New Dog Behavior Issues. Please Help!!!

A week ago I adopted a new 8 month old female pup from a woman who was about to give her up as a bait dog. I already have two female beagles, age 4, who are mostly social, they interact with other dogs regularly, but are apprehensive around newer dogs. One of the beagles has adjusted ok and ignores her most of the time. But the other one, who has social anxiety, acts aggressively toward her, even without cause. The new pup seems, for lack of a better word, bipolar about the whole situation. Sometimes she responds aggressively, sometimes she tries to play, sometimes she just ignores it or acts submissive. This, although the most prevalent issue is not the only issue, the pup also goes through spats of biting and "talking", almost like a tantrum, where you can't even touch her, but you can't ignore her either. She also excessively uses the restroom everywhere. She will go out side, then within 30 minutes go inside too. I have worked and been around dogs my whole life and I usually have well-behaved dogs. But I don't even know where to begin with her. Any suggestions????

Asked by Member 1177201 on Jun 26th 2013 in Fears & Phobias
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Oh my goodness... you've got your work cut out for you. Judging by who your pup came from, it sounds like you're starting at square one on everything. It's likely she wasn't socialized properly and doesn't understand how to interact with people and dogs. She has no idea what behavior is appropriate and what isn't.

For house training (and a lot of things)'re going to want to treat her like she's 8 weeks old. Watch her CONSTANTLY, take her out every half hour, and tons of treat/praise when she goes outside. If she starts to go inside, interrupt her (with a clap, or Ah-ah, or no, you don't have to yell at her, just get her attention) and move her outside. Praise/treats if she finishes. Try crate training too if possible.

Going to take your dogs time to warm up to each other. Praise/treat whenever they interact nicely, don't leave them alone together. Your anxious dog is acting out of fear, not aggression. Bringing an intense pup into the house is a BIG change for an anxious dog

Arya answered on 7/2/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Get your dog enough exercise and pet them. Play with them and never show to them that one is given much attention than the other. In other words, they should see that they are being treated equally.

As to elimination, your pup is young and has very little control over his bladder so he needs to eliminate most of the time. But if this is excessive, might as well take him to the vet as he might have health issues.

Member 1166037 answered on 7/3/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Tasha (in memory)

It sounds like this dog has never been trained before. She needs training desperately, or she will not know how to behave properly. Your beagle would react better to a well-mannered dog. If you have not potty trained a pup yourself, you can take her to a training class or hire someone to come to your home and work with you both. Either way, she is not going to train herself, and it seems like she does not know how to be an "inside dog". Is it possible that she used to use puppy pads- put one out and see what happens, as they have built in attractant and at least you won't be cleaning the floor whenever she goes. Once that works, then she can be trained to go outside... ^_^

Tasha (in memory) answered on 7/10/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer