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Old 02-27-2015, 05:47 AM
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My dog hates my puppy

Hey guys, im new here! I have a 3 year old, female corgi/lab mix named Roo. We've had her for about 4 months and she has been a blessing. She's never peed or pooped inside, never growls, is very loving and LOVES cuddling. A few days ago, we brought home a 3 month old, female otterhound/beagle puppy. We figured since Roo is so nice, shed love a puppy. We were wrong. If the puppy even looks at her she starts growling. The puppy, being a puppy, just loves to try and play with her, but she snaps at ther. And roo knows she shouldnt because she gets all guilty. If we are petting roo and pretzel at thr same time, roo gets really mean. Id understand if it was just when she was sleeping or eating but she wont go near the pup. What should i do? I was going to call a dog trainer but i dont know if it will help. Any advice is welcome!
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Old 02-27-2015, 01:23 PM
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My hound did not like the puppy either. It took 3 months before he would even look at her. Now they are best buds. It may take time for the two to get to now each other. They may never like each other but you can teach them to coexist. Sound like you have some Resource Guarding going on check out the sticky.
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Hi welcome to the forum! The forum has a sticky on multiple household pets, including how to introduce them. One is the loneliest number...

I would definitely check there and read up on them, especially on how to introduce them and what you can do to help them get accustom to each other. Does Roo normally play well with other dogs? It's very common for dogs not to like puppies. Puppies have yet to learn correct manners. I would keep them separate for now, especially when unsupervised. Make sure Roo has an escape place where she can't be bothered by the puppy. Allow short-supervised play between the two, and step in when you think things are out of hand. It usually takes few weeks to a couple of months for dogs to settle in.
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Roo doesn't feel guilty, dogs don't know what guilt is. She might be responding to your tone of voice, without any idea of what you might be upset about, and offering appeasement signals - which most people interpret as guilt. From her canine perspective, she has every right to ignore the puppy and warn him away; if you try to force the relationship, you'll only confuse her and make the situation more difficult for both of them. That she hasn't actually bitten him is definitely a good sign.

I got 5-month-old Boone when Tara was about two years old and she was NOT impressed, though he longed to play with her and make friends. It took two years for Tara to finally decide that she would play with Boone; by that time, he'd pretty much lost interest. But they rarely have conflict, they do a lot of ignoring of each other. Doesn't mean they don't like each other though: they prefer walks when we all go, instead of being separated. They've also demonstrated an unfortunate tendency to back each other up when other dogs might be infringing on their territory. And in the last few months, they've actually developed enough of a relationship to play together. So my advice, like everyone else's, don't force it.
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uhm~ did you look agry when she was growling at the puppy?
usually dogs don't know the feeling guilt. its a human moral cathegory that dogs don't have.
however they can feel something is "wrong", hen they read your emotional reactions on their actions.
She shouldn'T think that interacting with the puppy is wrong.

i think as long as it she isn't hurting the puppy I'd let her set borders. it's better hen she's growling than when he just snaps without a warning.
I'd reward "good behaviour" and peaceful contact with the puppy (even if it is just ignoring the puppy) and keep a good eye on the puppy so that the puppy doesn't bother her too much.
when the she's uncomfortable hen you're petting both at the same time, I'd for now not do that. CC the puppy being close until she's okay with it can take some time.
Also: give both dogs alone time. Train alone with each dog and walk them alone, so that she gets her long walks and exercise, that she needs, while puppy doesn't have to walk further than ot should at such a young age.
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