Originally Posted by imanon
I have a full grown about 4 y/o male Wolf mix.
He was trained heavily... he's always been a very submissive dog as I wanted to make sure he was due to his breed.
he is pretty much a perfect dog, walks perfect off and on leash, listens to all commands, etc.
We recently adopted a female Beagle... (around 1-2 years old). She lives in our place with us. My male [hybrid] was very interested when we got her but... got used to her and now they're perfect together.
our friend's dog recently had puppies and we [took one] - 7-WO male husky mix.
We got the puppy about 2 days ago. ... The Beagle ...was great with him instantly.
Our big dog is super scared of the puppy... pretty much bolts ... whenever the puppy walks over to him or tries to play. ... when the puppy initiates, he's scared. Not like shaking... just keeps his space.
... at night I can't be as vigilant as the puppy wakes up sometimes & wants to play with our big dog and since I'm sleeping, I can't do much.
last night the puppy went over & scared him while he was sleeping. Our big dog gave a little bark and a small growl as he walked away.
...I've heard the Beagle give little warning growls, but our [4-YO hybrid] has never growled at anything in his life.
I didn't even know he knew how to growl or do anything other than roll over on his back around other more dominant dogs.
Should I be worried?
I don't think he'd EVER do anything to the puppy, but at the end of the day, they're dogs.
U have a puppy who's 5-weeks short of having a working sphincter on his bladder & his bowel, & U don't have a crate?
That's over a MONTH of scheduling ahead; as he's now 7-WO, he can currently only go TWO HOURS between scheduled potty-trips, plus an added trip every time a trigger occurs.
- wake from sleep [nap, overnite, anytime]
- after a meal or any large drink
- any exciting event [someone wakes up & enters the room, a delivery, a visitor...]
- after active play [5-mins of chasing a toy, out to pee...].
The rule for scheduling a pup is, Age in Months + 1 = Max # of hours between potty trips.
Re the pup & the hybrid -
I'm guessing the 4-YO is intact?, as he was "very interested" in the F Beagle when she arrived.
I'd neuter him immediately, if he's still intact. It's not a silver bullet, but it does decrease aggression.
2, I'd get a crate for the puppy - a proper airline-approved shipping kennel, & the pup would be in it, within arm's reach of me in bed, every night.
When i housetrain, the crate doubles as my nightstand; the bedside lamp, my current book, the leash, the collar, some shelf-stable tidbits, are all on the crate roof.
3, i'd set my alarm for 3-AM every night from now until the pup is about 15-WO.
I'd get up & put a coat or robe over my PJs, slip on shoes or boots, pick up the leash, collar, & goodies, open the crate, & PICK UP THE PUPPY & CARRY the pup outside, then put on collar, clip on leash, & set Pup down in a likely spot that he's used as a toilet B4.
Then i wait... in a minute or less, there should be pee. // Praise warmly & quietly, give a tidbit or 2 on the spot, as soon as he rises from his squat
, & go back indoors.
Lead the pup to the bedroom, close the bedroom door, crate the pup, doff the coat & kick off the shoes, go back to bed.
Elapsed time, under 10-minutes; clean dry pup, clean dry crate, no drama.
I would never leave a puppy, or indeed any dog of any age
, including a healthy young-adult dog, with a wolf-hybrid of any age, UNSUPERVISED. I'd want to monitor every interaction - but then again, i wouldn't own a wolf-hybrid.
Hybrids are neither fish nor fowl; they belong nowhere, they can't be set free, they don't do well as house-pets, the vast majority are insanely destructive, they often don't want to meet or deal with non-family humans; they will bite with force over petty things, that dogs take in stride [being interrupted or restrained or re-directed; EX, the hybrid wants Ur breakfast, & U put an arm across to block his nose from Ur plate; U may be badly bitten].