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Old 09-08-2017, 03:39 PM
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New dog attacks old dog only when I am around...need training tips!

We just adopted a new dog though the springer spaniel rescue that is 8 years old. We do not know much about her background other then she was brought in to the shelter 3 times, her original owner came back to her the first two times but not the third.

Over all she is very sweet but whenever I am sitting with her and my older dog (a 13 year old springer spaniel who I have owned for 12 years) wanders over to get pet by me she growls at him and will attack him if I do not interfere. Last night she attacked him pretty badly and made him bleed.

This does not happen with my husband or any one else. The two dogs get along when we are gone( we have cameras and they even cuddle sometimes) and they are even okay when I am on walks with them. The new dog did try attacking a random dog on a walk that came up to sniff me too. I seem to be the common denominator in all of the situations. It seems like she has become possessive over me and likes to keep other dogs away.

I am looking for some tips on how to better handle this situation. It does not seem fair to my old dog that he can not get any attention from me when she is there with out getting hurt. Any suggestions?
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I would suggest getting a qualified trainer involved, probably sooner rather than later.
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Lightbulb separate when home solo; I'd tether the newbie.

How long have U had her?

I would strongly urge separating them when U're not home; a remote camera when she decides to chew on him won't be much practical help, & U can't save him from injury when U're at work.
She seems quite dog-aggro, & the honeymoon period is brief - she'll reveal her true colors soon, & i don't think they'll be pretty.

Tethering her in the room where everyone is - so that she can't interfere with the old boy, but she's not solo in another room - is a simple Mgmt solution, & doesn't cost much.

Tethered to Success | Kerry Blue Terrier Foundation

Any big-box hardware store can make-up a bike-cable to a custom length; 15 to 18-inches of free cable, depending upon whether U use standard swivel spring-clips, or separate swivels with DOUBLE-ENDED spring-clips [which are longer], should be fine.
Either screw an eye-bolt into the baseboard & clip the cable to the eyebolt, or take a 2-ft hunk of 2x4 & screw the eyebolt into the 'wide' side midway-down.

the 2x4 version is portable; insert the wood anchor behind any door, run the cable beneath the door, CLOSE the door, & clip the free end to the dog's buckle collar / martingale / the chest of a Y-harness.
Any door can now become a station for the dog; take her room to room, floor to floor.

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