|Barked: Sun Apr 14, '13 4:31am PST |
|I know people sometimes say that getting a puppy adds five years on to your old dogs life... But I've yet to see this with a dog over twelve years old.
I'm sure it can happen but your Aussie is very old now, adding a bouncy, energetic and noisy puppy into the mix probably wasn't the best idea... When I first added Dexter to the household he was a hyper one year old and my 10 year old GSD x Rocky, wasn't too impressed... Not with a bouncy Border collie running around... After a couple of weeks, things settled down. Rocky accepted Dexter but wouldn't really take anything to do with him. If Dexter tried to lie beside Rocky, Rocky would get up and walk away... Dexter also learned very quickly not to get in Rocky's face... They have to learn boundaries with each other. The puppy needs to learn that it can't jump all over your older dog, it can't bark and annoy your older dog and that your older dog needs space...
How long have you had the puppy for?
These things take time, but like the above poster said, you have to dedicate time to your older dog... One on one, just you and her/him... The puppy should not change everything... It's an addition not a complete change.
Good luck and hopefully, given time, the dogs will learn to coexist peacefully.
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