|Barked: Tue Jan 26, '10 2:05pm PST |
|I haven't been on here in a while, but I needed assistance and I knew this was the place to turn. Here is my issue:
Cosmo is our 4 year old lab, and in September we got a 4 month old puppy, Doby, a doberman/ german shepherd mix. He is a bundle of puppy energy, and we love him very much, but I'm pretty sure Cosmo hates his guts. When he was smaller, it wasn't SO bad, because she was bigger than him, and when he tried to play/ wrestle with her, she was able to tell him no, and walk away. But now he is taller than her, and growing by the day.... Everything she has, he wants. bones, toys, food, attention, he even climbs into her bed with her, which she hates, and so then SHE is forced to get up and move. My fiance and I always take her side, and get back every thing he steals from her, and we make him move when he takes her bed and things, but it doesn't seem to phase the new puppy, and lately Cos has seemed to be getting depressed about the situation.
Every once in a while she will play with Doby, but she rarely initiates play. and I just feel bad because she was used to being the only dog, and he has been here for almost 5 months now, and she's not accepting him like we had hoped.
She is rarely aggressive towards him unless he tries to get into her food bowl or take her bone, then she will nip/bite him. but he bites/ chews on her any chance he gets in a playing way, not an aggressive way. but she doesn't like it, or him really.
WHAT SHOULD WE DO?
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