Life as the target of another dog s aggression won t do your puppy s behavioral development any good. The puppy should display these behaviors which tells the older dog that it s just a baby and to cut the youngster some slack.
They learn about rules of the house from the senior dog as the older dog is already house trained with certain rules.
How to get an older dog to like a puppy. Also consider similar breed types. I have heard stories from my clients about elderly dogs who get a new lease on life. If you d like help getting started with basic positive training for your puppy or your older dog you might like to join one of our online training courses.
Adding a herding dog to a. Choose a neutral location for these meetings and to alleviate any feelings of jealousy that might arise allow a neutral third party to hold the puppy while your old dog introduces himself. This will save your time a lot in training the puppy.
Often allowing an older dog to establish respect themselves can resolve the issue however if your older dog is unable to exert himself or the new puppy is particularly boisterous you may need to step in and train your puppy appropriate behavior with your older dog. I never quite understood why an owner would adopt a puppy for an elderly dog. If the aggression is limited to certain situations like eating or resting and otherwise the dogs get along your first step is to put a physical barrier between the puppy and the older dogs at those problem times.
Attach a leash to your puppy s back clip harness while the dogs are out together if you ve got a pushover adult dog. That way you can use the leash to gently remove the puppy. Allow play for only a few minutes during the first meeting then stop and end the introduction on a good note.
It s therefore perfectly natural for him to feel unsettled jealous or threatened by the presence of a puppy who gets all the attention. Licking the mouth and face of the other dog and rolling on the back in dog language signals submission. Consider introducing a puppy that will be a similar size as your older dog when fully grown.