Why Does My Older Dog Hate My New Puppy?

How do you get an older dog to accept a new puppy?

Getting Started

  • Separate resources for each dog, so each has their own bed, crate, food and water bowls, and toys.
  • Treats.
  • A treat bag you can wear on your belt so as to have access to treats at all times.
  • A crate for the puppy.
  • A pen or pet gates to corral the pup and provide the oldie with peace.
  • A clicker.
  • A squeaky toy.

How long will it take for my older dog to like the new puppy?

After about three weeks, some play between the adults and the puppy begins, although with two of our three dogs it takes maybe four or five weeks before they will choose to play with the pup.

Will my older dog ever like my puppy?

Many older dogs will be upset, jealous, or even angry with a new puppy, especially if the older dog has been an only dog. Let your old dog have some peace. If your old dog tries to teach your puppy how to be a good dog, let him as long as his corrections are appropriate.

Should I let my older dog growl at my puppy?

The older dog may growl, especially if the pup is too rambunctious, but if he shows no other aggressive signs, you can let him off the leash. Continue to supervise their interactions until you are confident that they’re getting along and no one is in danger of being bit.

What do you do when an older dog attacks a puppy?

  1. Keep dog intros slow. That goes for the initial meeting but also the next couple of days and weeks.
  2. Prevention.
  3. Re-direct the younger dog from your older dog.
  4. Seek out positive experiences.
  5. Calmly have both dogs sit and then give them treats.
  6. Dogs really do live in the moment.
  7. Dogs adapt.
  8. Humans need to move on too.

How do you stop an older dog from being aggressive to a puppy?



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What do I do when my old dog doesn’t like my new dog?

6 Tips for Peace between Your Old Dog and Young One

  • Obedience Training is Imperative. You are in charge of creating peace in your household and the rowdy younger dog and potentially grumpy old dog are not allowed to disrupt that peace.
  • Prevent Arguments and Fusses.
  • Exercise is Great.
  • Teach the Younger Dog Respect.
  • Give Each Dog some Space.
  • Special Time with Each Dog.