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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-15-2010, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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how to teach be nice to puppy

I have an 8.5 year old female, just got puppy who is now 13 weeks old. Have had Jackson now for 2 weeks. Have had Codi for 8. 5 years basically.. Today Codi was playing a little rough with puppy, and made him cry couple times. She doesn't realize just how big and powerful she really is. She is like that with little kids too, she loves them, plays with them, but doesnt realize she is stepping on them and hurting them.
At our GSD club, the trainers said to basically let them play and work out their own stuff-however I don't want puppy to end up afraid of Codi. And tonight Jackson is a little reluctant to come around Codi now. They been playing fine up until today. Puppy usually initiates the play, but will submit immediately, but they still bite and play. Codi just gets a little rough.

Any suggestions? I don't let them play without one of us right there, but puppy can't run the run without Codi running and tackling him. Just some guidance and sugggestions would be nice...

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Personally I would keep them separated for off lead free play until Jackson gains a little more size. That's what I do with my dogs. They grow so fast that it's only a couple of months.

You can still walk them together, do obedience together, I will also play offlead with my older dog while puppy runs around, but keep the big dog focused on me not the puppy, but restrict the dog on dog romping until puppy has more mass to be able to handle the rough play without being hurt.

Generally 5 months is when I stop worrying so much about puppy getting hurt.


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That sounds like what we should do.. They just have been playing so nice and cute the last 2 weeks, and it was so hot here, that is was nice for them to play indoors to tire eachother out.. But, not sure what Codi's deal was today.
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Also if you can teach Codi to leave it...when the puppy runs you might be able to call her off so she doesn't level him.

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Do you think that Codi will get resentful? We are doing are very best to give the same amount of attention to both. Treat wise, walks, and everything else. The only difference is we take baby to puppy class on Sundays. Codi is not thrilled that we leave without her.. But, can't take her with right now..

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Usually it's the other way around and the new puppy torments the older dog.

I keep puppy interaction with other dogs limited when a new guy comes home. After that I keep a drag leash on the puppy as a sort of handle for when they bother the old dogs.

Since you have the old dog tackling the puppy, maybe you put the drag line on the older dog until she learns.
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What JKlatztsy said...Uschi was 5 mos when I got Stosh when he was 2 mos. I had to supervise play by having Uschi on a lead, eventually let her off more and more until Stosh was closing in on 5 mos. Funny, when I brought them to obedience school at the same time and let them romp around the grounds together they were completely different than they were at home. They really worked it out by themselves, even though there was lots of snarling and a few yelps here and there.
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Well, 95% of the time they play well, and its really cute, and puppy will go after Codi-but Codi will turn around and just floor pup.. And he will CRY.. and that is what i am scared of. I don't want puppy to end up afraid. And tonight he was a little afraid to come in the house with Codi sitting by the door.
So, I appreciate your input. Just trying to do it right, but puppy is the aggravater, he is just too little for Codi right now.. lol

And don't want Codi or puppy resentful...The trainers at the club said eventually they will work things out, as long as puppy doesn't get to the point of not wanting to go into the same room as Codi..

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