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12 yr old male vs. 2yr old male

 
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michiganwoody
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PostPosted: 12/20/07, 7:16 pm    Post subject: 12 yr old male vs. 2yr old male Reply with quote

I have a 12 yr old male GWP that was always the low ranking dog behind a 13 yr old GSP. The GSP recently passed, and the GWP was terribly lonely. We rescued a beautiful 2 yr old male, but he's a bully, and is determined to establish his position in the house.

He never challenges me and understands I'm the boss. When I am home he won't challenge the 12 yr old, but he often does it when my wife is alone. The 12 yr old is submissive and has no interest in fighting, but has gotten to the point where he is afraid to be anywhere near the 2yr old. Total avoidance is the best way to describe his relationship with the newbie.

Now we feel terribly guilty that the 12 yr old is unhappy. The 2 yr old has never bitten him, but there has been growling and the usual bully posturing. I'm kind of stuck. I know it may have been better if I introduced a female instead, but that's water under the bridge. The 12 yr old has never warmed up to the newcomer and probably still misses his companion of 11yrs the GSP (even though he's been gone for a year). They were best friends and never got in a fight ever! Any suggestions?
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PostPosted: 12/21/07, 1:23 pm    Post subject: 12 yr old male vs. 2yr old male Reply with quote

Hi,

I have had the same situation happen at my home. I have three wires right now. One is 13 yrs old (Doc) who is neutered - a 5 yr old bitch (Sky) who is spayed and an 1 yr old intact male (Elmo). I got Elmo when he was four months old. All the dogs get along except once in awhile Elmo will challenge Doc & Sky (Doc has no interest in fighting and Sky is the alpha amongst the dogs). When I see Elmo messing with Doc I immediately put him in a down (even if I have to roll him to get it done). Sky always puts him in his place.

The best thing you can do is get the young male into some obedience classes so he learns that he really is not anybody!

Good Luck,

Cathy
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PostPosted: 12/27/07, 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with getting basic obedience training done with the two year old. I'd also consider involving an animal behaviorist to help establish the new dog in your home. Posturing and growling may not be a bad thing IF it helps the two dogs establish the new ground rules.

Sandra Wickwire
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