My GSD keeps biting my Pug. What should i do..?

asked 2016-07-23 07:13:37 -0600

My 3 months old GSD keeps biting my 10 months old pug. My pug bleeds every time he bites. its been around a month now since my GSD started biting my pug and he is now covered in wounds and its not getting any better. What should i do..? He doesn't bite my pug when im around but i cannot keep watch 24/7. I've tried tying him up but when GSD gets bored, he starts barking violently and i've to untie him because my neighbours complain. I understand my VET when she says that i should give away my GSD to someone else but how can i do that after raising him for 3 moths..? Is there really no solution..? Someone please help me im really really worried. I'm helpless i don't know what to do

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answered 2016-07-23 08:51:04 -0600

Puppies can really be a handful. It takes a tremendous amount of patience, guidance, leadership and training to have the puppy you want now and the adolescent and adult dog you want in a few months. I actually work as a trainer so I hear this complaint often. First, you need to crate train you GSD. When you can not have your eyes on him. he should be in his crate. Supervising your dog and crate training your dog is just the first steps. I would highly recommend you begin a training program with your GSD immediately. The "Place" command, a nice, respectful walk (no pulling, lunging, sniffing or marking on the walk), foundation obedience (sit, down, recall) and threshold compliance (waiting a doors, for food and permission before exiting the crate) training should begin today. There are a lot of videos on YouTube about training dogs. I have one trainer that I highly recommend for his training videos, Sean O'Shea at The Good Dog. If you watch his videos on YouTube on the training I have suggested for your GSD, you will be on your way to becoming the leader of your pack. If you do not lead, your GSD will take that position which can and usually does cause some pretty major problems. What many people do not take into consideration when getting a puppy is the amount of training it takes to have the well behaved, obedient dog that they want. Smaller dogs, like your pug, tend to get away with more unwanted behaviors due to their size. When you have a larger dog, like your GSD, unwanted behaviors are not as easily accepted or overlooked. Advocating for your Pug is your responsibility, allowing your GSD to abuse your Pug is totally unacceptable. The good news is, you can change your GSD's behavior with training, consistency, leadership, structure, rules and accountability. If you have any specific questions I can answer for you, please let me know.

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First things first, i'm very grateful that you took time off and wrote a detailed answer. Thank you very much ^_^ , it took quite a load off of my mind that I can change zoro's (GSd) behaviour. I will immediately start training him using youtube as a reference. I do have a question if you don't min

Shagun P.'s profile image Shagun P.  ( 2016-07-23 09:21:28 -0600 ) edit

I might be wrong but i think the training videos will be more focused on how to train my dog on how he is to behave with me and/or other humans. Will the videos also address how to control his behaviour and interaction with other dogs..?

Shagun P.'s profile image Shagun P.  ( 2016-07-23 09:26:19 -0600 ) edit
answered 2016-07-23 11:58:21 -0600

Another possibility: Could your pug be instigating it? I think it's common for little dogs to throw their weight around (in doggy language) toward another dog, but it's not seen by us (or we excuse it) because of their size. We see it as cute, or "personality" (when a larger dog is seen as a bully).

I would find a local trainer to observe them. They might see things you don't. If something like that were happening, focusing on the maturing GSD could make things worse. (The GSD may be responding normally to bad doggy skills from the Pug.).

You want to keep them crated when you can't supervise them. It's not unheard of for a pug's eyes to pop out from a fight or rough play with a larger dog. This happened to someone I walked dogs with. His rott and pug would clash (due to the pug, IMO.). One day, one of the Pug's eyes popped out. They're not built for rough jarring, shaking, or a tooth catching their eye socket the wrong way.

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answered 2016-07-23 20:21:25 -0600

I would suggest you crate him and if he starts violently barking then the only other way is to do a parallel walk with your pug and your 3 month old GSD. Here's how it's done: 1. Put the GSD and the pug both on leash. 2. Take them outside and walk them side by side so that they are not playing with each other head on head. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

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Yes, crate training seems to be the best option at hand along with other disciplinary training. Walking them side by side is something i haven't tried as i walk them seperately so that's plan b. Thank you very much for your time. I'll take you up on that offer and contact you if i have some Q's ^_^

Shagun P.'s profile image Shagun P.  ( 2016-07-24 05:36:49 -0600 ) edit

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