His Entrance is Grand, This New Big Overbearing Puppy
He pounces, bounces and body slams your small senior dog into the next room.
“Should I let them play like this?”
The short answer is: No. Not like that. Not even in the “name of socialization!”
Small senior dogs do get bullied and terrorized by large bossy puppies. Your job is to watch and referee.
Here are 3 critical tips you should put into practice immediately. Especially if, in the sport of play, your senior is handicapped by size and temperament.
Protect Your Senior Dog At All Costs
Despite every body language effort to “just say no”, your senior is still used as a chew toy by your new puppy, immediately ring the bell and end the round.
Rethink your approach to appropriate play before your senior has to escalate things to a level of aggression to fend off this well-meaning but obnoxious puppy.
Actively supervise play between the two and every time your puppy intensifies the play, time him out in the crate for 5 minutes and then reintroduce him later when he’s calm.
Properly Manage Your Pushy Puppy
Take full advantage of crates or exercise pens.
Containing your puppy will allow your senior to, once again, take full advantage of “life as he once knew it.”
He will feel more at ease stretching out on the living room floor for a peaceful nap with no interruptions.
You can also separate them with doggie gates giving your puppy his romping space and your senior his peace of mind.
When supervising their play, consider playtime with the two of them.
But have the puppy on a leash for instant separation if needed.
Exercise and Train Your Brash Puppy
The phrase “A tired dog is a good dog” still works today. In fact, the best time to do supervised play between your two dogs is after you have exercised your puppy and he’s tired.
Think about that concept for a minute. Manage his energy with a good game of fetch and tug-of-war and you just might get less arousal from him and a more peaceful playtime with your senior dog.
As you begin to do some basic obedience training it’s important to keep in mind that doing doggie push-ups (sit, down, sit, down, etc.) for 2-3 minutes can create mental fatigue.
His reward for doing a great job will be playing with your senior.
As you begin to work him on his obedience training, a direct benefit will be better listening skills.
The consistency and repetition of simple sits and downs will soon foster discipline in other commands like “Off!” and “Leave it!” as he interacts with your senior.
Practice calling your puppy away from play with your senior.
First in lower intense play and then in moderate intense play as you have successes with him.
This will better prepare him for good, timely successes when you call him out of heated play.
Let your puppy drag a light leash as he plays. This will give you a better advantage during play.
Hopefully you can put these tips to good practice and create a happier, safer playtime for both your puppy and your senior dog.
Of course, the opposite can happen as well. It could be the puppy that needs protecting. In that case, the same tips apply, just in reverse!
Together We Can Raise A Happy and Obedient Dog
You got your dog for a reason. You wanted to share your life with a happy and loving dog. But now, your dog has big problems and life is not happy.
I can help you get that happy, well behaved dog back. We’ll work together at your speed and both you and your dog will have fun every step of the way.