Help! My puppy is biting my older dog
Soon after we got our puppy I noticed she was biting at our older dogs ears, legs and face. I figured the puppy just wanted to play with him but the older dog didn’t want any parts of it. I didn’t know what to do so I Googled “how to stop puppy from biting older dog?” Here is what I learned as why they do it and how to stop it.
I learned the puppy wants to play and is trying to show dominance, remember you are the leader of the pack. It’s up to you to stop this behavior.
Follow The Leader (that’s you)
As the pack leader you’ll want to make sure that all the members needs are met and they treat each other with respect. Work with your new puppy to learn basic commands sit, come, stay and down and review those with your older dog.
Puppies have loads of energy. They need to get lots of exercise to get that energy burnt off on a daily basis. Play with your puppy both inside and outside so he won’t be as likely to demand attention from your older dog. With you as the leader include your older dog in walks to establish a good mindset of the pack.
Keep your new puppy busy with engaging toys and activities. Puppies are a lot like small kids and need some distraction. Keeping their minds busy discourages other behaviours we don’t necessarily want him to do. Research by breed and teach them a job that matches their instinctive behavior. For instance, terriers are known to hunt, retrievers for getting things and bringing them back.
Both dogs have their own position in the pack, do not allow either to overstep their boundaries. Do not let your puppy to continually harass your older dog. The older dog should defend himself but not over rule the puppy or vice versa. Treat all pets the same to correct assertive behavior.
At first glance the two dogs may look as though they are fighting. Sometimes however they actually be just playing. Do not interfere in their engagement if they are having fun. Stand back and watch how they interact to learn cues as to if and when it’s time to step in. Sharing of dog toys is fine, however if one is playing and the other takes it you as the pack leader should remove the toy and correct the dog that intercepted. Using these tips your puppy and older dog should be able to inhabit together without the puppy harassing and biting your older dog.