Harry and Lola View Post
The puppy coming out of the crate is full of pent up excitement and energy, instead of releasing the pup from the crate straight into the house where the other dog is, why don't you put him on lead then take him for a brisk 15 to 20 minute walk then bring him inside on lead where the other dog is and make him drop and stay until he is calm. Once calm remove the lead and see how things go.

Again with the coming in from outside, do the same thing.

I realise they are both very young, 3 and 10 months, but they both need to learn to respect each others space and proper manners.
I was told not take him on walks yet as he hasn't had his 3rd set of shots yet (they are tomorrow) Is jogging ok for a young puppy? trying to be easy on his hips while he is still developing....
12-16-2013 04:40 PM
Harry and Lola
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Originally Posted by LinneK9 View Post
Every time my puppy comes out of the crate or comes in from being outside he runs toward her with a deep rapid bark standing proud.
The puppy coming out of the crate is full of pent up excitement and energy, instead of releasing the pup from the crate straight into the house where the other dog is, why don't you put him on lead then take him for a brisk 15 to 20 minute walk then bring him inside on lead where the other dog is and make him drop and stay until he is calm. Once calm remove the lead and see how things go.

Again with the coming in from outside, do the same thing.

I realise they are both very young, 3 and 10 months, but they both need to learn to respect each others space and proper manners.
12-16-2013 04:40 PM
MaggieRoseLee
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He is always on leash coming in and out of the house and out of the crate. He lunges and barks wildly when he sees the other dog. Should I just stand there and wait until he calms himself, reward him then unhook him?
If they can't play nice, then they can't play at all. And you need to be proactive with this. Any lunging and barking means you are LATE with communicating that you won't accept this behavior. Not fair to either pup if this goes to far and one (both?) of them get injured.

It's the humans job to exercise and teach appropriate behavior. And if this means using baby gates and crating while you work it out, then that's what happens. I'd be really exercising and taking tons of dog classes so your dog(s) know to listen and look to you so they don't just escalate to the fighting stage.

So this shouldn't be about how to break up a fight, but how to prevent any fights from ever happening again.

Good luck.
12-16-2013 04:35 PM
LinneK9
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Originally Posted by Lilie View Post
You stop the behavior before this ^^^ happens. You don't allow your puppy to bully the other dog. If your puppy isn't exhibiting the above behavior the female won't have to defend herself.
Is them getting "mouthy" with eachother acceptable? Mouths open nipping at each others mouths with the whiny tone?.....< this usually turns into a fight but seems playful at the time?
12-16-2013 04:34 PM
LinneK9
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You stop the behavior before this ^^^ happens. You don't allow your puppy to bully the other dog. If your puppy isn't exhibiting the above behavior the female won't have to defend herself.
He is always on leash coming in and out of the house and out of the crate. He lunges and barks wildly when he sees the other dog. Should I just stand there and wait until he calms himself, reward him then unhook him?
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