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Hi!

I brought a new puppy home a few days ago and my a little over 1 y.o. female Yana doesn't want to accept him
For two days she has refused food and sat in her crate. Now she started eating and I really spent lots of time in the yard playing with her and with the puppy.

It looked like she was getting better, she came and sniff the puppy, did a couple of play bows, played keep away with a stick and seemed to be ok and actually having fun. But the moment we got in the house she run after the puppy and started barking and snapping into his face. I said NO and put her in her crate. Poor pup cannot come close to the crate because she's barking and snarling, and the pup starts barking back at her. It's something I haven't expected from Yana, she's a very submissive dog and has never bared her teeth before.

Any advice will be appreciated because I am not going to ruin my 8 weeks old pup. He's very confident and he showed his respect to Yana when they were playing.

Please help!!
 

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can anyone here with behavioral knowledge help this poster? i can only say if the puppy has only been there for a few days it is still a very new situation and you have to protect the puppy (and yana), no matter what. please keep them apart until someone with more experience in behavior replies to your post. your puppy's safety (actually his very life), could depend upon it!

i also notice it appears from your signature line that you have a new baby? is it possible, this has something to do with yana's behavior? it seems like yana has had a few new things/changes in her life recently, she could be reacting to these...

i am concerned for everyone's safety, and hope others reply to your post soon, and that everything's okay in the meantime. please don't trust these dogs together for quite a while.

anyone else here who can help oksana with this?

take care,
 

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i thought it unusual that there were no responses in the time that had passed since the post...especially when i saw the 'please help!' at the end. that explains it!
 

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when we brought our boy home at 9 weeks old we already had a 7 year old Grey Hound. our Grey Hound stayed in the bedroom refusing to have anything to do with the Shep pup. growling at him, snapping at him when he was close. this never bothered the pup. he wouldn't stay away from her. we kept a close eye on them. i would never leave them in a room alone. when the pup went into the bedroom one of us would get him immediately. she would tell him to get away from me but he didn't listen. eventually it worked out. the Shep is always near her. he likes her, hhe takes his paw and touches her and he lays down next to her all of the time. give it some time but watch them. you don't want her to hurt the pup. in due time it will work out. just keep a close eye on them. use the crate when things get to rough and at bed time.
 

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Thank you for your responses! I felt better that my situation wasn't unique and that Yana is not a 'vicious'
dog (I knew that but I was very surprised with her reaction). Anton is the puppy, and I am so glad that we don't have a human baby yet otherwise I would go crazy.

Yana is doing better. She still retreats to her crate and growls at the pup from there, and I supervise every second when they are together and also don't let her boss Anton around.

Sorry for the two threads but I was in panic...
 
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