(Closed) Household Dominance

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
1488 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

It really depends. If your original dog is usually dominant around other dogs it may take a couple weeks, if she’s usually pretty submissive it can take a day or two. It seems like you’re doing the right thing by letting them work it out, and as long as they both view you as the alpha, I wouldn’t worry too much.

ETA: I have a degree in Animal Science and worked at a boarding facility for over 2 years, so I have some experience with animals. I’ve also volunteered at animal shelters and rescue groups for over 10 years. lol

Post # 4
2607 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Just wanted to add that making her “Sit” and “Wait” while the other dog gets attention might be a good idea, too.  Our dog thinks any pet getting attention means he should get attention, too.  He isn’t aggressive at all about it, he just wants in on the fun.  Following what I saw on an episode of “It’s Me or the Dog” we make him sit and wait, and tell him “(Insert other pet’s name here)’s turn!” while we pet the other dog/cat.  Then we tell him, “Alright, (Insert pet’s name here)’s turn!” and then pet him.  

Post # 5
2008 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I second that it depends on the individuals.  Bones (current) and Rusty (previous) were settled into their patterns for the most part but the heirarchy was always fluid.  In the living room Bones was the boss, in the bathroom it was Rusty.  I always found that strange. 

I’d say if the Cardi (I can’t remember his name!) is mellow things will shake out within a week or two.  If he doesn’t particularly want to be ruled by “The Diva” it could definitely take longer.  If it was me, I would make which ever dog is being pushy to wait until they’re being calm and polite to get lovings regardless of which one winds up being on top.  Having two dogs definitely changes the dynamics!  I’m curious to see how Bones changes once our new (Pembroke) pup comes home this weekend. 

Oh!  Another thing we would do: Both dogs would be put into a Down-Stay before they were fed since they were VERY food motivated.  They had to wait until we released them, including if we would release one first and the other had to wait longer. 

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