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Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Jackie McCready, Jul 3, 2018.

  1. Jackie McCready

    Jackie McCready PetForums Newbie

    Jul 3, 2018
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    Hi we have a 5 year old border collie,Opie.and he is very gentle and polite. We now have a new addition to the family a 9 week old border collie called Pippin.
    We are having problems where Pippin is almost bullying Opie. He stands at doors to prevent Opie from entering or leaving and goes into stealth mode sneaking up on him. Opie is terrified of him and is spending the majority of his time upstairs under my bed. Between this and Pippin constantly biting us hings are a touch fraught at the moment. Any advice would be appreciated.
    Thanks in advance

  2. Twiggy

    Twiggy PetForums VIP

    Jun 24, 2010
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    It's very common for the resident dog to be frightened when you introduce a new puppy. I have owned and trained collies for 40 years and most of mine have reacted in exactly the same manner as Opie when a puppy arrives. It can sometimes take months before they settle down together. Supervise all interactions and give Opie lots of time and attention away from the pup and also a safe haven if you can.

    When I had Holly, who is now 6.1/2 yrs old, I also had a very elderly bitch, and the first thing she had to learn was "leave her". The puppy was not allowed to jump on her, snatch toys from her or pester her in any way. It didn't take long honest.
  3. Jamesgoeswalkies

    Jamesgoeswalkies PetForums VIP

    May 8, 2014
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    It's quite natural that your older dog is a little frightened of the newbie pup and with puppies you have to take great care that the older dog isn't bullied. Especially gentle older dogs who don't know how to stop it happening.

    Pop the pup on a lead in the house if this gives you extra control so you can guide puppy away from Opie and stop the pup from guarding doors. Use a baby gate to give Opie a safe place to go. And make sure he gets lots of walks and playtime with you away from the puppy. And supervise and redirect pup (on to toys) when the dogs are together.

    Nipping is what pups do so maybe have a look at the Puppy Support Thread in Dog Chat :D


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  4. leashedForLife

    Nov 1, 2009
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    see the 2 free books here -

    they cover teaching manners, teach a soft-mouth, get the pup hooked on chew-toys, etc.
    Ian Dunbar, DVM, was a vet who was shocked to discover that no non-force training for puppies existed, in the early-80s, when he got his Sibe, Sirius. // He opened the 1st reward-based classes & puppy socialization meet-ups.

    Very safe, sound advice - no confrontations, threats, harsh handling, or aversive tools.
    - terry

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  5. tabelmabel

    tabelmabel PetForums VIP

    Oct 18, 2013
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    I love ian dunbar's stuff and his methods of crate training and house training suited me down to the ground as i have no problem at all following a very prescriptive method. I know it is too rigid and prescriptive for many people though and some of the timescales in the books can be a bit frightening for some.
    His stuff on socialisation is well worth reading up on though and if you have an understanding of critical periods in development, then it is easy to understand why he sets these deadlines.
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