03-29-2018, 12:37 PM
Join Date: Jan 2018
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New Puppy, Continuing Struggles with Older Dog
My lab/pit mix is just under a year and a half old. He is super high energy, requiring lots of walks and exercise. We recently adopted a Great Pyrenees puppy, she's now around 15-16 weeks old. I feel like my older dog is too high energy for her. He is constantly trying to engage her in play, even when she isn't interested. He's very jealous, and doesn't let her come up on the couch to snuggle. He's downright annoying to her sometimes.
A certain experience has striked me with fear. We took them out to a park to play, and noticing there was nobody there, we let them off leash (this is a trusted area, no cars, not usually any other people or dogs, just lots of open space and ponds to run and swim -- our oldest dog has gone there for his entire life off leash with no problems). All started out well -- little one was following her brother around and they were playing in the grass and the water and having a great time, until my oldest dog got wayyyyy overstimulated and started running around her in circles, barking, growling, almost like play-aggression? He kept running near her so fast and knocked her over a few times, until she was screeching and crying and wouldn't stop even when she was clearly communicating that she was not enjoying what he was doing. It's like she's not high energy enough for him. She then tucked herself in between my legs for the rest of the outing and was no longer enjoying herself.
He doesn't understand when enough is enough, and constantly scares me with his over-energetic behavior.