08-02-2016, 10:24 AM
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Stouffville, Ontario, Canada, Earth, Milky Way Galaxy
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It's possible she is just saying, 'back off buddy, I'm resting' in a typical canine way. What does your 8 year old dog do in response?
Have you watched this play out without interfering (correcting her)?
Dogs talking to dogs often communicate quite well together, but it should play out like this, dog lying down doesn't want an interaction, dog may glare, stare, growl, snap, the other dog (if everyone is getting along) will give the lying down dog a 'whoa, that's cool' look/signal/ and walk away.
Your new girl may just be establishing some boundaries (like, hey, don't get so close when I'm resting) and that boundary might shrink in time as she feels safer anyway.
If there is a lot of tension, some resting time/space away from your other dog may be appreciated--help her settle in.
How your resident dog deals with it is pretty important; is there a reason you think the new girl will actually bite? If so, you will need a safety plan.
If you're not sure, see if you can find some videos of dogs having normal peaceful interactions together, especially ones that include snarls and snaps.
I don't think you should be correcting your new girl at all in this situation. She's feeling insecure and unsafe, and trying to make herself safe. If you really think she will bite, you'll need to keep them physically separated, leash, another room. She could be just really nervous being in a new situation and needs some settle down time before she can act her normal self.
In the meantime, protect her from situations that may cause her to 'act out', so she can just get her bearings.
It's like being dumped into a new job, new school, amidst strangers. It's not easy to be a new dog.
Hope that helps.