Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Bristol, TN (Yes, where the race track is)
We have a 9 year old (last November) purebred/non-registered, female (spayed) Basset Hound named Daisy. She was a birthday present for my son, and we brought her home when she was 10 weeks old. She tripped over her own ears for the first six months.
On the first day we brought Ranger home, I thought for sure that he would establish dominance, due to his gender and physical size. He is already much taller than Daisy, but the Basset has him by about 25 pounds (60 +/- pounds to his 35 pounds). I misjudged both dogs' abilities to determine age and respect for elders. Daisy established dominance in the first few hours.
Over the next several days she would growl and snarl at Ranger if he got close. She even gave him at least two "bites" on the neck. I somewhat understand the "language," and realize there was no intention to cause physical harm, though. I do not get between the two of them. They have to work it out on their own. The adult BH has to teach the young GSD what is acceptable and what is not in our "pack."
A week into this, Ranger still attempts to play, but usually Daisy wants nothing to do with it. Although, I have seen them sharing a long rope tug a few times. It's neat to watch Ranger follow Daisy all over the back yard for 30 minutes, then come back to the porch and guard her.
We also have a 7 year old, domestic long hair cat. She is so easy going that she barely wakes up when Ranger's nose is two inches away and he is barking up a storm at her. The cat has hissed a few times, but never swatted. I really wish she had, because it would have made my work much easier. A good swat or two with those claws on his puppy nose would have gotten the point across quickly.
Instead, I have made up several rattle bottles (with the aid of my 2 year old daughter) and placed them throughout the house. Now when we see Ranger bothering the cat, or doing anything else that is unacceptable, we just give one of the bottles a shake and he stops immediately. Well, almost immediately. Sometimes we have to be a little more stern with the rattle when his attention is on the cat.
Ranger - 10/14/12