Bear&Duke, on 16 February 2012 - 09:25 AM, said:
SecretKei, on 15 February 2012 - 10:29 PM, said:
My only advice is to keep them separate. It's not that hard, just fence off part of your yard or build a run. Dogs can still be 'together' outside but can't get at each other, you will be more relaxed knowing the pup is safe too.
I agree, their play time is very limited at the moment as it's too stressful for all of us. I think in a way this makes it worse as it's such a novelty when they do get to play a little..
Yeah it can be. I keep my two completely separate, we use a combo of baby gates, crates/pens and a dog run to do so. It can be a little stressful in the beginning but as you form a routine it becomes very easy and second nature
..but maybe once Duke grows more he will have the weight behind him to tell Bear off. The trainer has also suggested a good dog park where the owners are real dog people and will allow their dogs to tell Bear off when he's playing too rough. Were we are the owners have a fit if their dog even shows slight annoyance even though I ask that they let their dog put him in his place. Unfortunately this means Bear thinks is rules over everyone and everything
Patience, Patience... Can you tell it's not my strong point?
Thanks so much for your help
dwilds, on 16 February 2012 - 09:55 AM, said:
I'm sorry but that advice from your trainer is ridiculous Don't put your dog or anyone elses dog in that position because it will just lead to fights and won't do anything to help your training if I was you I would find a new trainer
I agree with Dwilds 100% here. You do NOT want other dogs telling off your pup. In doing so you are taking a huge risk. Do you know these dogs? Are you 100% sure that they are reliable in temperament and wont damage your pup? Not a risk I would take I can assure you!
A pup is very impressionable and a small mistake now could easily lead to a lifetime of dog aggression. The majority of dogs just are just not solid enough to let it slide and you are setting yourself up for potential disaster IMO.
It's also not natural or necessary for dogs to interact with those outside their own pack - no matter how 'nice' we may think it is.
What you need is KNOWN, TRUSTED, NEUTRAL dogs who will ignore your dog.
What state are you in? I'd seriously consider finding yourself a new trainer...
AS far as the dominance issues, have a look at Leerburg. Heaps of free articles there, particularly the ones establishing pack structure. I'll see if I can find a linky for you.
ETA: have a look here: http://leerburg.com/articles.htm
These should get you started
Ground work / establishing pack structure with Adult dogs: http://leerburg.com/groundwork.htm
Introducing dogs/puppies: http://leerburg.com/...oducingdogs.htm
Dog parks: http://leerburg.com/dogparks.htm
Socialisation- puppies: http://leerburg.com/...lizepuppies.htm
Puppy groundwork: http://leerburg.com/...ygroundwork.htm
This post has been edited by SecretKei: 16 February 2012 - 11:14 AM