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Gunner is such a good dog we’ve been working on training him. We do daily walks he knows sit stay and shake. He’s on the verge of 3 months old . We have two other older dogs a 1 1/2 and another 2 year old dog. They are gentle with him and they all play and get along . Today we took gunner over to meet another puppy . It was a 8 week old pit bull puppy and it was smaller then gunner . Gunner was scared of him at first and wanted nothing to do with him then he looked like he was warming up and then they stared growling at each other and the puppy was trying to nip him and gunner snapped at him , it wasn’t a playful growl bark. I was shocked . Gunner has never been like this with our dogs and is great with peopl. How do I help this or stop this. What might have caused this.
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Since he was scared at first, it looks to me like he is not used to other pups. I would consider puppy classes if possible. Otherwise, I saw trainers recommend this baby step approach - keeping the focus of Gunner on you instead on another puppy when you see first signs of anxiety. Then, gradually let them get closer and when you notice your pup is comfortable enough, I would try letting them play. Socialising is very important at this age, so it is perfect time to practise this.

I am by no means an expert, this is just what I would do in this situation. If someone else has better advice, I also would love to hear it.
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Chances are that at 8 wks of age the smaller puppy has not been around any puppies other than his littermates, so he felt threatened by your bigger, older puppy. Gunner is a bit older, so he got over his fear sooner than the younger puppy and started to investigate. When Gunner came too close, the younger puppy felt threatened and tried to scare him away...Gunner responded to his growls and nips by snapping back.

One way to avoid this situation, would be to keep the puppies on a leash and have each owner interact with their puppy separately, but in the same vicinity. Even when they're not looking at or paying attention to each other, they are fully aware of each other's presence. Give them ample time to get used to this other creature's smells, and sounds, and movements. Once they've been around each other for awhile and seem totally at ease they'll start getting curious. Because the 2 puppies are different ages, pay particular attention to the younger puppy for signs of ease and curiosity, and then let them briefly check each other out before going back to engaging them separately as before. Rinse and repeat until they are used to each other.

The main thing is BOTH puppies have to feel comfortable with the interaction. If you give them ample time to acclimate to this new thing, they should be fine.

Good Luck, and congratulations on the new puppy!

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog. Mark Twain

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