long time reader, first time poster. I have a one year old GSP (female/spayed) who I adore, and who'se been an absolute joy. thinking she'd love a companion I recently jumped at the opportunity to grab a 9 w/o female Vizsla pup from a very good litter. she arrived 3 days ago and came out of the crate full of fun, friendly and supremely confident. honestly, she's been the easiest pup I've ever worked with and I'm delighted with her. I thought my GSP was delighted too because she doted on her and presented her with her toys and allowed her to sleep in her arms the first night home.
the problems started yesterday. if I put them out together my GSP harasses the pup mercilessly. she bounces around her, blocks her way, and sort of pecks at her with an open mouth. shes isnt biting and the pup isnt yelping but its very ugly to watch and my GSP never tires of the game. the GSP competes in obedience and is very well trained but there's no calling her off the pup. Her focus is unlike anything I've ever seen. I have to physically drag her away.
At first the pup responded with a total submissive display and rolled on her back but today she's all teeth and snarling and trying to fight back. my GSP still isn't drawing blood and the pup still isnt yelping but the more the pup ratchets up the more worried I get. judging by the way my GSP is moving I think the pup is definitely biting her for real now.
I've been advised to just let them sort it out themselves but I fear I'm going to ruin a perfectly good pup that way. Can anyone offer advise on how to proceed? Am I overreacting? I'd rather rehome her than consider indefinite seperation because the new pup is more for my GSP's sake than mine.
I would keep the adult away from the pup at times, like for going outside. The pup definetly needs to gain her own confidence. When the pup is a bit bigger you will know when they are handling things better together...
I have run into this too, but not with another dog in my own home. My boy's cousin and his wife have a 5 month old lab who is RELENTLESS around Gunner. He is always in his face and knocking him over and putting his big paws all over him. The one thing Truckee won't do though is bite down on Gun, he only plays with an open mouth or he tucks his lips under his teeth. I let them play until I feel like Truckee or Gun are getting a bit too rough (it's only really bad when Truckee gets a running start and topples my pup over) But I have noticed when we have Truck sit/stay Gunner is a little instigator and will wiggle away from me and nip at his face and ears, and Gunner DOES latch down. Once they get bigger I am sure they will be fine together, though. Hope all works out for you.