Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 19

Thread: puppy aggressive to new pup

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    South Burnett QLD
    Posts
    8

    Default puppy aggressive to new pup

    I have a 14week old Bull terrier male & was given a 7 week old female bully. The male is being quite aggressive to the new pup.He has drawn blood on her ear. This morning I was feeding them & the male attacked the pup then bit me. They are fed seperatly.They are both asleep on the lounge together now????
    Last edited by shaz805; 12-18-2011 at 07:58 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Southern NSW
    Posts
    3,784

    Default

    Dogs disagreeing with one another when one is new often happens, but drawing blood, especially on a puppy is not that good (unless it has super soft skin and is accidental)

    Is there anyone you know who has some dog behaviour knowledge who can actually see the dogs interact.

    Sometimes it can be the puppy's fault, if it does not heed the warning signs and has no "dog manners". But if these are present and it is submissive to the older dog, you have to be very careful this puppy does not get really damaged. Especially if the older dog bit you.
    Have you been paying the new puppy lots of attention and ignoring the older dog? That can also lead to the older dog getting to the point where he may get frustrated and bite the pup.
    When you bring a new puppy in the house you have to be careful that you spread your attention equally, or if anything give more attention, such as training sessions, to the dog already insitu.

    Also after this one (hopefully only one) do they now get on better, you say they are now sleeping together?

    Most older dogs are good with puppies, but some puppies are little ratbags and need to be shown where their position in life is. They are also softer, so they can get a little "damaged".
    But I still think it would be best if they were observed by someone who can figure this out for you, if you are not confident in reading your dogs.

    Also a question was the puppy 8 weeks when it left the litter?

    I would definitely give your male his own space at feeding time. And give him some sort of token, when you feed the little puppy the extra meals. Also at present just feed him first, make sure he does not feel pushed aside by the new little "intruder"
    Pets are forever

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    South Burnett QLD
    Posts
    8

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by shaz805 View Post
    I have a 14week old Bull terrier male & was given a 7 week old female bully. The male is being quite aggressive to the new pup.He has drawn blood on her ear. This morning I was feeding them & the male attacked the pup then bit me. They are fed seperatly.They are both asleep on the lounge together now????
    Sorry male pup is 13weeks old not 13mths
    Last edited by shaz805; 12-18-2011 at 07:59 PM.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    South Burnett QLD
    Posts
    8

    Default

    the new puppy is 7weeks only got her yesterday. With the male Taj 14weeks i have always patted & put my hand in food bowl telling him good boy. Tonight fed them again seperately but when i went to pat & praise Taj he really snapped at me, I managed to grab his collar before he could do any damage to me.He is still getting lots of attention & cuddle

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Southern NSW
    Posts
    3,784

    Default

    If they are both such young puppies, I would not be too worried. i would intervene, but just give the older pup some "time-out"......Still biting you is not so nice. We still use "time-out" a lot for our puppies. Not for long, just a very short time. Sometimes the tim-out can be you and the young puppy leaving the older pup. Puppies hate being left. it is a way pups are treated if they are rough in their litter. the others will not interact with it. "time-out"

    And sorry I read that wrong...i just read 14 months LOL
    Pets are forever

  6. #6

    Default

    Do you know anyone with well trained and socialised adult bull terrier(or otherwise staffy or other bully breed)? The older pup might need some teaching on how to play nice and a bigger older dog can do it effecticvely in my experience. My staffy spent a lot of time with my mates two adult APBT's when he was young and quickly learnt that biting hard was not acceptable. I had little pin holes all over my hands and arms from when Jack was a pup, they don't know the strength of their bite and how to control it(this came from playing, not snapping at me though). It should be something they learn over time, but it sounds like the older one has some aggressive tendancies that could possibly be sorted by an older dog. Otherwise an experienced dog trainer is the other option. I'm not sure i'd rush into the dog trainer option while they're so young but i wouldn't want to leave it go too long either as the longer you leave it the harder it will be to fix. Newfies time out idea sounds like it has merit, so that would be worth trying too IMO
    Last edited by mymatejack; 12-18-2011 at 10:42 PM.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    South Burnett QLD
    Posts
    8

    Default puppy aggression

    Last night feed was scary. I gave Taj (14week) his meal first then put Narlas (7week) Went over to Taj to give him his usual pats & praise while eating . Lucky for me he had his collar on as he just turned on me growling & trying to attack.I was able to grab him by his collar to avoid grtting bitten. It was really scary as i have a 5year old daughter as well.Narla refused to eat her dinner after hearing Taj. Taj has done 3 weeks at puppy preschool & has been really good.He lets the new pup drink out of his water bowl.They both drink together.
    Dont know anyone else with bullies or staffies but my daughter has 4 mixed breed dogs so maybe i will take him out there.He hasnt socialized with other dogs as there has been a very bad PARVO outbreak in our town
    Should i start feeding him outside & the new pup inside?
    Thanks guys for your ideas

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Southern NSW
    Posts
    3,784

    Default

    I still think it might be best to get someone to look at your older pup to see what sort of aggressive behaviour he is displaying. it is a real shame when puppies miss out on that very important socialisation. To me socialisation is at the top of the list. And I agree, getting some dogs that you know are vaccinated to socialse with this older puppy.

    Whilst the puppy is so aggressive at feeding time, it might be best to feed the older pup in a crate ( if you do not have time to train and feed) and to leave him alone, or at the most just sit next to the crate.

    What I do with older new dogs in my household is the NILF system.....I feed everything from my hand in tit-bits and when they have done something for it. Even just being polite and softly eating from my hand.

    This young dog might be best of, having to work for his food and not just be given food in a bowl. Keep the younger puppy well away at food time. And ofcourse your little girl.

    It is very hard to do long-distance training on "paper"........I see quite a few dogs with food related issues and making dogs work for their food (training) is often the choice. But I like to see their body language, to see what is happening.

    I belong to the group of people the will socialise no matter what.....To me it is very important to socialise puppies from as soon as you bring them home. I like to do it with as many dogs as possible, different ages and sizes. But if there was Parvo around, I would pick some known vaccinated dogs to still socialise with. That is why I love our Kennel Club. I take all my puppies there from day one. To me socialisation is just the #1 most important thing for puppies. Especially in the 8 weeks to 16 weeks period.

    CAn you tell me what the age of your puppies were when they left the litter?
    Pets are forever

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    SE QLD
    Posts
    2,903

    Default

    Harley has always shown aggression around food since he was little. I've nearly been bitten a few time by him whilst he is eating. I would go and add more food to his bowl and give him praise etc while he's eating to show him I wasn't going to be taking his food away. I can now put my hands in his bowl, take food away and pat him while he eats and he doesn't care unless its a bone. If Bella comes near him though while he is eating he gets very defensive over his food and growls and will sit and guard his food.

    I think you need to separate them before they eat and feed them separately so your older pup can't see your younger one. It probably won't change over night but hopefully eventually it will get better!

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    South Burnett QLD
    Posts
    8

    Default

    Taj the older one was 9 weeks and Narla was 7 weeks. Thank you for your advive. I have never seen any aggression in him before. I have always been able to put my hand in his food bowl etc. As i said last night was quite scary the way he reacted to me

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •