So I have a 9 month old Pug (Molly), she has always been great with other dogs and puppies. She is sociable and loves to play. However, mum decides to bring a new little pug puppy to the family. They was great when we first bought her home, wouldn't leave each other alone!! Second day way fine at night, however when it was dinner time we fed them together and Molly attacks the little puppy very aggressively. of course we tell her off and get them to feed in different areas.
This morning, just after Molly had been fed she see's little puppy who greets her and has a tendency to think Molly is mum and tries to suckle, Molly then attacks her and we just think she was trying to warn puppy off.
We bring them both inside after we told Molly off again, and then she attacks puppy again for no apparent reason!! Has anyone else had this problem? What is the best way in dealing with this i.e feeding time, keeping them apart etc.
I would say that it might be the age Molly is still a puppy, and is claiming dominance, not had this problem but prayers for a good outcome maybe someone has more experience
Thank you Geymayer!
I think the same thing just don't want puppy (Milly) to get hurt!
Maybe try feeding the older pup first and making sure you still have one to one time with her?? Maybe she feels a bit threatened by this new 'intruder'?
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I'd feed the pup in a cage.......and let Molly eat as normal.
Make sure to crate pup at times during the day and just have Molly time...... Also, remember that while the pup is playing, it's teeth are razor sharp!!! Try playing with them both with different toys in your hand.....to keep the puppy off Molly.
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Shaynapug, Thank you so much for your reply. I think this is a really good idea! And yes we noticed that her teeth were very sharp this morning and this may have hurt Molly when they were playing!
Give them time apart. Some puppy school is not just a way to get some obedience training going, and to build a relationship, but is yet another font of knowledge about dogs and dog behaviour.
is it because you bring another female to the household? i heard that the worst kind of combination you can have is female female. compared to male to male? maybe she feels threatened
I'm a bit concerned that all the talk of dominance might be misleading. Dominance is a relationship of primary access to resources. It changes from time to time, moment to moment. It is not, can never be, a personality trait, just like 'closer' or 'warmer' cannot be a personality trait.
Yes, two females are more likely to fight than two of any other combination - that does not mean that fights are necessarily likely in an absolute sense.
There are other important factors - is your 9 month old girl socialised (you say she's always been great with other dogs and puppies - what exactly does this mean)? Is your puppy socialised (or in the process of being socialised)? What does their play time/attention time look like? How have things changed with the arrival of a new puppy?
Are there other signs of resource guarding (like toys, or you, perhaps)?
As others have said, puppies are rambunctious and bite hard - they have to learn not to be like that, and it takes time. Well socialised older dogs that know how to behave appropriately AND have a space to retreat to to get away from the puppy are often the best at teaching these things. They will glare, growl, then 'air snap' or 'teeth bash' the puppy when things go too far, and if they continue, they'll remove themselves.
These things - unfriendly actions and eventually a removal of attention - is really great at teaching when the pup has gone too far.
BUT - if the older dog has never learnt appropriate dog-dog communication, it may well just bite the puppy (hard) and be done with it, which could leave you with a dead or injured pup. Or, since they have no way of telling the puppy off, they may get massively frustrated, or even anxious and scared - again a situation where a bite is likely.
Puppies are not ragdolls either, they don't just let themselves be bitten, they fight back... and then, it escalates. Or perhaps they have learnt dog communication, but the puppy keeps coming and it gets to the point where they just want to leave, but they can't ... and again, it escalates.
Getting growly and snarly around food is really common with dogs. You need to figure out for yourself where the boundary is of what you're ok with, and then you'll have to teach your dogs to be calm around each other. This is slow and patient work. I'd suggest, for now, just not letting them practice snarly behaviour - let them eat out of sight of each other, or far enough away that they don't mind each other, as others have said.