Posted 11 June 2008 - 08:08 PM
What did you do to intriduce them - or did you just bring pup home and toss her into the mix?
This may be something to worry about or it may not be. More info is really needed.
Now, do you give the pup stiff first? Puppy pats, treats, etc? If so, you are putting a pup who does not deserve to be on top due to age a position over the existing dog. Therefore, worsening the situation.
Next, how accepting of other dogs on an off your property was your older dog?
if not much, then this is a red flag.
However, if very accepting, then changing your routine a bit and allowing the older dog to set limits should be enough. Dogs will use body langauge (shifting ears, stiffening, changing eye set, etc) to show another dog to back off or to try and settle the situation. If the other dog ignores, then teeth will be shown. if dog ignores, the next step will be a growl or even a snap. The next step could be an all out fight.
Puppies are often given a bit of leeway in a pack BUT NOT ALWAYS. Now, you have a pup who is NOT part of the pack trying to work into the pack. And if you are like most owners, pup is getting things first because well, pups are cute.
When I introduce new pups to my house (and in the past year I have brought in two pups to dogs who are over seven), that pup is generally kept in the kitchen with me or walking through the house on lead with me. When we go out, I allow the older dogs to check out and do their business and then pup is let off lead to run. I do not fret about grumbling, tooth showing, a quick snap or two especially if the pup is really being a brat. If the older dog is telling the pup off and pup does not stop, I then intervene and leash up the pup and get him out of the situation. I do not pick up and carry if at all possible as this elevates the pup to a higher status in dog langauge. I just get in, take pup out and give everyone a chance to settle. I also lavish praise and treats when I see older dog behaving with pup.
It can take months for a new dog to acclimate to a house and other dogs to accept the dog.
I WORRY when:
1 - Older dog keeps telling pup off and pup will not relent and back off.
2 - Pup does relent and back off but older dog keeps up the assault and will not stop.