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Old 01-27-2014, 03:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone,

I am a little frustrated that my 11 week old pup and Lab aren't really bonding well. The puppy in the beginning wanted to smell our Lab and play with him - my 6yr old Lab wants nothing to do with him and growls when he is near.

Our puppy keeps coming back for more. Running up to him and trying to follow him etc. My lab is so mellow and friendly with everybody except the pup.

I have been keeping them separated for most of the time - using kitchen gates, crate time, outside etc. But sometimes they need to be walking past each other. I've read to keep them separate....should I be correcting the pup when he goes up to the Lab? Our vet said to let our Lab correct our pup, but he is growling at him even when the pup is just passing by. He is acting kinda "stuck Up"! He is trained and very well behaved, but in this case I find he is being rude.

BTW, they have known each other for about 8 days. I know it's early days but I want to help the process not make it worse. I am feeding them separately and my Lab lets the pup drink his water, so no food issues. (yet?)

I had pictures in my head of my dogs sleeping beside each other snuggled together ;( That's the way my kids hang over my Lab, really hoping my GSD would be the same.

Please help!!
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My male maltipoo and male GSD puppy hit it off from day one. It took two weeks until my grouchy old shih tzu would even acknowledge the puppy lived with us. She did the same thing to the maltipoo when he came to live with us.
Its been almost a year now and my female shih tzu still ignores the GSD and will SOMETIMES growl at him when he smells her. he usually leaves her alone for the most part. She surprises me once in a while, when she will go lay next to him.

What sex are your dogs? oops just saw they are both males. I hope other more experienced people can help out.

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Sorry that I can't be helpful. I have had my pup about 7 months now and my old man shih tzu still hates him. Growls/barks if he even walks in the same room as he. I've resigned myself to the fact that they are NOT going to be amicable as far as my old guy is concerned. I let them stay in the same room (old guy on the couch) if there is no growling/barking, but if Rai Li starts, then he gets put off the couch and on the other side of the baby gate. He hates that but I'm not crating the pup just so he can have the room to himself.
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Sorry that I can't be helpful. I have had my pup about 7 months now and my old man shih tzu still hates him. Growls/barks if he even walks in the same room as he. I've resigned myself to the fact that they are NOT going to be amicable as far as my old guy is concerned. I let them stay in the same room (old guy on the couch) if there is no growling/barking, but if Rai Li starts, then he gets put off the couch and on the other side of the baby gate. He hates that but I'm not crating the pup just so he can have the room to himself.
LOL I agree. My dogs all stay in the same room with me. The maltipoo and GSD in their spot and the old grouchy, but shes my baby, shh tzu in her spot. They respect each other. When im gone Dex is in daycare or if its a few hours hes in his crate while the maltipoo and shih tzu stay together. have you tried hand treating them when they are both in the same room and getting along. All 3 of my dogs will line up and sit for treats. They take turns taking their treat.
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He's 14 years old and hates GSDs apparently. I had one when he was young (young adult) and it put a paw on him. That just infuriated him and he has held a grudge against them ever since. He has a lonnnnng memory.
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When I got my second puppy, my older GSD wanted him dead. She would leap off the couch at him, growl and snap. This lasted about a month. It was very trying.

I started making sure that the puppy was not allowed to harass the older dog. I helped him understand her "words" and redirected him. I also made sure to take my girl out alone for training and walking.

She did settle and they grew very close.

I would also make sure they get structured time together. Walks together around the neighborhood, visits to pet stores, car rides and hikes. So they can bond as a family.

Another thing that helped was when I would do little obedience things, like teaching the pup to "sit" I would do it with both. That way my girl got rewarded by participating.


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I played a retrieving game with them both yesterday and it was funny because the Lab waitted his turn and did not growl at the pup. I also gave them treats. I'm hoping that once we start walking/hiking with our 2 dogs a bond will grow....at least I'm wishing....I thought they would make good playmates but my Lab at the moment prefers people ; (
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I played a retrieving game with them both yesterday and it was funny because the Lab waitted his turn and did not growl at the pup. I also gave them treats. I'm hoping that once we start walking/hiking with our 2 dogs a bond will grow....at least I'm wishing....I thought they would make good playmates but my Lab at the moment prefers people ; (
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Sorry that I can't be helpful. I have had my pup about 7 months now and my old man shih tzu still hates him. Growls/barks if he even walks in the same room as he. I've resigned myself to the fact that they are NOT going to be amicable as far as my old guy is concerned. I let them stay in the same room (old guy on the couch) if there is no growling/barking, but if Rai Li starts, then he gets put off the couch and on the other side of the baby gate. He hates that but I'm not crating the pup just so he can have the room to himself.

...We have a 6 year old female Shih Tzu....She doesn't care for our male GSD...He is around 20 weeks old....Our GSD pup is too rough when trying to play with her and she gets pissed off....They have their moments....Most of the time they ignore each other, sometimes chase each other....Usually it's our GSD chasing her bushy tail....
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should I be correcting the pup when he goes up to the Lab?
Please help!!
No. Do not correct the pup for something they have not learned yet, and until they are a certain age and temperament (opinions very a lot, great point to start researching it will help a lot later on). Otherwise you could be creating a very difficult situation for the future.

Redirection for pup. Gate,crate , and rotate after negative situations.
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