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My wife and I have had a tough week with our dogs.
For background information: We have a 2 year old whippet mix who is incredibly high energy. He's playful with familiar dogs, keeps his distance from stranger's dogs and is generally friendly, but apprehensive in situations he is uncomfortable in. We've gotten good at understanding his 'triggers' like loud noises, getting surprised by another dog on a walk, or storms. He gets regular exercise; walks, runs and recently has been getting good at catching Frisbees, but we can only really do that in the very early morning when no one is out. He's fine on walks around other dogs, but would rather not 'meet' most of them, so we typically just move on.
We introduced our 2yo to our rescue pup before we made our final decision and he was fine with meeting him. We adopted him when he was around 3 months old. He's a shorter hound mix that is around 25 lbs.
They've gotten along well: they play together (sometimes getting pretty rough and noisy, but never hurting each other), sleep together and do just fine eating right next to each other. At first, my wife and I switched off either working from home or stopping back at the house to let the little one out every couple of hours. We have our kitchen blocked off and our 2yo is in there and we kennel the little one in the kitchen with him and that seems to work well. I stop home on days that she isn't working from home to let them out.
The issue: We went out of town last weekend and the dogs were staying with my parents. They have been over there a lot and are comfortable with my family and have stayed over there a few weekends.
We got back to their place to pick them up and they were both pretty excited to see us. We were all in a room together, my wife, mother and the two dogs and the little one was under the big dogs legs and it looked like he accidentally bit his penis.
This set our older dog off. He growled and snapped him back into a corner. I got them separated, calmly, and got the older dog outside. The younger dog was fine, but spooked. I gave our older dog some time outside and hung out with him for about ten minutes and then brought him back inside. He seemed fine, but then from across the room, started walking towards the little one and snapped at him again.
We immediately got them on leashes and got them out for a long walk and brought them home. The older dog acted like nothing happened the rest of the day, but the young one was scared still.
The whole week, we've been very diligent about not leaving them alone together. They were 'off' on Monday, fine on Tuesday and seemed back to normal until tonight.
I was gone, but my wife called and said the older dog snapped at the younger one again. She said they were hanging out in our living room like normal, but then the older one started acting a little funky and before she could separate the two, he went after him.
I got home and took him on a very long run and he's tired out. I kept him on the leash inside the house, but our young one wants nothing to do with him.
I plan on calling a behaviourist that can stop by the house to work with both, but I'd love some recommendations, help, or at least hear if anyone else has encountered a similar situation. My hunch is that there is an issue with him being a puppy and our older dog just not enjoying the puppy energy when he doesn't want it.
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