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New Puppy and Older Dog
by Sarah R.
My husband and I had been wanting a new dog for a while now. We already have a 9 year old Maltese named Oliver. Well, we decided on getting a Miniature Australian Shepherd. This is our first time owning one and we fell in love with her right away. Oliver? Not so much.
She is now 11 weeks and when we brought her home at 7 weeks, we introduced them outside in an open space and let them sniff around. Oliver was immediately submissive to her. We've been told time and time again that they will work out their issues on their own. Well, Zoe would chase and nip at his behind and he would run and hide or get up as high as he could to get away from her. All I wanted was for him to stand his ground and let her know he didn't like it. Well, for the past couple weeks he has finally stood up for himself. He growls and chases her to say he does not want to be bothered with her nipping.
I know she is in full puppy mode and all she wants is a playmate but, he is not having any of it. Neither have hurt each other and I know they don't want to. But, she takes his growling and chasing to say back off as PLAY PLAY PLAY. Her little nubby tail gets going and she wants more while, he just wants to be left alone. He's played with many dogs before but never a nippy pup. We let them have their little chase and bark-fest but, after a while we spray them with a water bottle and tell them ENOUGH and to go their separate ways.
I would love any advice you had to offer on how to go about this the correct way or if you have ever been in a similar situation. We are enrolling her soon in puppy classes. I know if it weren't for the pouncing at his face and nipping his behind, he wouldn't really mind her. I would just like them to have fun with one another. I know it won't happen overnight. I look forward to your responses!