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Old 07-23-2007, 04:32 PM   #1
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Hi all,

We are really concerned and would appreciate any help or advice anyone can provide.

Our 7 month old Beagle dog seemed very lonely, but very close to us (and us to him). We decided to buy a playmate for him and have just bought a 8 week old bitch as a friend. The introduction went well, but they now seem to be hitting problems. He is now 'play' attacking her (he is three times her size). His tail is wagging, but his hackles are up and he growls at her, biting her, stepping on her and rolling over her. She bites him back but seems powerless. There is lots of barking at each other.

If we seperate them they whine for each other, but then it all begins again.

Worst of all our original loving dog is ignoring us. He seems subdued and we really miss his personality. He spends a lot of time sniffing her hind area.

It has only been a day or so, but we are really wondering if we have done the right thing.

Has anyone else been in this situation and can anyone offer any advice?

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Old 07-23-2007, 04:56 PM   #2
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It sounds to me like it is just adjustment. You need to take measures to protect the pup if your larger dog is being too rough. Even if there is nothing too rough going on, puppy needs lots of resting time & should have a safe, quiet space to rest. You need to spend some time training your dog to play more gently with the puppy. Put him on a leash if you have to to be able to control his play with baby. If he's getting too rough, correct him & make him back off.

As far as your dog paying more attention to the puppy than to you is concerned, that should work itself out as soon as the newness of having a new playmate wears off.
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Old 07-23-2007, 05:35 PM   #3
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It reminds me of when we got Sophia after we had had Zircon for a while. He was delighted to have someone to playfight with, but she had no clue what he was doing or why. Like KatznK9 said, you should make sure that the big dog is not hurting the little dog. But sometimes what looks like it is very rough by human standards is normal dogplay. Hard to say without seeing it.
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Old 07-23-2007, 06:16 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum .....First thing to come to my mind is.....get him NEUTERED before any accidents happen.
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Do you have access to a video camera so that we could see what you're considering rough play? We might be able to better advise if we saw it.
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it sounds to me like he's just letting the new pup know where he stands in this family and she needs to abid by his rules. dominance.
if she cries, whines and her tail is in between her legs when they are doing this, that sounds like an issue that needs to be addressed by you as the owners. make sure to seperate them when these things happen.
After a few weeks, or maybe even days pass and he eventually gets use to her being around, she wont get hurt by him doing this "rough play" and she will learn to hold her own against him.
i would also recommend getting him neutered as well because he is at that age...
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Old 07-24-2007, 04:45 AM   #7
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Hi there

I can relate to you exactly. We got Amber 3 weeks ago and she is 12 weeks old, and she joins Bailey who was 6 months when we got her. We wanted to buy two at the same time but were advised against it, they say the puppies the same age bond with each other instead of the humans. We were going to wait till he was one, but then a local breeder said to get our 2nd pup asap before Bailey becomes too territorial. So anyway, Amber is a 1/4 of the size of Bailey, but we have the slightly different problem of Amber being the more boystrous one she runs after him making these loud growling noises and just jumps on him so of course he is going to defend himself and nip back, it can get quite loud and they are bombing about the place, I cant bear to watch it but after a few days keeping them seperated,I was told this is not the right thing to do, so now I supervise them and if it gets out of hand them seperating them. They are both wagging their tails when play fighting but to an outsider it could look really vicious. After 3 weeks though they are getting better, Amber is growing so im not as panicky about her getting trod on by Bailey. My advice would be to bear with it, once your smaller pup gets bigger she will hold her own. If it gets out of hand seperate them and supervise them at all times. I am considering having Bailey neutered, once of them will have to be, but by all accounts having the boy neutered doesnt calm them down despite a lot of people saying it does, this is what our vet and breeder says but im sure its different for everybody. Also Amber doesnt want to know us, whilst Bailey is like a baby and loves being carried round, when we pick her up she just wriggles to get down as all she wants is Bailey, im sure (im hoping!) this will wear off over time but the main thing is they are best friends.

Bear with it, and good luck! im sure it will turn out ok!

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I was in the same situation when I got Griffen.
Madeline was 6mths, he was 9 weeks. Unfortunatly there was an accident while I was not home (my partner was looking after them) Madeline picked Griffen up like a toy, puncturing both sides he needed 9 stiches on one side 6 on the other.
It was not a nasty attack just Maddy not realising this little bundle of fur was a actually a dog.
After that we kept Maddy on a leash when we let them see each other (something we should have done to start with) and if she started to get too excited they were seperated untill she was carm again.
After a few weeks we were able to let them play together on their own but still kept them apart when we weren't home for a couple of months.
I beleive if we had have done this to start with everything would have been fine, we had no other trouble with them it also wouldnt have taken so long to get them together
Now you wouldn't even know anything had happened, they are best of friends and cant be seperated.

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Thanks to everyone who replied with such helpful advice.

We have left them to get on with things to some degree and everything is settling down quite nicely. We were originally very concerned, but it has become obvious that this is just rough play to determine pecking order. The pair are becoming inseparable but still have their moments.

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