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01-02-2014 12:38 AM
Ellex
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Originally Posted by blackshep View Post
My parent's sweet and gentle Lab put my pup into her place a couple of times when I first got her. It's not necessarily a fear reaction, but the older dog telling the young pup they are being obnoxious and rude.

Still, with a size difference like that I agree about going into training with your pup ASAP, and never leave them alone together. If you aren't crate training your pup yet, I strongly recommend it. Even a very young GSD is strong enough and boisterous enough to seriously harm your Yorkie.

Good luck
Thank you.
My Yorkie isn't afraid of her, he plays with her when she's not hyper, he just doesn't let her push him around. We keep a close eye on both of them while they're playing and for the most past he just let's get do her own thing. Luna (GSD pup) is starting puppy classes this upcoming Saturday and we've been training her at home too, we've had family over for the holidays and we finally got her to ourselves. She is being creat trained.

You said to never leave them alone together, is that just for the puppy years, until she's calmed down and is trained or do you advice that even when she's grown? My husband and his mom (who has 4 different breeds with small dogs and cats) says that they should be fine when she's older, and even though I have no doubts that Luna is very very smart, I don't know how I feel leaving her alone full grown with something so small (the cats pretty small too)
12-27-2013 12:32 PM
blackshep
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That was quick. I thought you were looking for advice? My main concern at this point is the lack of training, socialization, and reactiveness with your Yorkie. Get that dog in training. Find a trainer that uses only positive reinforcement, perhaps clicker training, and knows something about fear reactive dogs. Your husband should be able to take the GSD pup to classes with the same trainer. That way the trainer and you will be on the same page when dealing with issues. If you let us know the area you live, someone on here may be able to recommend a good trainer.
My parent's sweet and gentle Lab put my pup into her place a couple of times when I first got her. It's not necessarily a fear reaction, but the older dog telling the young pup they are being obnoxious and rude.

Still, with a size difference like that I agree about going into training with your pup ASAP, and never leave them alone together. If you aren't crate training your pup yet, I strongly recommend it. Even a very young GSD is strong enough and boisterous enough to seriously harm your Yorkie.

Good luck
12-26-2013 11:29 AM
dawnandjr
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Originally Posted by Ellex View Post
We got the puppy on Sunday and my Yorkie is still on the fences about her but he has moments where you see him coming around. She's the sweetest thing ever! When she plays too rough he snaps and she backs off. I'm doing my best to keeping them together but we're also creat training her. I'm enrolling her in puppy classes so I can teach her to get to his level.


Is it common for smaller dogs to snap at the puppy the first few days?
I'm just praying my Yorkie comes around to her.
That was quick. I thought you were looking for advice? My main concern at this point is the lack of training, socialization, and reactiveness with your Yorkie. Get that dog in training. Find a trainer that uses only positive reinforcement, perhaps clicker training, and knows something about fear reactive dogs. Your husband should be able to take the GSD pup to classes with the same trainer. That way the trainer and you will be on the same page when dealing with issues. If you let us know the area you live, someone on here may be able to recommend a good trainer.
12-25-2013 02:20 PM
belladonnalily In response to your question about leaving them alone together, I'm sure many never have issues but I would NEVER do it myself no matter how well they get along. A friend's BC killed her 10lb dog one day with no previous signs of problems. Might have simply been that the play got too rough.

With like-size dogs, you may have a chance to recognize something isn't going well...but with a Yorkie and GSD, the first "issue" while you're gone might be the last.



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12-25-2013 12:42 PM
Helios
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Originally Posted by Ellex View Post
We got the puppy on Sunday and my Yorkie is still on the fences about her but he has moments where you see him coming around. She's the sweetest thing ever! When she plays too rough he snaps and she backs off. I'm doing my best to keeping them together but we're also creat training her. I'm enrolling her in puppy classes so I can teach her to get to his level.


Is it common for smaller dogs to snap at the puppy the first few days?
I'm just praying my Yorkie comes around to her.
Where did you get her from?

I actually own a soon to be 4 YO GSD. My GSD doesn't care pretty much about the olders small pets in the house (12 yo pekingeses). When he was a puppie they'd snap at him too if he got too close to them and they still would do it now if it weren't for the fact that they ignore each other most of the time.

Now, when it comes to the 3 YO yorkie, -both male and intact- they've gotten along just fine! LOL. Though, when the yorkie was brought home I had to teach my GSD that in order to play with him, he had to down to prevent anything since he was so little. Nowadays they enjoy their own game, the chasing, playing rough -always under supervision-. In fact, the Yorkie most of the time is the one that provokes and tease the GSD.

Regarding your question #3, I don't. I always keep them separated when going outside. I leave the GSD with free roaming but I'd never leave the yorkie with free roaming around the house, he always gets into things that he shouldn't and even If he didn't, I would not keep them alone without supervision.

Regarding your question #4, nope.

Though my GSD is very vocal and so is the yorkie, if it were for the sounds they make when the are playing, a lot of people would think that they are showing aggression.

And like you said, My yorkie also thinks he can take on the world.

I've to add though, the yorkie (Otto) was a puppie when he was brought home. We had lost a Yorkie before him, Jessie, he was 5 YO when we brought the GSD to the home. They didn't get along like Otto and Helios (GSD) did. Jessie never got along with Helios. He'd always ignore him and walk away and if he got too close to him, he'd snap at him too so we had to teach Helios to respect Jessie's space.

Good luck! Hope everything turns out to be ok!
12-24-2013 11:44 PM
Ellex We got the puppy on Sunday and my Yorkie is still on the fences about her but he has moments where you see him coming around. She's the sweetest thing ever! When she plays too rough he snaps and she backs off. I'm doing my best to keeping them together but we're also creat training her. I'm enrolling her in puppy classes so I can teach her to get to his level.


Is it common for smaller dogs to snap at the puppy the first few days?
I'm just praying my Yorkie comes around to her.
12-22-2013 11:08 PM
Curtis Edit: meant to quote Ellex

Yes I do. If the Min Pin is full of energy, he may goad the GSD into chasing him. But for the most part, he just goes off sniffing, marking and looking for something foul to roll in while the Shepherd and I play together.

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12-22-2013 08:58 PM
huntergreen my gsd always played with my two jacks. sounded like they were killing each other. never had an injury or aggressive bite. it will really depend on your current dog as to how they will get along. also, i never leave my dogs alone together. look into crate training for your gsd.
12-22-2013 01:58 PM
Ellex
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Originally Posted by mchcthrn View Post
I have a 15 lb, 9 year old mixed breed dog and a 16 month old GSD. They get along well EXCEPT if they are off-leash out in a field and the little one starts running. The GSD's prey drive kicks in, he locks on, and it is very difficult/impossible to get through to him. We do a lot of training and this is one area that I am mostly just managing for now. They are never together off-leash in a large open space. He is not aggressive, but when he switches into chase mode, it is pretty much impossible to get through to him. I would imagine that I could blast him with an e-collar or some other aversive, but I am choosing to manage the situation instead for now. It is definitely work.

Inside the house they are fine with no real problems.

When he was a little younger, I took him sheep herding a few times. It was very similar. He got whacked on the head hard about 20 times by the trainer and it didn't really have an effect. He was totally oblivious and kept chasing until he was stopped with the leash. After that, we stopped going to sheep herding. We do a lot of impulse control work and proofing of recalls, stay, etc.

At this stage, I don't trust him off-leash with any dogs under 20 lbs.
Do all or most GSD do this off leash? I take Ashton to off leash areas often (he's usually alone when i do that, just to avoid anything) but Ashton and the cat run around the house like crazy! they chase each other all the time, rest, and then go right back to it. Do you think if the GSD is raised with both of them running around he or she would be okay with running round with him in an open area? Even though i probably wouldn't have both of them running together just to avoid accidental stepping but just in case we decide to try it.... And thank you so much for this post, i honestly didn't ever think about that. I know every breed has that prey drive (Ash is a hunter so he goes crazy if he sees anything he want to catch) but i just assumed the GSD would know its him.
12-22-2013 01:44 PM
Ellex
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I was worried about this as well before I got my GSD (It's the main reason why I joined this forum). I have a 10 lb 2 year old male Min Pin and an 8 month old 77 lb male GSD. I got the Min Pin at 6 weeks and the Shepherd at 8 weeks.

They aren't best friends, but don't fight. The Min Pin pretty much wants nothing to do with the Shepherd.

The only issue I have is size, so when they are running around and playing I have to take precautions to prevent an inadvertent trampling. The GSD does adjust his play aggression depending on the dog.

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Do you let them run around under close eye in a large area?
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