We picked up our new 6 month old pointer puppy on the weekend I think both my OH and i really underestimated just how much work it is going to be! She's a very quiet girl and our other dog Buckley is the complete opposite. They seem to get along fine but we're having a lot of trouble keeping Buckley in line. He jumps on/pushes/bites her anytime they're not sleeping. He doesn't let her have any toys and we have to psychically restrain him when we feed them because he will push her out of the way to get her food. Yesterday we gave them a bone each and he took the both of them and she just walked away disinterested. I find the problem is that she doesn't stick up for herself (although i have noticed on a few occasions that Abbie has gone up to Buckley and stirred him up) and Buckley doesn't know when enough is enough. She growls and snaps at Buckley but he ignores it. Our only savour at the moment is the water spray bottle. We call it Buckley Repellant.
Has anyone been through anything similar..? I know Abbie is still settling in but i really need to get this sorted. Is it too soon to be thinking about getting a dog trainer in?
I go back to work on wednesday but i really don't feel comfortable leaving them together so i'm not sure what i'm going to do there. I can only think of leaving her crated all day but that seems so cruel.
Anyway here's some photos of the terrible two!