|01-29-2014 10:18 PM|
Hi there! I had the same situation when I brought my new GSD Pancho home in 2012 (Pancho was 2 months old and Jerry, the black lab, was 1 1/2 years old). Jerry was an extremely hyper dog and Very sociable with other dogs outside of the house. I got Pancho and when I brought him home I was sure Jerry would love him. Well he didn't. Jerry wanted to devour Pancho. No getting Jerry to give Pancho a chance until the next day I put Jerry's muzzle on and took Pancho' butt, put it directly on Jerry's nose so Jerry would finally smell him and after that Jerry was fine with Pancho!!! Now they are inseparable!!! I hope this helps!!
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|01-29-2014 07:28 PM|
|rickaz80||Walk the two dogs together and correct them if they get out of control. Do this every day. You may have to keep them close on a short lead at first, but once they know you are in control, things should get better. This worked for me, I had a older female lab and a GSD female pup.|
|01-29-2014 05:55 PM|
|BillWas2||Hello 'Proud Mom' - I have a 2.5 year old male GSD (Qanuk) and a 4.5 year old female Alaskan Malamute (Anana); I added Qanuk when Anana was 2.5 years of age and had been the only canine in the house for almost her entire life (I picked her up from the breeder when she was ten weeks of age). Initially Anana was very kind and supportive of Qanuk but once he reached maybe two months of age she began to do exactly what you described your Golden is doing; she will growl at Qanuk and often would knock him down (she's a big girl at 124 pounds and even now she far eclipses Qanuk's 85 pound weight). I thought maybe it was a perceived lack of attention on her part but this wasn't the case. The behavior continued for months and Qanuk was relentless; with time they came to an understanding and are now good friends. During the adjustment time I did nothing to separate them as while there was lots of growling, barking, baring of teeth and what not this is all typical canine behavior when establishing the pack's dominance hierarchy. It can be a bit disconcerting but unless the dogs aren't properly socialized no real harm will come of it. Poor Qanuk had real issues when he finally reached maturity around ten months of age. He naturally felt that as a male - even though both dogs are 'fixed' - he should be the alpha dog but Anana was also used to this position and given she outweighed him by almost 40 pounds the poor guy never stood a chance of 'dethroning' her. It required a couple of months but Qanuk has come to accept the situation; now they play and often look like they're killing each other but they are good friends. From what you said I'd think your two canines need more time to come to a mutually acceptable relationship. I'd almost guarantee this will happen but I would let them freely interact even when it appears like they are killing each other; you will quickly develop an eye for when its 'just play' and if and when its getting more serious. Nature 'wires' canines to work these situations out and to do so in a way that doesn't involve serious injuries to all involved.|
|01-29-2014 01:18 AM|
|mmeylor||Puppies don't know how to communicate correctly yet, and your dog is teaching him by telling him to knock it off! Us humans don't always understand this direct way of communicating . Great article here that may help. What to Expect: Introducing a Puppy to Your Adult Dogs | Karen Pryor Clicker Training|
|01-28-2014 05:16 PM|
|bruiser||My lab (female) was 7 yrs. when I got my GSD (male). Stella tolerated and played with the pup for a short time. I let her keep him in line because I knew as soon as bruiser got older he would dominate her. Bruiser loves stella but she tolerates him. They are like siblings, she loves to egg him on and get him in trouble and he constantly falls for it. I treat them both equally and kindly. Mostly, I take them out together and separately so they each have special time. Essentially I have to treat them both like children. Love them both but they drive me crazy sometimes|
|01-28-2014 02:21 PM|
|01-28-2014 01:59 PM|
I didnt correct my shih tzu for growling if she didnt want to be bothered by my GSD, instead I distracted the puppy by calling him to me and playing with him. He now knows if she growls leave her alone, so now he turns and walks away.
|01-28-2014 01:52 PM|
It took my lab about two weeks to really bond with my shepherd pup. When I came home (he hates puppies LOL) he wouldn't even look at me for a few days. This was them once he finally came around and they've been best friends ever since.
|01-28-2014 01:41 PM|
|xtramile||I am not a trainer at all. I remember reading something that said correcting that growling may not change the dogs feelings and could lead to a dog that just will not growl before moving up the scale of force. IE they will not give warning signs before biting or snapping. Kind of like you are not telling the dog not to be mean. Just not to show warning signs since dogs are so in the moment it does not translate well. Any one else got thoughts on it? I am interested to ear from someone more experienced.|
|01-27-2014 11:12 PM|
Good advice- thank you everyone.
I will be patient and see what happens. I will continue to distract my puppy from the Lab as much as possible, make sure they are getting exercise and using treats.
Does anyone have thoughts about verbally correcting my Lab when he growls simply because the puppy is in his presence? I have been giving him treats when he ignores the pup.
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