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I have a three year old husky who I've had since she was 8 weeks old. We've had no aggression issues at all, ever. The sweetest, most loving dog ever (She's the smaller black one, Tsuki is the big girl).

Last week, I brought home a new husky rescue named Tsuki (I pronounce it Sookie, she's 9 months old) and they got along pretty well. I introduced them correctly, they played for a little bit the first afternoon. The first full day Tsuki seemed a little unsure of herself and growled some, they mouthed at each other, but were best friends by that evening and were so cuddly and loving for the rest of the week (5 days). They laid on the ground with each other, cuddled up on my bed, and played literally nonstop. They didn't even get angry the couple of times one snuck to the others' food.

On Friday, the dogs were so good that I took them to a restaurant with my friend prior to going to get Luna's annual vaccines and Tsuki's heartworm test. They were perfect there, at the vet, and at home that evening.

I noticed Saturday morning that Luna was being a bit standoffish with Tsuki. She didn't want to play and by that evening she was growling any time Tsuki came within two feet of her. They got into it kind of badly, provoked by Luna. The time together was immediately limited.

I noticed Sunday morning that Luna was extremely lethargic (usually so Husky hyper it's annoying for most, endearing to me) and wanted nothing to do with Tsuki and didn't want her to touch her. I honored her feelings and kept them away.

I'm just wondering everyone's thoughts on the aggression. They have been so loving, do you think Luna is acting this way as a reaction to getting her annual vaccines? They have seriously been so sweet and loving for the week of togetherness, then a complete switch from my three year old ~15 hours after the vaccines.

I will continue to keep them apart until I see Luna's attitude return to normal, I'm just hoping this hasn't made her have some sort of beef with the newer pup. As you can see in the pictures, they've definitely been getting along (prior to Saturday).
 

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Honestly if the dog is acting lethargic I would call our vet ASAP. It is possible she is reacting to vaccines.

'Aggressive' behavior always has a cause- most often that cause is either fear or pain. In this case, it sounds like the dog is uncomfortable/not feeling well/ in pain. A large breed adolescent puppy can be a nuisance on good days, but when you're not feeling well they can make you want to strangle them.

ETA: I'd not isolate them completely. Keep the puppy on leash, allow her to interact with the older dog, when the older dog starts to show body language indicating she doesn't want to engage redirect the puppy with a good treat. If the older dog is the one that isn't giving the other dog space, see if you can keep her on a leash instead to let the puppy get away. I wouldn't completely isolate them unless management methods like this fail.
 

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Thanks! I did end up calling the vet yesterday afternoon, who confirmed that her reaction is typical (as typical as having a reaction can be...). She was having a reaction, and was acting completely back to herself the time I got home from work yesterday afternoon. Lucky me, I had today off for an appointment and I got to spend the day with my doggie girls. I'm constricting their access to one another, but it definitely seems that Luna was just feeling ill and teaching the puppy when to not jump on her.

She woke up with her tail wagging and tried to cuddle Tsuki on the patio. I guess I'm just not used to Luna teaching another dog her boundaries.
 

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Thanks! I did end up calling the vet yesterday afternoon, who confirmed that her reaction is typical (as typical as having a reaction can be...). She was having a reaction, and was acting completely back to herself the time I got home from work yesterday afternoon. Lucky me, I had today off for an appointment and I got to spend the day with my doggie girls. I'm constricting their access to one another, but it definitely seems that Luna was just feeling ill and teaching the puppy when to not jump on her.

She woke up with her tail wagging and tried to cuddle Tsuki on the patio. I guess I'm just not used to Luna teaching another dog her boundaries.
 
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