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Old dog suddenly attacking kids when the new puppy is around


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Hi,

 

I was hoping for some help for a friend, we just visited her house and she recently got a new puppy who is just lovely. 

 

Their original dog is a 4 yr old bitch who is undesexed,  suddenly started to growl and bite the kids when they tried to play with the puppy.

 

We have known the older dog her whole life and never had an issue with aggression before. 

 

Can anyone advise how to handle this problem ? I am not sure if she is jealous or thinks it is her puppy and is very possessive over it. 

 

I ended up crating the older dog so she could not attack the kids anymore but she continued to growl at them through the cage. 

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I think you need some specialist help.  Removing the dog from site might be the best option for now but I am definitely not an expert.  Look for dog behaviourists in your area with good reviews.

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It’s pretty hard to give advice off a short description and not knowing how hard she is biting. She might think the play is too rough, she might be worried about someone getting hurt, or jealous, or she might just be overstimulated by it and acting out. Some dogs do act like the ‘fun police’ and break up rough play. 
I think the owner needs a good behaviouralist to make a home visit and observe what is going on. They will probably recommend management to remove the risk in the immediate term and desensitisation to reduce the arousal level and teach alternative behaviours. But with kids involved it needs expert help. 

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