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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-15-2019, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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New Puppy Concerns

Hi to this forum..first time owner of pure breed German Shepherd Puppy (9 week female) (we previously owned a shepherd coonhound mix.). We currently have an older male beagle basset who has been intimidating the puppy and are concerned that it will effect her behavior.

We are encouraged that they can be around each other without issue at times. We take them on walks together, they go outside together, they can even play in the same room together. There is no issue when either of them eats. They even lie down near each other

However we notice times where the older one gets jealous of the younger puppy playing with one of us and he is not in the mood to play to. He will low growl and puppy will cower and stop playing and leave the room. We worry that she will stop playing because the older dog is bullying her.

It’s only been one week and it’s completely stressing me out. I am hoping we did not make the wrong decision.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-15-2019, 07:35 PM
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You did not make the wrong decision. Can you crate and separate the puppy from the older dog? A small dog might actually be afraid of a large, rambunctious puppy. Has the puppy hurt the older dog in play? Dogs can be possessive but there are ways to prevent that.
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You are the guardian of the puppy. Go to and read the free articles about pack structure, being your pups leader..just tons of free info. And great to purchase training videos. Forrest Micke, student of Micheal Ellis, explains things in an easier to understand way. If you are not used to marker based balanced training. Do not let the older dog dominate your pup. Make sure the pup spends time in either it's crate or a wire exercise pen to give the older dog a break and to spend time with just him. Both of their worlds have been turned upside down.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-15-2019, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone. The puppy hasn’t really hurt the older dog I think just annoyed him..she really is a laid back pup and keeps her distance when she feels it’s necessary. We leave her crate open for her to go into on her own or when we find her sleeping during the day and only close her in at night to sleep in a separate room from the older dog. We do separate and together play time and shower the old guy with love! (Of course the puppy gets lots of love too). I truly think he is just a grumpy old man. I just don’t want her to be affected by that.

I will definitely check into those resources!
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