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Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Glynis, Apr 13, 2011.


  1. Glynis

    Glynis PetForums Newbie

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    Hi there
    I came on the forum a month ago asking about having a new puppy with an older dog and got some brilliant answers
    Now we have had the new puppy three days she is very lively like a puppy should be, but my older dog Jack Russell who is 12yrs old has become very sulky
    she goes and sits in the corner
    I still give her lots of attention and love take her for walks etc but I was wondering what else I can do to help them get on together ?
    grateful for any help
     
  2. Twiggy

    Twiggy PetForums VIP

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    Give it time. Your older bitch is probably stiff at 12 yrs old and doesn't want the puppy jumping about around her. She may also be fearful, as many of them are when a new pup is introduced into the house.
     
  3. Glynis

    Glynis PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks
    after I wrote this posting I have noticed today they seem a bit better together
    Rosie the older dog is letting ruby the pup lie with her.
    they have been running round the field together
    I suppose it is early days yet
     
  4. Sled dog hotel

    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

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    I wouldnt worry too much, I have seen it before with a old or older dog and a new pup. They often totally ignore the pup to make a point that any wild behaviour isnt going to be entertained, then as the pup gets the message and approaches and behaves calmly then you should see a difference.
    Its a very clever non confrontational way of making a point and giving the new pup boundaries from the very start. Ive seen the opposite too where a younger more inexperienced dog entertains a pup first off, then the pup then is constant and makes the other dogs life a misery because they wont quit, because the other existing dog didnt make a point and teach the lesson early enough.

    Sounds like you have a wise old dog there, he can teach you a thing or too as well, ignore the pup when he does behaviour you dont want, and reward with attention for behaviour you do want.
     
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