(Closed) Older dog not a fan of new puppy..help?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
11175 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@greenidlady:  You need to remember that for nine years your dog has been on her own and the ruler of the house. Now she has this playful and probably obnoxious little guy in her space. It is going to take time for them to adjust.

The best thing you can do is to continue to monitor their activities together and yes walking them together does help. I might suggest putting up a gate so she has to stay in the same room with the puppy provided she has enough room to go to her “side” so to speak. Once the puppy is leash trained I would suggest a split leash to keep them literally side by side. Another thing to consider is that she thinks she is the alpha dog in the household so keep that in mind when you are feeding them, especially if you feed him first.

Again just give it time and patience.

Post # 4
850 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

It does take time! Our puppy has been with us for 3 months and I’d say he and our older dog are truly becoming friends only in the last few weeks. I second the suggestion of giving them space. We really limited our two dogs’ interaction time when we brought the 2nd one home at first. We made sure to crate train the puppy so he had a designated place to sleep and rest. As time went on, we increased the amount of time the dogs spent together and we let them play. We watched a lot of videos on youtube about older dogs playing with puppies so we could make sure what they were doing was a appropriate – older dogs correct puppies frequently (growling, nudging, batting, barking) and it can look like they are being mean. But it’s important to ;et the older dog teach the puppy how to behave. 

Post # 5
2962 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

It takes time to integrate a new family member. I suggest restricting the puppy’s ‘territory”, showering the older dog with love and gradually let the older dog “allow” the puppy into his territory.

Post # 7
1681 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Treejewel19:  How long have you had the new puppy? It took our older dogs at least 2 weeks to start to adjust. They’re pretty much friends now (2 months in). We make a conscious effort to give the older dog special privledges, though. Feed her first. Occasionly individual walks/play time. The puppy is always game for anything, but the older girl needs her special loving too!

Post # 9
90 posts
Worker bee

Usually an older dog really does not get along well with a puppy. Especially a shih tzu. I rescued a shih tzu and ended up having to rehome because she was older and relaxed and I have a bouncy 2 year old. The puppy is just like a bouncy tw year old to her. Overtime they will learn to get along but give her time. She is use to it being just her.

Post # 11
1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

As others have said, the older dog is just used to being on her own – imagine if you were middle-aged, then one of your friends brought home an exciteable toddler and said “Go on! You two should be best friends!” You’d be tired and cranky, and not at all impressed at some little kid coming into your space and messing things up.

Give them a few days together (supervised, just to be safe), and your older dog should adjust. To make things easier, always remember to feed the older dog before the puppy, give the older dog the better bed, more attention, let them sit closer to you, let them walk in front (of the puppy, not you) when you go for walks. All of this will make your older dog feel more comfortable, and that the puppy isn’t challenging their position in the family.

Post # 12
4687 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

In my 30 years I have never been without at least 2 dogs… so with that experience (I’ve adopted some real nut jobs), I would say just give them plenty of time to get to know each other.

They will feed off your energy so make sure you’re not nervous around them.

The more socialization and exercise they have together, the better! My mom has a terribly grouchy, mean old dog and she’s adopted 2 dogs. .. at first the Old Bag is mean and territorial but then she adjusts.

Oh, and this might make you feel better too… my dad adopted an aggressive pit bull from a sketchy shelter (the sign on her cage said NOT FRIENDLY WITH DOGS!!!- literally) and she initially beat the SHIT out of his other dog. So he took them for an hour hike on his property and they’ve been besties ever since. Incredible. You would have to see it to believe it.

Post # 15
1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@greenidlady:  Actually, the best bet is probably to just let her nip him and let them argue it out. As long as she’s not actually seriously hurting him, she’ll most likely nip him, growl and knock him down until he rolls on his back. She’ll then just sniff him over, maybe growl a bit more, and leave him alone. This will just be repeated until he’s learned to respect her space. Otherwise, he learns “I go an annoy the big dog, she goes to bite me, the human then picks me up and gives me a cuddle and growls at the big dog. This is great fun!”

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