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Old 08-08-2018, 02:10 PM
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Older dog aggressive to puppy

Hi everybody!

So, I just got a new pup on Saturday. She's got a great temperament, and is super playful. My older dog though, not so much...

When my puppy tries to initiate play, my older dog snarls at her. My puppy isn't throwing her paws on her, or tackling her, just doing the play position or trying to lick her. My older dog only wants to play on her terms, and snarls at the puppy every other chance. My family and I are making sure we're still giving her attention, so she doesn't feel like her place is threatened. She has her own food and water, her own bed, etc.

Any advice on how to stop this? If you need any more information just ask.

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You've just brought a new pup in a home where another dog has lived his entire life alone. It is completely normal for the older dog to be reluctant to establish a connection with the puppy.
On the other hand, pups are usually a bit stressful for older dogs.

If I were you, I would wait at least 3 weeks to 'normalize' the situation. During the process, I also suggest separating them during the moments where the older dog is clearily uncomfortable, by that you will let them both have their own space.

Let us know how everything goes!!
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You've just brought a new pup in a home where another dog has lived his entire life alone. It is completely normal for the older dog to be reluctant to establish a connection with the puppy.
On the other hand, pups are usually a bit stressful for older dogs.

If I were you, I would wait at least 3 weeks to 'normalize' the situation. During the process, I also suggest separating them during the moments where the older dog is clearily uncomfortable, by that you will let them both have their own space.

Let us know how everything goes!!
My dog hasn't lived her entire life alone. We lost one of our dogs a few months ago, who was here before the aggressive dog in question.

We've been trying to do that, if my pup is getting too pushy we separate them, but my older dog won't even let her come near without growling.

I'll try to keep this updated!!

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My dog hasn't lived her entire life alone. We lost one of our dogs a few months ago, who was here before the aggressive dog in question.

We've been trying to do that, if my pup is getting too pushy we separate them, but my older dog won't even let her come near without growling.

I'll try to keep this updated!!

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In that case, I would as well wait a few weeks to let everything stabilize.

Always give their food separated, and attention equally to both of them. Apart from that, both dogs will learn to know each other and to tolerate each other better with time.

It is normal to have some disputes, but I wouldn't intervene unless it triggers into something more serious. The pup needs to learn to respect the older dog.
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In that case, I would as well wait a few weeks to let everything stabilize.

Always give their food separated, and attention equally to both of them. Apart from that, both dogs will learn to know each other and to tolerate each other better with time.

It is normal to have some disputes, but I wouldn't intervene unless it triggers into something more serious. The pup needs to learn to respect the older dog.
Alright. I'll just wait it out and keep doing what I'm doing then.

Nothing has gotten serious thankfully, so far so good.

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You know what it would really take time for them to get together. You can't force your older dog to like your new puppy as easy as that. Time will really come that both of them will be comfortable to each other. God bless!
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It's what happened to my two as well. My old dog just did NOT want to play and wanted the puppy to leave him alone. I just watched them like a hawk for the first weeks, obviously the puppy was crated when we were away, and he ended up snapping at her a few times, but she eventually got the message.


It's been over a year now and we haven't had any issue with them in 10 months, honestly. They get along fine, just don't really play together (that's why I'm trying to get another puppy, because my young one wants to play).
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