|Barked: Tue Mar 18, '14 4:41am PST |
|I'm not so sure keeping them separated is a great idea, at least not when you are around them. We had a six year old come in for grooming today and also a new puppy they had gotten eight weeks ago. They came in TWO cars because they were afraid to put them together since the older dog was hating the pup.
We put them together here (under supervision), the older dog growled at the pup twice when the pup got too close, and the pup responded as it should by backing off. By the time the owner came to pick them up they were sleeping curled up in a tight ball together.
The problem was that with ANY growl the owners were rushing in to "rescue" the puppy and separate them, instead of allowing the older dog to set some rules. Once we explained that this growling and even snapping was as it should be, they hopefully, are now a bit more relaxed. If the older dog isn't allowed to tell the pup when to back off the problem will continue to get worse and worse until there is a major problem with them both hating each other.
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