Greetings from North Carolina. We live in the country on quite a bit of land (or so it seems when chasing a puppy), and we have had two Shelties from the time they were puppies. Both males. One is ten and the other is about nine years old. They pretty much think they're the same dog and have always gotten along beautifully. The younger one is, to my mind, more "collie like." He is more standoffish and he is loving, but doesn't much like other people or other dogs. The other one is a sweetheart with the family, but doesn't much like anyone else, although he will give in if he has no choice. We decided to get a Westie puppy because we've always wanted one, and also because "the boys" are getting older. I guess he's our "gap dog." He gave the older dogs no choice from Day One as to whether they were going to relate to him: he is a typical Westie, fearless and plucky. The older Sheltie saw which side his bread was buttered on and made friends quickly, and the two play together all the time. He puts the little guy in his place as necessary, and we don't interfere. None of them has ever been mean or violent with each other. Now, the other Sheltie is kind of....annoyed with us for bringing this little guy into his settled world. He has pretty bad arthritis, and we don't ask much of him, and have let them alone to work it out. So far, things have been okay, but there is a definite feeling that he is jealous and not too happy. Plus, his "brother," who has always played with him, now likes to play with the puppy.
So this is where I'm going with all this: today, the jealous Sheltie has had several "accidents," two at the door where we take them out, and one among the Westie's puppy toys scattered all over the living room. Yuck. Now, he could have snuck off and eaten something weird, because he does manage to get away with that occasionally. But maybe--could this be a jealousy thing? We've had the pup for over a month now, with no real incidents, but we went away for the weekend and took the puppy with us. My daughter, who dogsat, said that this Sheltie seemed relieved that the puppy was gone...and now, of course, he's back, and this incident has happened. So that's my question: is he expressing his annoyance, or is this just an accident? He has had "accidents" like this several times over the years, but never on a regular basis. The Westie is doing great with his crate training, and this does NOT set a good example. Any suggestions? Thanks!