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Old 02-23-2010, 03:21 PM   #1
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We adopted a 2 month old lab mix puppy almost 2 weeks ago. He and our 3 year old collie mix seem to get along relatively OK. He grow;s at the puppy when it starts coming near him but, he doesn't bite or attack the puppy.
All seemed well until our older dog stopped eating. We've tried feeding them separately and together.
We took him to the vet yesterday and she found nothing wrong with him. She thinks he's not eating due to stress from the new puppy. I was able to get him to eat if we follow him around the house. You can tell he wants to eat but, turns his head and walks away. Eventually, he does eat and once he starts he cleans his bowl. We thought he was either picky or didn't like the food he was eating. Our vet said to put him on a bland diet of chicken, beef and scrambled eggs. He has been on this for 2 weeks now.

The collie and I have been really close since the original alpha male passed away. I still spend as much time as possible with him. I could probably spend more time with him but, we still have 3 other dogs plus the puppy to care for so I can't spend all day with him.

The collie mix came into the house when he was 12 weeks old and has assumed the role of alpha dog since the alpha dog in the pack died six months ago. We have 5 dogs the collie can in with another puppy and they have been inseparable for the last 2 1/2 years. Since the alpha male died we have adopted another dog that was an adult. he is about 3 years old and the collie didn't react to him the way he has reacted to the puppy.

Our vet's advice is to send the puppy away for a few days. If our dog starts eating again, we know the problem is with the puppy and we'll likely have to find a new home for him.

I have been reading that the collie is feeling threatened by the puppy so, we have tried feeding him 1st before the puppy or the others eat. We let him in and out of the house 1st. He has always slept on the bed so, we don't let the puppy on "his" bed.

Has anyone ever had a similar experience, and if so, what did you do? How long did it take for the problem to be resolved and your dog started eating on their own?

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I've never had that experience but did I read right that you said all is ok and that the collie mix has been growling at the puppy? That doesn't seem right to me. Normally an adult dog should be tolerant of a young puppy so something is off here. It really does sound like the older dog is bothered by the puppy. How is the puppy acting? Like a normal puppy or is there anything unusual?
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he is acting like a typical puppy. All over the place and always in the other dogs faces. The collie only growls when the puppy is in his face or trying to go near his food.

We have spent to whole day researching this and it seems pretty common. The solutions seems to be extra affectionate and attentive to the older dog. I spent the day with the collie playing going for walks and watching TV together (he loves to watch TV). Dinner time came and he seemed to eat better with only a little prodding. Hopefully this will help him adjust to the puppy.

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It hasn't really been that long. Maybe the Collie will adjust. The other dogs are ok with the new puppy I guess?
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adaptation of new puppy is the only reason , for this problem.
try to feed both of them separately and if possible keep both of them at different rooms of house, that might help

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Does the puppy have free run of the whole house? Or are you keeping the pup in one room while the rest adjust to his presence in the house? The older dogs should get plenty of breaks from the pups nosiness.

This might help...
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Thanks everyone and thanks Draco for the link to your previous posting. We added the suggestions in it to the process we are using. Things have gotten better I have been spending a lot more time with the collie and my wife spends time with the puppy. The collie ate breakfast and lunch on his own today which is promising.

The puppy does get along with the others well. He is especially fond of our 75lbs Plott Hound. They play together most of the time and we sort of use him as a baby sitter for the puppy when we can't spend a lot of time playing with him. It is the funniest thing to see such a big dog playing with a 10lb puppy.

The collie has been very close to me since our dog recently passed. I had been spending a lot of time with the puppy because of the need to house break him. Now that my wife has taken over that role and I have been back to spending a lot of time with the collie he seems to be happier and seems to be getting back to normal but, I can't say that for sure yet.

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It can take a couple of months for things to settle down after a new addition. It has taken my hounds as long as 8 weeks to sort things out with a longer term foster addition. Some they adapt to right away, others just take time. Sounds like you are on the right track, now, especially making time for your 3-yr old. Dealing with a puppy is hard enough without also feeling set aside or neglected. Be patient. I'm sure things will work out.
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