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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-14-2012, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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TROUBLE what to do?

Well for all my boasting about how well it was going with Izzy and the new puppy...things have taken a turn for the worse.

First week the 8 month old was totally ignored...second week some, growling, nipping, running around and playing (somewhat, to a concerned mother, a little much). Although the puppy always came back to play and was really the aggresive one! Things seemed to settle down somewhat but.........this week Izzy is getting really aggravated with the little one....pins her down and does not let her get away...puppy is yipping and howling, but Izzy is evidently determined to teach her to stop pulling on her hair and jumping on her back.

This happens more often in the yard where the puppy has no place to hide...but also happens in the house intermittently. Should I stop it or just let Izzy teach this rowdy youngster some manners. I don't want her to get hurt and certainly don't want my usually mild mannered Izzy to turn into a monster.

Any and all suggestions would be appreciated....thanks.

Still don't have a name for the puppy...family has given me till Wednesday to decide!
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Gosh...when I look at these pictures Izzy looks SAD and the new puppy looks ticked off...although I guess they were good pictures for my trouble post.... Have to get the smiles back on those beautiful little faces!
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what you're describing is typical. I went through it with each addition, till they all learned the ropes. It usually looks much more frightening than it is. I do remember telling the older ones, "be careful, he/she is just a baby." It didn't take too long before the hierarchy was established and they were playing, running and sleeping together.

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If the puppy is relentless and is ignoring Izzy's requests to be left alone then the puppy is at fault; take the puppy away until both dogs settle down. If Izzy is the aggresser then you need to step in with a command to be "gentle" and a little correction until they settle.

My dogs did this for the first week until the hierarchy was set. Unfortunately for my big dog, the puppy seems to be the boss!!! You should see my 60 lb dog lying on her back and crying because the 8lb puppy has her toy and wont' give it back!!!
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If the puppy is relentless and is ignoring Izzy's requests to be left alone then the puppy is at fault; take the puppy away until both dogs settle down. If Izzy is the aggresser then you need to step in with a command to be "gentle" and a little correction until they settle.

My dogs did this for the first week until the hierarchy was set. Unfortunately for my big dog, the puppy seems to be the boss!!! You should see my 60 lb dog lying on her back and crying because the 8lb puppy has her toy and wont' give it back!!!
This is definitely the 4 lb. one bullying the 15 lb. one. Who would have thought such a thing! Especially with your two being so different in size.

Made me feel better that this is somewhat normal behavior but will implement all these good suggestions. Thanks
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Been there for sure! It was terrible! Scared me to death. Lots of times, Dexter would get on sofa to get out of way. It was rough for a few weeks. Hang in there. When it was too much for me...I said Eh! Eh! and stepped in between the two.



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I agree that it is really not a big deal. I thought for sure that Rosie was going to kill Josie Wales the kitten outlaw, lots of hissing and growling. But they are best buds. All dogs (and I think all animals) establish a "pecking order" and then they are best friends.

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Very natural but scary sometimes!!! Our two have worked it out and "Princess" Abby is top dog around here! She does let McGee run out the door first, though.

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yeah I would let them work it out. So long as they both have good bite inhibition , things should work their way out. Here's something on real fighting. http://www.dogstardaily.com/training/fighting-0 We can't underestimate the importance of good bite inhibition. Even with small dogs. VERY IMPORTANT.

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yeah I would let them work it out. So long as they both have good bite inhibition , things should work their way out. Here's something on real fighting. http://www.dogstardaily.com/training/fighting-0 We can't underestimate the importance of good bite inhibition. Even with small dogs. VERY IMPORTANT.
Well all I can say is that this Dave person is just a wealth of information....you have an excellent article for each situation! If there is an award for helpful I nominate DAVE!

You all seem to agree that I should just relax and realize all is normal in our household...so thanks again to all.

PS. No blood or injuries have materialized and they do lay down together after a while.
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