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Older rescue dog scared of puppy?

asked 2020-04-26 08:46:21 -0500

I brought my 8 week old puppy home 4 days ago. I know it's all very early but I'm having some trouble with my first 9 year old rescue being scared and acting aggressive towards our puppy. She is fine if me or my husband is a buffer between them or if she approaches the puppy herself. But if the puppy approaches her or moves suddenly her growls, snarls and often times jumps and barks. It's causing me a lot of stress as I feel like I have to supervise them 24/7 and can't get anything done. Any pointers?

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answered 2020-05-10 22:23:10 -0500

It could be due to differences in energy levels, size, or even just trying to establish a pecking order. My parents have a 4 year old boxer that acted that way toward my boxer puppy until they got to the same height and my puppy had learned her boundaries. Now they love each other so it could take some time for that leadership to be established and the puppy to be trained a bit more. I would just supervise them closely until they have that worked out.

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