I am new here so I hope I am posting this in the right forum.
I was hoping to get some thoughts and advice from people out here that may have been hopefully in a similar situation as we are.
5 months ago we bought a Maltese x Shih-tzu (who was 4 months old back then), she is a really good girl (except the rare occasional "surprise" she leaves for us in the lounge room) and we love her very much. Her name is Lily.
We have been thinking of getting a 2nd puppy so Lily has a companion and is not so lonely during the day when we are at work. As this is a big commitment, we gave it a lot of thought and debated for a while. Finally we have decided to get one. We brought home an 8wk old Maltese cross Mini Poodle baby last Sunday, we named her Maggie.
Now, the problem. Lily continuously gets really into her, as in constantly pulls her feet, facial hair, ears, tramples her etc etc ... see this video :
YouTube - Pups part 1
Now this goes on for a about 5-10 minutes , then the little one hides and is scared to come out and Lily runs around like crazy.
We understand that Lily is trying to show Maggie that she is the boss and I understand that in the dog society, when you have a pack, they need to establish who is the number 1 dog. We are just worried obviously as the little one squeals and yelps and cant really stand a chance, although she tries sometimes. We are obviously always around all the time and oversee what is going on, and on few occasions, when it was getting too crazy we had to go with a stern lound "No" and even separate them for a second so things calm down. However, Lily keeps really digging into her.
My gf is terrified and almost cries and just wants to pick up the pup to protect her. Its quite hard to watch the little one get pounded, however, I know that nature itself can be very cruel sometimes and this may just be a case of dog politics that need sorting. We are not sure about any of this. We spoke to the shop and the Vet and we have just been told to let them sort it out of course under supervision in case it gets ugly. We have also been told to treat Lily as the 1st dog for now as that's what she has been so when we come home, Lily gets hello first, first food, first through the door etc .... During the day when we are away, they are separated.
My question is, how long will these fights go for? Is leaving them do it the right thing to do ? We are just worried that the little one will get traumatised or something before she grows up and has a chance to stand up for her self for a fair fight.
any thoughts, suggestions are welcome. Thank you.