|08-26-2013 07:18 PM|
Thank you for the advice guys. The boys are never left uncrated alone together. I don't think they would hurt each other intentionally, but accidents can happen if one of us isn't there to tell
Them to chill out! Interestingly, our third dog Gus, a Golden Doodle, has been playing more with Paynter and that seems to calm him a bit. Gus is very mellow. Paynter plays with him far more carefully and they never get rough. So hopefully time and Gus will help us get past this sibling bickering!
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|08-24-2013 09:51 PM|
They are pretty close together in age and both quite young. You should be keeping them separated as much as possible when not under direct supervision.
Alternate which one gets crated between Paynter and Jaeger. Correct Paynter from "correcting" Jaeger but don't allow Jaeger to disrespect Paynter or correct him either.
Raising two puppies of those breeds together is a tough tough job because of all the two puppy syndrome symptoms that can creep up. There are articles out there specifically on how to raise two puppies that are that close together in age, and most of them will encourage a lot of separation for a variety of reasons. One is preventing fights, but the other is preventing them from becoming too highly dependent on each other, which is a problem that gets compounded if you have siblings.
You sound to be like you are mostly on the right track, but there is a chance it will become a permanent state of affairs. I know great trainers that have multiple mondioring dogs and they have to keep certain ones separated because of aggression/rank drive issues.
On the positive side you can use that crate time to help harness Paynters energy and drive for his training especially if you are interested in ring sports.
|08-24-2013 08:55 PM|
8 months is prime teenage terror time. It sounds like you are doing the right things. 'Pest' is a good word for how I'd describe our puppy with older dog as well. Just an annoying, butthead brother. He is slowly but surely growing out if it at 1 year, along with some management on our part.
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|08-24-2013 08:04 PM|
|Nigel||Ranger just turned a year and he sounds similar to what you describe, but he is more "pest like" to our females. We just intervene and have him down/stay until he chills out. Usually he's not too bad and they all get along great, just some days, with my wife's new work schedule, he has more energy than we can burn off.|
|08-24-2013 07:36 PM|
|Muneraven||No supportive stories of 8 month old buttheads turning out just fine? No advice on how to handle this? :-(|
|08-24-2013 03:42 AM|
|GSxOwner||Unfortunately no good advice...my last dog was extremely dominant (never seen her submit to another dog...ever) but me and her were like siblings because we grew up together so we managed. But I had to say the title of this thread gave me a laugh|
|08-24-2013 01:01 AM|
8 month old bossy butthead
So Paynter is an 8 month old GSD & Belgian cross, and lately he has started being a huge butthead to Jaeger, our 13 month old GSD. Jaeger is a very gentle, loving, nurturing GSD and he has always rough-housed with Paynter but has been his buddy. Now Paynter has started barking at him and bossing him around, hogging EVERYTHING, even trying to keep Jaeger out of the living room if Paynter has a toy he imagines Jaeger wants. I realize that they are going to have to work out who is the boss of the pack, but Paynter is a terrible tyrant!
Is Paynter going to grow out of this? I don't want Jaeger to be unhappy!
So far I have tried:
1. Taking away the literal "bone of contention" when Paynter is yelling at Jaeger overly much about possibly, maybe looking at his bone.
2. Spending some time with both of them alone so they are not competing for my attention all the time.
3. Taking them on outings together so that they associate fun with each other.
4. Crating Paynter when he just will not stop (usually when he is tired).
5. Just generally working on Paynter's obedience.
They do still often play nice together. It just seems like Paynter is going through a super bossy, barky stage. Should I be doing anything different to make sure this doesn't become a permanent state of affairs?
Thanks for any advice! I don't want to screw up Paynter...he is showing signs of growing into a really awesome dog. It's this other stuff that worries me, lol.