|07-11-2014 02:58 PM|
My GSD tries to bully my old black lab, he is very jealous and possessive. I have to be swift and vigilant when he attempts this behavior. If my lab is on the bed or couch with me and he tries to flea bite squeeze in, he is immediately made to lay on the floor next to the couch or bed. I don't allow that behavior at all between them. My lab is about 14 yrs old and now has a degenerative eye illness and arthritis (just like me). She deserves to live out her senior yrs without being bullied.
The good thing about bruiser (GSD) is he is also very protective and pack oriented and would never let anything happen to my lab stella. He actually adores her. I love them both with all my heart
|07-11-2014 01:42 PM|
|wolfy dog||Update: after playing these games several times, he is a changed dog!! He fetches reliably, not trying to outsmart me anymore and biddable. This is the dog I wanted to see. Thanks for all the tips! But I am keeping in mind that he still has to go a long way towards adulthood. But at least I am having fun with him now!|
|07-11-2014 12:11 PM|
|07-10-2014 03:16 PM|
|wolfy dog||Another fun game: put all his toys in a bucket and let him fetch them one after the other.|
|07-10-2014 06:53 AM|
OP, I've an elderly tabby cat here and a 2 year old intact GSD who spent the ENTIRE first year of his life obsessed with the cat to the point of driving us all up the walls. Fast forward a year and neither he or the cat have any real interest in each other. I found that concentrating on Archer's love of games while the cat was present was really helpful, he'd ditch bothering that cat in a second for a game. It also helped that our cat is a smart little bugger and never ran when he was charged- which frankly, citing size disparity - is really brave of him.
Either way, with training and controlled exposure your dog and smaller dog will find a way to co-exist in harmony, I'm sure of it. Check out photo I took recently of cat strolling under Archer's belly as evidence
|07-09-2014 10:34 PM|
|07-09-2014 02:35 PM|
I have a high drive Lacy (2 years old now). I call him my crack puppy. When he is focused on something, he is intense.
I have an older (rescue) Mini Dachshund. She rarely plays. She likes to be a total 100% lap dog.
My Lacy has a fixation on the Doxie. It's her reaction that has him hooked. When she tries to correct him for being pushy, she squeals. He simply can't get enough of her. He is pushy 24/7 with her. Even when they pass eachother through the doorway (him out / her in or visa versa) he fixates on her and forgets what he was doing.
I have to manage them every moment of the day. He doesn't hurt her -nor is he aggressive towards her, he just pokes and prods and lays on her. He wants her to squeal.
What I'm doing now, it re-directing him when it comes to the doxie. I set aside a specific amount of time every day to work on this. I 'm curious if I can teach him not to fixate on her. During this time I'll have her on my lap (so I can control him and that is where she wants to be anyway). When he focuses on her and I tell him to "leave it" and then I say "Bring it!". I want him to bring me a toy. I'll play fetch with him with one hand, while I protect her with the other.
I've been doing this for less than a month now. We started where he couldn't focus on my command long enough to actually bring me a toy. Now when I have them together and put her on my lap, he brings a toy. He will leave long enough to fetch it and bring it back. He still trys to shove the toy down her throat when he returns, but we are working on that step now.
This might sound like a silly thing to do - take so long to teach something. But if you could see how difficult it is for him to break that over the top fixation he has long enough to fetch the toy - I am very proud of where he is at now. And it has increased his drive in playing fetch. I now use the same toy as a reward in Agility, where before it was treats.
|07-09-2014 02:13 PM|
I played that game this morning. He immediately outsmarted me by getting hold of both; lesson one.
I didn't get a chance to fix these tug toys with a piece of rope but I am going to. His intensity was high and there were a few close calls regarding hitting my hands; lesson two.
Also make sure you have equally interesting toys as he taught me that it is easier to let the second choice toy go than the first choice; lesson three. hen I walked over with a treat he willing let go of the toys. Good boy, D!
I think I played it about 10 minutes and he is toast. I loved this game; lots of thinking, interaction and plain fun for both of us. But watch those teeth!
|07-09-2014 01:25 AM|
|07-09-2014 01:13 AM|
|Juliem24||MaryBeth, that just makes so much sense to me (your description of the fake fight over the deer carcass). I'm sure that I can find at least one or two things Rudy the Rude could learn from that exercise ...thanks, I learned something valuable from this whole discussion...every post was enlightening. When adolescent dogs and pre-teen kids act up in this home, they're usually in NILIF, but when you add in a game too, they could learn a lot more from it. Kinda like when I'm coaching basketball, I make em go harder at each other when I'm aggravated with them...within the game.|
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