All, thank you for taking the time to read this and helping us out. I have a situation that is causing considerable stress to me and my wife and would appreciate some help.
We had one dog till a couple of days back (Beagle 1 - medium size 10 month pup). We wanted a second dog and adopted another (Beagle 2 - large size 9 month pup) a couple of days back. The dogs are very well natured and there are no behavior problems. They get along with each other fine.
Unfortunately the same day Beagle 2 came, Beagle 1 sprained his ankle in an unrelated incident. The Vet said that though there were no broken bones, care should be taken so Beagle 1 does not jump around and put pressure on his ankle.
Now as we all know, the two dogs are in the "pack order decision" phase. They playfully fight a lot to find out who the dominant alpha dog will be. We would not have interfered in this playful fighting if it was not for the sprained ankle.
MY QUESTION : I wanted to ask all of you for advice on what I should be doing. Will it be very detrimental if I keep pulling the dogs away from each other for the next 2-3 weeks till the ankle is fully healed? More importantly, can I do anything that would make them jump on each other to a lesser extent? Will leashing the dogs at home add behavioral problems?
What I do currently is to exercise Beagle 2 a lot so he is quite exhausted to play with Beagle 1. I have taken away most of their toys because they worsen the situation.
Anything else I can do? Any tips would be appreciated!
Varun & Menaka