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Old 09-25-2012, 04:14 PM
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Sequoia is great. She is getting along fabulously with Olive, who is very tolerant of her. Sequoia loves following her around and pulling at her legs, and is almost always laying on top of her while they chew faces. Ew, haha. They switch around really nicely during play- both showing their bellies at alternating times.

My other dog, Roxie, is an 11 year old Aussie, and as older Aussies tend to do, she has gotten a bit grumpy. She's not particularly interested in the pup. She will lay with her and occasionally they give each other kisses. Roxie however does not like sharing toys with her. I have seen her growl, and once snap, when Quoia tried to take away a stick she was chewing on. I am also watching a friend's dog, Netty, 5 year old mutt, who doesn't particularly like sharing toys either. The thing is, between the older dogs- Olive, Netty, and Roxie, there is no possessiveness. They know it's not nice. None of them will do anything if the other one takes a toy from them, it's all fair game as far as they're concerned. They are not aggressive dogs at all. I've just taken their grumpiness towards Sequoia as a type of mothering-not allowing her to run amuck. They will all lay together, as I said, and love chasing each other around the yard. It's just that occasionally one will growl at the puppy when she tries to take a toy.

Over the past 3 days, I have noticed several instances where Sequoia will tense up and bark at either Roxie or Netty for coming near her while she is playing with or near a toy. I don't really know what to do about this. I've never encountered it in a puppy before. When I am there and she does it, I pick her up and put her a few feet away, then pay attention to whoever she barked at. This has happened about 3 times. Does anyone know what could have caused this? I really want to nip it in the bud right away.
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well... it is all based on insecurity. what you need to do is build security for them all... with that many dogs around, it may be wise to regulate when they can have toys/valuable items and practice making them feel comfy with each other when they do. that means you don't let them get to close to each other, including the dogs that normally get along. when i have RGing buddies over to visit clover, and i want to give them something to chew on, i leash them on opposite ends of the couch from each other. sometimes i'll put a baby gate up between them. fortunately i haven't had many issues with it with clover, he actually has buddies who he can eat from the same bowl with and no problems (not that i planned it that way) but with the cat, he tends to guard when he's really hungry. the easiest remedy is to keep the cat out of his face when he is eating. for you, with a new/newish dog in the mix, it adds a bit more stress/worry (to the dog) about guarding his/her stuff. have you read through the resource guarding sticky yet?

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Sorry, didn't see this post! I will go through the RG sticky now. To be honest, though, I'm not entirely sure that's what it is... what I was thinking is more along the lines of her mirroring Roxie & Netty's rudeness. She never does this with Olive and literally lays on top of her while playing with toys. Olive can approach her while she is chewing on a stick no problem. Roxie and Netty can too, it has just been these 3 instances where she was not cool with it. They all eat food next to each other too. I was thinking of giving the two older dogs some time away from Sequioa so they don't get so irritated with her.
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Fawkese, I'm reading the RG thread right now and I'm quite sure you're right. I will at least treat it as RG. Such a great sticky! The video "It's Yer Choice" is amazing... I can't wait to try these techniques out when I get off work today.
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lol, yep i really love that game too, such a great training tool! and giving all the dogs a break from each other is so beneficial! i mean, no matter how much you love someone, sometimes you just need some space for pete's sake!



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