December 1st 2011 2:01 pm
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Mommy is getting mad cause Izzy is a jealous, jealous dog. She tackled Rudy when she got out of the tub, and was growling very loudly at her. She does this a lot lately. She is jealous whenever either Mommy or Mama give Rudy necessary attention for her skin condition. What do we do? It's getting ridiculous. Izzy sounds like a big massive rottweiler, the sounds she makes, and Rudy just lets her pounce on her.
(Mommy speaking) It looks like playing, but it seems pretty rough sometimes. I usually never hear a yelp, but today I did, and then Izzy backed off. I have tried grabbing Izzy by the neck and saying "no" firmly, but as soon as I let go, she goes right for Rudy again. If I separate them in different rooms, as soon as I let them out, Izzy bolts for Rudy again to pounce/attack. It freaks me out cause it seems like it is getting more frequent. We are both giving Izzy lots of cuddles and loves too, she is definitely not "left out" but she seems to think she is. I can't let Izzy in the tub with Rudy because it's special dermatological vet shampoo, and Izzy doesn't need to be bathed twice a week anyway. When they play, as soon as Mama gives Rudy some attention, Izzy stops what she is doing and pounces on Rudy, growling loudly and biting at her neck. It's like she HATES it when we give Rudy any attention. Now if one of us wants to play with Rudy, the other Mom has to hold Izzy and distract her! This is not a good solution. What do we do? Any suggestions would be gratefully appreciated!
love Mini Mischief, emphasis on the MISCHIEF
Maybe try giving her a treat to distract her when Rudy is getting attention for a while - something she has to chew on for a while might help.
Oh, dear, sounds like Izzy is trying to be an alpha pup...
Growlmy says she herself doesn't have any idea how to stop or lessen this, perhaps a dog trainer might have a solution. Sometimes vets can suggest who they would recommend.
Hope you can get this solved soon!
Sorry to hear that Izzy is acting out like this. While she may not need to be bathed like Rudy is there anyway you could make Izzy feel involved in the bathtime? I know it sounds silly but tell her you need her to help take care of Rudy and give her tons of praise for her "help" when she is not growling or pouncing.