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dog hates new puppy

Post by DogCharmer » Wed Apr 30, 2008 5:44 am

I have a male malteses/bichon frise who hates our new puppy. Since my Papillon boy puppy is rumbunctious he wants to play with everyone and everything. My maltese mix will growl at him when the puppy touches him or even gets near him. The maltese even snarls and has almost taken it to the next level (taking a snap). i am worried that the puppy will get hurt. If anyone has any suggestions please say them. Bye!

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Dog aggressive behavior...

Post by Brandii » Sun May 11, 2008 10:15 am

I would love to help you with this situation, but I will need more info...

When do these aggressive behaviors occur?

Do you show the puppy more attention than your dog?

Is the dog aggressive over certain objects (i.e. food/water bowls, toys, beds, etc.)?

Has your dogs tempermant towards you changed, if so how?

How is the puppy reacting to the aggressive behavior?

Has the dog been spayed/neutered?
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Post by Me and my dogs » Mon May 12, 2008 12:06 am

How old is your maltese mix?

Has he ever shown a desire to do rough and tumble play?

Are some of the growls from your dog to the puppy an attempt on your older dog's part to say "knock it off! Your pestering behavior is rude!"

Is the puppy paying attention to the correction (if it is a correction)?

Has there been any hasty jump to judgement when the older dog has given the puppy a growly warning? The older dog is w/in it's rights to tell a pup to back down and shouldn't be corrected for doing so. Maybe the pup needs a time out?

Has the pup detected it's healthier,quicker, stronger than the other dog and is pushing to change the status of your little pack?

Remember, dogs don't do democracy, they do hierarchy.

Not having eyes on the situation it would be hard to really advise what's going on. It might be best to bring someone in to your home on this one.
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Post by agilitypassion92 » Sun May 18, 2008 5:42 pm

one big reason your male maltese mix might be showing this behavior is because you chose to get another male dog now im not saying that these incidents cant work but it is almost always best to get a dog from the opposite sex when getting another one your maltese mix probably feels more threatened with another male competition around than a ***** that would cancel out any fear of being dominated over or not necessarily dominated but getting more attention


your mix may be doing this for a number of reasons is your maltese mix neutered? if not i would highly suggest that he gets neutered the papillon male should also get neutered as soon as possible as to stop any male rivalry that could occur in the future many times dogs also just feel left out show your first dog that this puppy means good things give him a treat everytime the puppy is brought near him (as long as the maltese mix does not snap growl or show any other unwanted behavior) hope that things work out for both dogs =)

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thanks!

Post by DogCharmer » Fri May 23, 2008 7:35 am

My maltese/bichon frise mix just turned 4 in May and is very sweet to me. Actaully since I've gotten the puppy he seems to always want to be the best to please me. I also have a peek-a-poo is loves the puppy even though he is 5. My puppy I do think is pestering them to play and they dont want to play sothey will growl at the puppy and move a way. Dude my peek-a-poo shows alpha to the puppy and shows that he is top dog over him like by getting on top of the puppy(but not hurting the puppy at all). Mickey Mouse(my puppy who is a papillon) is very wild and always wantsa to run arouind with the other dogs. If Goofy(my maltese mix) is chewing a bone or just lying down and the puppy accidently bops into him he will growl. I tried to show to Googy that being around the puppy is a good thing like giving him treatas around the puopy but it does not seem to work. Mickey has common sense now I think because he doesn't go by Goofy so much now. I have to go my puppy wants to go outside bye and thanks for repliying!!!!!!!

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Post by agilitypassion92 » Fri May 23, 2008 6:37 pm

hey well then i think in due time things will change but like i said altering one of the dogs may be a solution so that the older ones do not feel threatened (by the way i love their names) also pups need to learn their boundaries looks to me that mickey mouse is just now starting to realize that he really cannot always have it his way your other two are simply showing him that through growling as long as they arent going for him as in really going for him i wouldnt worry about it too much

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thanks again

Post by DogCharmer » Fri May 23, 2008 9:20 pm

Yeah they have seemed to be better with the puppy, so I dont worry about any biting anymore. Thanks! I just gave Goofy extra attention and he seems to be more affectionate to me. For my birthday I will be getting an agility starter kit so that will keep them motivated and they will kinda have a job! Mickey is very fast and I take Goofy to little dog shows going around in my town. Dude even might like it, who knows? Yeah I love their names to. Ok gotta go! Thanks again!

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Post by emmabeth » Sat May 24, 2008 5:11 am

Male dogs usually have little to no experience of puppies and can be quite freaked out by them - I have certainly witnessed this behaviour in my own dogs and in one dog, his first experience of a pup he was most definately worried and saying 'what IS that.. get it away from me NOW'..

Now hes on his third pup, and whilst he clearly thinks shes a fool and highly unnecessary and very annoying, hes NOT frightened of or by her and so his warnings and tellings off are more moderated.

I have seen this in a great number of male dogs, its not their job to know what puppies are, or how to respond to them - generally they wont hurt a pup but you do have to be careful with a less well socialised animal as they may injure a pup by accident.

Adult dogs seem little bothered by a pups gender btw - I know dogs who are extremely male dog aggressive who are fine with a male puppy... ditto bitches - its when they are both adults or one is very close to maturity that gender becomes an issue.

Neutering if the behaviour IS rooted in fear is unlikely to improve the situation and very likely to make it worse.

Neutering is ONLY guaranteed to cure two things - infection/injury/disease of the body part removed (testicles or uterus/ovaries), and the ability to reproduce.

ANYTHING else, such as aggression, humping, peeing, running away.... is VERY much a lucky dip situation. Maybe it will.. maybe it wont - its a gamble and once you have done it, there is no going back.

Time and patience and rewarding the adult dog for relaxing around the pup will solve the problem.

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Post by thistledown » Sat May 24, 2008 11:55 am

emmabeth wrote:Neutering is ONLY guaranteed to cure two things - infection/injury/disease of the body part removed (testicles or uterus/ovaries), and the ability to reproduce.

ANYTHING else, such as aggression, humping, peeing, running away.... is VERY much a lucky dip situation. Maybe it will.. maybe it wont - its a gamble and once you have done it, there is no going back.
brilliantly put emmabeth.

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hi

Post by DogCharmer » Sat May 24, 2008 6:23 pm

Goofy and Dude are already fixed and the puppy will get fixed when he turns about 6 months. It has calmed them down quite a bit, but Goofy will even hump Dude. Goofy I misunder took because he just barely growled at the puppy because Goofy had a bone and the puppy went by him. Does anyone have any more ideas?

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Post by agilitypassion92 » Sat May 24, 2008 9:33 pm

what do you mean by anymore ideas? basically all i can say is that it will calm down soon it's always rough with a new pup and many times older dogs will be a bit snappy or gruff just like with people sometimes people take it well and other times it takes time for them to get used to eachother

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