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    DefaultHelping to adjust older dog with our new puppy

    Hi
    Well we finally brought our 8 1/2 week chocolate lab home last Friday, he's been doing great so far. Problem is our 4 year old yellow lab (female) is not to
    thrilled with him at all We are finding that she's a bit rough with him and does not seem to like him. Any suggestions on how we can make these two get along
    in the end. I have been putting the puppy in a play yard when our older one is getting rough and snarling, some people have said we should not do this, that we should let them be together as much as we can and let them figure it out. I'm just afraid the puppy will get hurt. We've been giving extra attention to the older lab since getting the pup so she doesn't feel like she's being replaced.
    Anything I am sure will help
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    Define snarling. Dogs play loud and rough sometimes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Labradorable View Post
    Define snarling. Dogs play loud and rough sometimes.
    Especially Labs.

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    Does your puppy appear afraid of your older dog? Is your older dog baring her teeth? Any piloerection on the part of the older dog (hair standing up on her back)?
    Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.

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    No hair standing up on the older one and the puppy is definitely not afraid of the older dog, seems to be the other way around. When the pup was playing with a blanket tonight and rolling around, out of nowhere the older dog just came charging him. Not sure what our older one thought, but it scared the crap out of me, lol. I put the pup in the play yard right away. Not sure how long it can take for a dog to adjust to a new puppy, but would love for it to go more smooth than it seems to be going.

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    Can you expand on what "charging" looks like? Is there a play bow involved? What is your older dog's body language like?
    Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.

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    It took Emma almost a week before she would walk on the floor when Maxx came home. She still was not sure she liked him, I honestly think she got tired of walking on the top/back of the furniture. She.did a good bit of snarling and "mean talking" to him for awhile. She was never obviously aggressive just almost mean. One day they became friends and that was that. Not to say he does not piss her off from time to time but in general they are great together. The noises when they play bitey face would make you think someone was being mauled!
    Perhaps the puppy wrapped in the blanket startled your older lab, I can see Emma attached to a ceiling fan if Maxx had done that, actually she probably still would be!
    Definitely listen to Sharon's advice, I just wanted you to know that I had a similar situation when er brought Maxx home. Good luck!:
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    Does the scene look something like this:


    Puppy continues to yap at snarling older dog oblivious to the dog language they have not learned yet.
    It has been my experience that the older dog never hurt the dumb puppy. I did not interfere. In both cases, the older dog accepted the pup in time. Often, puppies were accepted immediately by older dogs, but sometimes it takes time.

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    ^^^ Great post! Nothing better than visual aides!
    Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitziandjudysmom View Post
    Does the scene look something like this:


    Puppy continues to yap at snarling older dog oblivious to the dog language they have not learned yet.
    It has been my experience that the older dog never hurt the dumb puppy. I did not interfere. In both cases, the older dog accepted the pup in time. Often, puppies were accepted immediately by older dogs, but sometimes it takes time.
    OMGOMG ! I didn't realise that your dogs were so viscious :-)

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