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How do I get my dogs to get along?
My boyfriend just got a new puppy that my 3 year old bulldog does not like at all. We have given it a couple weeks, and he still does not like her. He doesn’t attack her, but will snap and growl if she gets too close. How do we get them to like each other? Do we punish him for his aggressive behavior?
- ?Lv 71 month ago
What you see is very typical as the other experts have told you. You DO NOT just slap a new puppy (INVADER) into the home, and not expect repercussions.
First mistake: You probably did NOT introduce them on neutral territory.
Second mistake: you have it @$$ backwards. The puppy has ZERO manners. The puppy has INVADED the adult dog's home, & territory. Last time I checked bulldogs were not over dog-friendly but if he wanted to hurt her INSTEAD of correcting her - he would have. Puppy again has NO manners may be harassing him. It is HIS RIGHT to do exactly what he is doing to correct the "hoodlum invader" and not only correct, but make it CLEAR who is "top dog" & who is calling the shots.
YOU DO NOT correct the ALPHA & adult dog for this, natural behavior. If somebody needs to be controlled or "pulled up" it is the BRAT puppy. It is shocking to me, you would add a puppy to your home and NOT KNOW ALL of THIS ...going in.
- bluebonnetgrannyLv 71 month ago
This is 100% normal. The pup has invaded the bulldogs territory & doesn't want anything to do with the pup. Apparently they were not introduced properly & this is the way it all works out. always.
All the growls, snarls, nips & bites is normal. They are warning signs that the pup must obey. If the home dog gets bothered too much by the pup, the home dog will pin the pup to the floor & the pup will scream like it is dying. It is not dying, only scared. Home dog is protecting itself from the pup. Keep the pup away from home dog.
You can use a baby's gate to keep pup in one room away from home dog. They can see each other & smell each other & will soon adapt. It just takes time, even if you know what you are doing.
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- MaxiLv 71 month ago
No you do not punish the dog.......... shame you didn't do any research about introduction and just 'hoped' it would be OK....... if you punish anyone it is you and your bf you punish
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- JojoLv 71 month ago
Its quite natural for an adult dog to not want a young puppy near them.
It natural for an adult dog to growl and `air`snap at the pup.
This `should` convey to the puppy to stay away and it also teaches the pup `manners`and not to bother older dogs.
However....if the pup is insistent and does not heed the older dogs warnings, then
you need to step in and not allow the pup to harrass the older dog, as it could lose its temper and punish the pup too severely.
Make sure the Bulldog has a place it can go to for sanctuary and be away from the pup for some peace and quiet.
NO, do NOT punish the Bulldog for growling etc.
It `s up to you to not allow the pup to bother him.
Do not leave the two dogs together alone at this stage.
Crate the pup when you are not able to supervise the dogs together.
Once the pup has had all its vaccinations, take the two dogs out for walks together as this is a great way for dogs to form a bond.
It could take up to 2 months for the male BD to accept the puppy and the chances are good as she is female.
Be aware that the BD `could` if he wanted to, attack the pup in a split second if he was really irritated by her, but so far he has NOT done that and has just give the pup warnings, which as I said, is very natural and is how most adult dogs tell a pup back off.
I bet in a few weeks time you will wonder what all the fuss was about. Good Luck.Source(s): GSD owner for 58 years.
- Verulam 1Lv 71 month ago
You can't 'make' this happen. You should protect your Bulldog from the unwanted attention of this puppy. Normally adults won't attack puppies, but usually only if they see the owner stopping the puppy from being a darned nuisance. They have sharp teeth, for starters - which HURT. Eventually, if you don't step in and correct the puppy who isn't taking no for an answer, your older dog may well attack.
Eventually as she matures, he'll realise she's a b itch and unless you have her spayed before then, once in season he will love being with her ................
You do not punish your Bulldog. He's being a good boy or he'd have attacked and perhaps injured the puppy before now. Don't leave them together unsupervised yet, and feed them separated.
- OTTOLv 61 month ago
Puppies annoy older dogs. Place a barrier between them where they can see each other but have no contact. As your pup matures and they become accustomed to each other, you can remove the barrier.
- AmberLv 61 month ago
I'm assuming you allowed them to meet before you brought this pup home. If not, that was you're big mistake.
I'm not seeing the behaviour myself but you could either end up with a dead/seriously harmed puppy - this bulldog could be giving this puppy real 'back off' warnings and eventually, if she continues to persist in crossing his boundary he may attack or give her a nasty bit. A snap is a real warning.
Or this pup could be a bit boisterous, is crossing the line and he is simply telling her know he's higher dog.
This pup may not have been well socialised or had a very easy going mum who didn't correct her for being 'pushy' or getting into a higher dog's space when not invited. It may be harmless educating. Or maybe you failed to socalise your bulldog with not just other dogs but puppies. How many puppies has your dog engaged with? Ever had a puppy in the house with him? It may just be he doesn't understand exuberant pups. My old dog was very gentle with puppies. She corrected them with growls but seemed to understand they were pretty clueless and just loved everything and everyone. She understood this because she'd been frequently exposed to them and was used to puppy behaviour. If you haven't done the work with your dog, you've set him up to fail. JUst because he was a pup and lived with them doesn't mean, as an adult, he'd accept a totally different pup.
This is either, a 'wait and see' situation and they need more time or it potentially explosive. All not a good situation to have a puppy in. You'll end up with a fearful dog.
Those are my thoughts anyway. All the best and I hope it works out.
- Pearl LLv 71 month ago
maybe hes just not used to your dog yet
- donnieLv 71 month ago
Sometimes it takes time. Maybe take them to a trainer