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We have a 1 year old siberian Husky who I've had since he was 12 weeks old. We have recently adopted a 6 month old husky. They get alone fine when they are outside. They play rough, run around and have no escalation. But once I bring them inside the older one will attack the younger one out of nowhere. I have removed. All toys, and treats in the room. Any thoughts on how we can correct this?
 

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The older dog is not attacking the younger one out of nowhere, although it seems like that to you. there is a reason for it even if you don't perceive it.
Do not let the dogs be together without supervision in the house, ever.
Then, do little sessions with the dogs together in a very controlled manner, as follows:

Remove all toys and food so there's no hassle over those things.
Keep the older dog on a leash, or the younger one if that is easier, or both if you have someone there who can help you, but make sure you have control if something starts to go sideways.
Do this at a time when you can watch the dogs 100% of the time. Not while texting or talking on the phone or reading a book or being online.
Watch the body language of the dogs very carefully so you can learn what it is that is setting the older dog off. This may take a while to learn if you are not familiar with dog body language but it's fascinating to learn, so dedicate yourself to it. It might be when the younger dog moves in a certain way, or flicks his ears even. There's something going on here that you don't see....train yourself to see it.

Keep these sessions with the dogs together and leashed to 5 minutes at first, no longer. If one dog gets upset, end the session of observation and separate them.
The rest of the time, keep them separate so they don't get into a tussle. But do these 5 minute together times two or three times a day.
While you are doing this, the entire time that they are both being calm, they should be praised and given treats and talked to in very nice encouraging ways. If one gets upset or the older dog tries to attack, do not pull or yank the leash, don't scold or get angry at all, simply remove quietly and calmly them from each other's presence.

Do this for a few weeks and see if progress is made.
Best of luck!
 

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The younger dog will be walking by, or jumping off the couch and the older dog will lunge and grow and try to bite the dog. Or the younger one will be sitting and the older will walk up or run up and lunge and grow and try to bite the dog. It's a very different tone from when they are playing as they play loud and agressivly.
 

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That's what I was picturing, but I wanted to make sure. Older dogs will often do this to a younger dog to teach the young upstart to respect their elders.

Unfortunately, 1 yr olds are at a kind of teenage stage themselves and can really go overboard and bully a puppy. At 6 months your younger puppy no longer has a puppy pass. So, they both need to learn to respect your house rules!

That's why I said I see this differently. This isn't your older dog attacking, it's more like schooling, but being overzealous, if that makes sense.

So they don't need to be desensitized to each other, the older dog has to learn to defer to you in the house. How and when to step in is the hard part, because if you ask the older dog to defer to you in the house, you have to read the puppy's behaviors too and prevent him from being disrespectful to the older dog.

I'd try keeping the older dog on a leash for a while, so you can show him that the bullying is not allowed. Also, understand that a puppy running right up and engaging an older dog IS disrespectful. So don't allow that either.

Sorry, that's the best I got. A few months time will help this issue considerably. Do whatever seems to work to get there... ;)
 
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