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02-04-2014 06:07 PM
Bear L Hi OP, it'll be good to get a trainer who can teach you how to properly assert yourself and discipline the Pom and not let the Pom do what it was doing or anything else that is unfair to the GSD, and vice versa. As long as one dog is allowed to do that to the other you will unlikely have peace and safety in your house. Both dogs must respect each other, no matter the size and most of all, respect you and trust you to step in for them when needed so they don't need to do that themselves. I've made the mistake of over protecting (or lack of disciplining) my little dog over my GSD till I learned that I must be fair. Once I started disallowing any dogs in the household to act unfairly to the other dogs, I got the peace I wanted, the dogs relaxed and my words now carries weight. The only position or status I elevate is myself.

Here's a good free webinar (mp4 link towards the top of the page) that may help you, even though you're past that initial meet and greet stage. It talks about introduction of multi dog households and how to do it properly. One important point made by the webinar that I practice in my own pack is all dogs must be patient and polite. There is no "alpha" dog in the pack to support or uphold. This is key to a happy household that I've no doubt you can achieve!
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02-04-2014 04:30 PM
my boy diesel so in 24hr of arriving the gsd
has already shaken said pom
this isn't going to end well
02-04-2014 04:20 PM
zyppi Deja vu

Had to laugh a little.

Years ago we had a sweet GSD that was regularly 'attacked' and snapped at on walks be a neighbors dog. Our dog always on lead.

One day, enough was enough and Lily effortlessly caught the little white fury in her jaws just as the dog launched itself at lily's throat,

Dog wasn't hurt... Not even a scratch, but neighbor called animal control. Officer rang our doorbell. Expecting the worst, opened the door. Officer had met with neighbor. She shook her head. She said, "it's always the pampered little dog and their owners causing problem!'

Lily hated every little white dog thereafter.
02-04-2014 04:05 PM
Originally Posted by my boy diesel View Post
shaking the pom was uncalled for the pom did not hurt him
I disagree as well. It sounds like your GSD is a mostly good boy who gave you what he feels was ample time to address the pom's aggression, and when you failed to do that he took matters into his own hands (jaws?). He certainly gave you more time than most dogs would. Pp's gave you excellent advice about the two week shutdown. BOTH dogs are going to need good training. Don't let the little one get away with anything you wouldn't let your big dog do, or the GSD might feel again like he will need to assert himself, this includes things like jumping on the couch or on people. It's easy to forget that little dogs are still dogs, but in a multiple dog household it's necessary to acknowledge that.

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02-04-2014 09:15 AM
Originally Posted by my boy diesel View Post
shaking the pom was uncalled for the pom did not hurt him
I tend to disagree that the shaking was uncalled for, the dog was being antagonized by the pom, and finally blew up and reacted.

OP, Jean gave you some really great advice and I'd take it to heart. The two week shut down is a great way to start implementing rules for your new dog, and give him time to adjust to your home. I would think bringing in a trainer to help you would be the best course of action so that you can make the reintroduction go smoothly and positively and hopefully set the dogs up to get along in the future.
02-03-2014 01:57 PM
my boy diesel even if the small dog barks at the big dog
the big dog has nothing to worry about so imo
shaking the pom was uncalled for the pom did not hurt him
you must control the pom but it is essential to elevate the poms status
for two reasons, one the pom is smaller and very prone to injury
so if the big dog feels elevated in pack status it may indeed feel shaking
the pom was acceptable and can be done at a whim
two the pom has been there longer although only 2 mos(???) longer
oh and a third the pom may be older
either way the pom needs to be kept from doing the barking
but it may always be that way because the small dogs feel vulnerable
around a big dog much how they feel vulnerable around toddlers
separate as everyone said but teach the big dog to give the small dog
its space and respect or the pom may be injured or even killed
02-03-2014 10:10 AM
AlexandriaK I got Max from a couple. They had the mother and father and 3 other chihuahuas. He is calm but wasn't dominate at his previous home
02-03-2014 10:09 AM
AlexandriaK This morning she is stuck in my closet. Won't come out
02-03-2014 06:43 AM
JeanKBBMMMAAN No one really put up with anything for too long because this dog was just adopted 2/1. Today is 2/3.

Where did you get Max from? What is his background? You've had the Pom for only 2 months? What is her background and exposure to dogs?

For right now these dogs, given your knowledge of them and what has transpired, should not be together until you bring a good, positive based trainer in. Crate, rotate. Feed separately and crated goes without saying but I am saying it anyway.

Max needs a shut down to help him out:

Walks will be a good thing in the future. It is too chaotic there - think sensory overload for both dogs - to deal with anything right now.

Since they will be separated you don't need to worry about carrying her past him - but that seems to increase interest - my cat on the floor, no big deal, me carrying the cat, and everyone is all up in our business.

From here on out - before you do anything - take a dog out to potty, give a treat, ask is this setting the dogs up to succeed. But for now keep them apart, and safe, get a trainer - here are 2 --->.
02-03-2014 03:46 AM
Harry and Lola Poor Max, he tried really hard and put up with the Pom's aggressiveness for quite some time. Yes, he had enough. It is important the Pom realises that Max is part of the pack and he will not hurt her so long as she behaves properly. If the Pom continues to push Max and it happen again, do as you did - separate them but DO NOT cuddle and make a fuss of the Pom or Max. Separate them, put them both on lead and treat each one the same. If you make a fuss of the Pom after Max has told her off, then she will keep doing this as she gets rewarded with owners attention after making Max react.

Also, I am a firm believer in walking together, dogs that generally walk together - bond together, so keep persevering with your walks and don't put up with any bad manners from either of them - tell them it is 'walking time' and just keep moving forward.
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