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Old 07-14-2010, 11:16 AM   #1
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Exclamation Need help with new puppy and older dog!

I have two shichons, which are a mix between a bichon and a shih tzu, and I am having some problems.

Their names are Bella and Daisy. Bella is 4 1/2 and Daisy is a new puppy that is only 8 weeks old.

Bella is not very good with other dogs, and she is not acting well towards Daisy when she wants to play with either me or the rest of my family.

What Bella does is she constantly jabs at Daisys side with her snout and sometimes knocks her over. Other times she just sits there and barks at her. The first day we had Daisy, which was yesterday, Bella was biting her ears very frequently. In no way is Bella hurting Daisy, she is just constantly badgering her. Its hard for Daisy to run around and play because there is a bigger dog chasing her around all of the time.

All I want to know is...is this a normal behavior? Or is there a problem some expert trainer will have to deal with? Any help or input would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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Old 07-14-2010, 01:04 PM   #2
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Give it time, there still getting to know each other.

As long as there no real damage, just keep an eye, , lots of fun times and treats to smooth thing along.
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Hi I wouldn't say there's a problem Like vixen has said they are just getting to know each other How ever keep a eye on it and if for example the pup lets out a yelp to Bella then Bella must stop! This is where you come in redirect Bella away from the pup for some time out so call her to you if she comes then praise till the come home reward Bella with a tasty treat! Bella will soon learn to behave better if the pup gets a little hurt. Now is the time ( 8 -16 weeks the optium time) to start training Daisy in all aspects of dog behaviour. No trainer is needed in Bella's case providing you watch Bella with Daisy. Just keep a eye on them. Please keep us updated on any progress with this! Enjoy your new puppy ATB
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Just an hour ago, Daisy decided to fight back at Bella. Shes chasing Bella around and attempting to bite her in the collar area. Who should I "side" with and tell NO to? Bella or Daisy?

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Just an hour ago, Daisy decided to fight back at Bella. Shes chasing Bella around and attempting to bite her in the collar area. Who should I "side" with and tell NO to? Bella or Daisy?
Are you sure this is aggression and not rough play?

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Now that it has been a few days, I think it was just rougher play. I think Daisy is just annoyed by Bella constantly bugging her.

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When we moved to Louisiana, we moved in with someone who had a puppy. Massimo, my black lab at almost 6 years old, was not very well socialized with other dogs. He was aggressive at first, for the first week or two. But every time you corrected him he'd stop. And he eventually learned he was not allowed to be aggressive.
Then he started to play with her, and man did those two get vocal. Massimo, being a black lab, was tons bigger then the little terrier puppy, but sometimes he had her entire head in his mouth. And that puppy was just sitting there wagging her tail. He wasn't hurt her or anything, and if anything ever got too serious, a good yelp from either one of them made them stop for a minute.
Today, a few weeks ago, we brought in a one year old Golden Retriever. Off of Massimo's turf he did fine with Valerio. But at home...Valerio had to not even look at Massimo for a little while. They had a few run ins with each other, but some quick correction again and now they're doing great.
And yeah, puppies can annoying the heck out of older dogs. Both Valerio and the terrier puppy love to try and chew on Massimo's jowls and his ears. I always just correct the behavior because Massimo's ears are sensitive and Val's getting the picture.
You just have to separate the play behavior from aggressive behavior. Play biting it going to happen a lot. Massimo and the terrier never seemed to quit gnawing on each other but they never harmed each other. Aggressive behavior is more tense and ridged. I look at Massimo's eyes a lot and can tell when he'd going to be a butt about things.

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