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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-10-2019, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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Should I get a new pup if current dog is jealous?

Hey everyone! I'm brand new to the forums and hope this thread is in the correct place.

Our dog's pawrents are having another litter (it is the same sire and dam) in about 2 months time (pups are ready in 4 months) and we are interested in another pup.

We currently own a 14 month old female GSD, Lyra (photo attached). She's a gorgeous girl who is very mature and has barely any major behavioural issues - except for one. She is incredibly jealous, or fearful, I'm not sure which. At the dog park, if we pat or give attention to another dog, she will literally put her body between us and stand in their way. She'll sometimes give a little high-pitched yap and sort of snap at the other dog, but has never (ever) bitten or started a fight at the park. She will only do this with dogs, not people. She stays by our side most of the time but otherwise plays really well with other dogs.

We have also looked after 2 seperate dogs, each for 5 days at our home. The first dog (Ziva, a female husky x rottie) is 8 years old and more experienced. Lyra kept doing her jealous thing until Ziva had enough and they engaged in a brief but loud fight. After that, like magic, we could pat and talk to Ziva while Lyra had no problems.

However when we looked after the second dog (Ruby, an almost 2 year old female working line GSD), there was a bit of trouble. Ruby had not been socialised well at all and was very submissive. Lyra took full advantage of this and dominated Ruby completely. When we opened the gate, Lyra literally blocked and stood over Ruby, saying "I am the one who greets them first, NOT you". When Ruby had a toy, Lyra wanted it immediately even if it wasn't hers. They had a couple of quick fights but nothing was resolved. On walks, they were great together, and in general got along nicely - but when the humans were involved, different story! However: Lyra was in heat while Ruby was around! This likely had a significant impact.

So this is why we are a little unsure of adopting another puppy. It will be her full-blooded sibling, will this impact anything? Will a male pup or a female pup work better with our situation? And I know for a fact that when we are at the park, Lyra never gets jealous over other GSD puppies, we can even pick them up and snuggle them and she won't mind.

Any advice is appreciated! Thanks in advance!

(Oh and P.S., Lyra is NOT spayed and is on a raw food diet. We will consider spaying her if a new dog is introduced.)
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At 14 months, your dog is still a puppy.
I would concentrate on her for several years, train, train, train, and when she is a very well behaved adult, then you can start to think about adding another.
And if you do not heed the above advice, at least get a male, not a second female.
Best of luck.
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If you were to get another pup, I would echo the opposite sex advice. I hear this often: "dogs fight for breeding rights; bitches fight for breathing rights."
Some females get along okay with other females and some don't. I noticed both dogs that you watched were female and that could have been part of the issue.

I would move away from her if she started the "jealous" behavior. Mine just come up for pets if another dog is being pet by me. I have two hands, so it's okay.
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1. I'd wait a few years before contemplating another pup (see Sunflowers).

2. I've had several pair of bitches. It's been fine. This was senior bitch in the house with pup being the new bitch. So I'm not all that keen on the opposite sex advise.
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Wait. Let her be the only dog. Think carefully about why you want another dog and if it is worth it. Siblings are likely to have similar traits, and two dogs guarding you from each other won't end well.

Breaking up bitch fights is the worst.
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Unfortunately I'm noticing how a lot of female GSDs are being rehomed because they have SSA. If your female has issues and you want another dog I'd wait until she's older and get a male. Also keep in mind same parents, so you could end up with a dog similar in temperament. So two dogs not good with sharing/other dogs could be bad. Or it could just be this females temperament. The other option could be getting a grown male or dog that she has no issues with, as in has met and got along with. Personally though I'd probably wait till she's closer to 3 than 2.
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You need all your time to work with your adolescent dog. She will be the role model for the new one and it won't be as much fun as you had hoped, unless you have the full day to work with them both, mainly separately.
Enjoy your girl and work on her jealousy, which means that she is resource guarding you and making you her possession like her toys and bowls.
As soon as as she shows these signs, immediately put her on a down stay or leave the room.
I had one like that in the past when I had a group of four dogs and I just did it like that; it worked fast.
For now I would take some Tylenol to get rid of puppy fever.
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