New pack member training question
I have just adopted a collie/ staffy pup (9 months) and already have a maltese/toy poodle (moodle) whom is nearly 14 months old. I have already read and practiced positive reinforcement with both dogs and I have found and encouraged our moodle to show the collie where her rank is.. My question is about treats .. I have found that If I give a bone to both dogs for being good the maltese will take the collies bone off her and will take possesion of it. (she already has her bone.. ) No agression is shown and I dont want to encourage it either.. I have taken that bone and given it back to the collie . and a strong No seems to get the reaction to leave it alone. How do I stop my moodle from being intimidated when the collie is eating her given treat without making her ( the moodle) submissive and withdrawn.. (its only a new problem but I would like to nip it in the bud so no further problems arise.. )
Answer: New pack Member training question
A little like bring a new child home to an older child that gets it first brother/sister. Avoid at all cost that the new dog gets all the attention, as this will lead to bullying when you are not there. Pat both dogs at same time if possible, treat both dogs equal, be a good leader to both - don't carry either on lap or on anything high. Best thing is not to have two animals from the same sex as there is more likely a leadership battle. Would give bones / feed initially in separate areas, allowing the new dog to settle, especially if had traumatic past. Supervise things initially and ensure that they stay on their own side. Never leave food or other resources for them to fight over, eg remove bones at certain time. Settling in period is more management and good leadership on your behalf. Stay calm, be in charge, and don't molly coddle either dog.