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New puppy fighting with 2 year old dog, should I be concerned?

asked 2021-03-14 20:58:32 -0500

have a 2 year old German Shepherd mix with Rhodesian Ridgeback. We recently just got a 16 week old full German Shepherd puppy. They get along great, play, walk, eat and drink. However, sometimes when the younger puppy is annoying the older dog it leads to a fight.. it seems to be aggressive sometimes especially because they are both Germans and love to “talk” so we break up the fight and one dog goes with me and the other my spouse. It seems to only happen when she is annoying her 2 year old brother. Should I be worried about this behavior? Or is it just the dogs asserting dominance? Or working it out?

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answered 2021-03-16 10:35:17 -0500

We had the same issue when we brought in our yellow lab puppy. Right now the puppy is full of energy and wants to play. The older dog is probably just asserting dominance as they were the first dog in the house. For our dogs, it calmed down after a couple of months.

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