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Old 06-19-2019, 09:38 AM
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5month old dog keeps picking up older smaller dog her neck

We just adopted a now 5 month old female Husky/german (Blue) Shepard mix who's about 40lbs and we've noticed some issues with our her and our almost 5 `year` old Basenji (Nani) who's 14lbs. They seem to get along quite find and seemed to be playing well until yesterday.

Yesterday, the husky (Blue), picked up the basenji (Nani) by the scruff of her neck and Nani yelped pretty loudly while she was being held and we had to physically correct her for her to let go of Nani. Once Blue let go of Nani, Nani ran towards to back door to the yard (as if she wanted to get out), sat down and was shaking.

This again happened this morning as well...

I'm not sure if this is just Blue not knowing when her playing style goes too far or if this is something else, but this is quite scary for us as we're afraid that this could turn extremely dangerous and not end well for the younger dog.

Any help would be greatly appreciated it!
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The pup is only 5 months old, so he just does not know yet how to appropriately behave/play with this much smaller senior dog.

I'd keep them separated with baby gates and only allow them together when you can supervise. The senior dog will be more relaxed not having to fear the pup's nearness. It is so very important that they both have good experiences with each other. Especially in those first few weeks.

Make sure the pup is well exercised before they have playtime together. He will be less excited and quite happy being tired out from the exercise. You best have the pup on a loose leash so you can pull him back easily should he become too rambunctious. And as soon as he gets too worked up, then playtime should end. He will learn that only a calm behavior allows him to be together with the senior dog.
It might also be a good idea to actively play with them. You can play fetch, or tug of war with them, that way you control their interactions.

Teach your pup the sit command, and down command, so you can also verbally stop him from becoming a danger to the senior dog.
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