3 year male vs. 9 week old female

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Hi. This is my 1st post.  I have a 3 yr blue male named Titan.  He is a great dog.  2 Weeks ago I added a 7 week old red female to my family.  She is now 9 weeks.  She is very smart and doing well on potty and crate training. 

The issue I am having is the female gets down and wants to play with the male.  She has her tail wagging and jumping around.  The male is hits her with his paws, holds her down with paws and is biting her.  Also puts her whole head inside his mouth, bites her neck, back and sometimes she squeals in pain and runs to me.  The male is also taking everything away from her, his toys her toys.. blankets everything.  I know he is jealous.

This past weekend was very very stressful.  I am not only watching the new puppy on potty training I have to separate them.  I think she wants to play and he is playing very rough that now she is peeing when he pins her down and she has started to growl and roll her lip up and attack him.  I am trying to separate them and have gotten bitten several times by the new puppy.  I don’t get mad at her I have read that is the wrong way because she just thinks I am part of the conflict.  I have tried squirting them with water, doesn’t phase them.  So my questions are.  Will it get better?  Is the fact that she is 9 weeks and growling lip rolled up and basically jumping on him and biting him a sign of aggression? What should my plan of attack to stop the conflict before it starts?

I have enrolled her in puppy obedience classes but they do not start yet. I had a doberman puppy before and introduced him to my older male hunting dog and there was no aggression.  They would take turns on who was going to be dominate which was funny but this is exhausting to say the least.  I have taken her to my boyfriends to give her some 1 on 1 time and the male can get some 1 on 1 time with my daughter but it seems like the fighting is getting worse.

Any advice would be great.  Also I did not introduce them on neutral ground.

 

Thanks!

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Hi and welcome to the forum! I saw the piccies on the other post, beautiful dogs btw.

 It sounds like you need to protect the puppy, she is not big enough to play unsupervised and you need to show Titan that its uncool to play rough. It sounds like she is just being puppy playful (attacking) but the peeing is super submissive, they should not be allowed to get out of hand.  Alot of dogs can play with another on their 'level', my Bella does it naturally, but Titan may just get too excited.

I think it is normal to show some jealousy or dominance by the 1st dog, when a new dog is added. It needs to be curbed, eliminated as much as possible. Reinform Titan who is boss and pack leader.

Take heart, the kids will hopefully become great pals, just let her grow big enough 1st. And show Titan lots of extra love. He just lost his humans to and intruder.

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Hello again jbrown.. I was so curious to see the responses on this issue as we're facing exactly the same thing with Sofia and our new rescued puppy.

.. When the pup disrupts La Diva's beauty sleep, Sofia will growl and the Baby Bella will leave her be.. When playing they do the same.. Sofia will stand in one spot and watch Bella fly around like a lunatic and seems a bit amused, but she ( Sofia) has flipped her over on her back and tried to lay down on top.. You can imagine the piercing squeals that come from the baby.. That is not allowed.. as long as the two play nice, mouth and chase... all is well, but if it looks like it's getting too rough ( and many times it does escalate.) we interrupt the play. It's a fine line. watch the body language. ( no hackles.. eyes soft.. air nips.. play bow.. and when Titan asks you to intervene, and he might..Do so immediately.

Always allow Titan to know he's top dog.. Feed him first, give him the praise first.. allow him to go outside first ( you get the drift) jealousy can arise..

Good luck and if you manage to get any photos.. please post. I haven't been able to get anything but rear-ends in my lens.. lol

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per jbrown:  This past weekend was very very stressful.  I am not only watching the new puppy on potty training I have to separate them.  I think she wants to play and he is playing very rough that now she is peeing when he pins her down and she has started to growl and roll her lip up and attack him.....Is the fact that she is 9 weeks and growling lip rolled up and basically jumping on him and biting him a sign of aggression?

What you're seeing is your puppy not being aggressive, but trying to be protective.  Your male might not realize during play that he is hurting her with his big feet, and biting play is just how some dogs play.  The thing is, he is multiple times bigger and stronger than her, and even in innocent play, could accidentally hurt her.  She is growling and lifting up her lip and attacking him, just trying to 'stand her ground' and trying to convey the message to him to "BACK OFF, BUB".  You definitely need to supervise the play between them to insure that he doesnt get too rough with her and in turn, she doesnt try to be bigger than he is, and tick him off. Dont allow any roughness at this point.  Teach them both to play gentle.  It will pay off in the long run.