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Q: Dog jealousy / Growling behavior

September 24, 2008 | By CRIT I. | 9 answers | Expired: 2115 days ago

CRIT I.

My BF and I adopted a third dog from the local SPCA and we're already having issues. My other two dogs(shih Tzu - Lhasa Mixes) are only a year old and we've had them as babies. Our new dog is a 5-7 yr olds (SPCA estimates) Yorkie Mix. He was just abandoned but seemed to have come from a decent background since he's housebroken and knows most basic commands. Our only two issues seem to be the incessent barking and his jealousy. The biggest issue is his jealousy and growling at the other dogs. He wants to sit on our lap but when the other dogs want to sit on the couch too he growls and snaps at them. He growls at my boyfriend and I when we try to pick him up and put him in his crate because of his behavior. He's snapped at our one dog cause she was trying to play with him. Otherwise he's a really nice dog. Any advice??

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Julie
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Sep 25, 2008

I agree with the posts, and especially think you should watch Victoria Stillwell in "It's Me or the Dog." She goes into situations like these all of the time, and the shows run on Animal Planet. I have learned so much!
Number 1: You are the Alpha in your house. All dogs need to know that you are. BF is Alpha too, no difference. People are Alpha, then dogs are below you.
Regarding the sofa, Stand up whenever he acts bad while on the sofa. Don't sit back down until he backs up or sits down, signalling that he is aware that you want something from him. Repeat the process until he is able to get on the sofa without growling, snapping or biting. Be patient, but firm and quick.
When the new dog becomes more at ease in where he fits into the doggie chain of command, he will begin to bark less. If he barks when you are home, leave the room, or remove him from that room, but don't put him in his crate. It needs to be his safe place.
The black MinPin just "found" us last month!

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Lynn C.
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Sep 25, 2008

First, don't use the crate a punishment. This is to be used as a safe place. It sounds like the yorkie is not being nice because he wants you all to himself. My Duchess did this with my hubby when we got her and to this day she will still sometimes growl at Dixie if she is sitting next to her dad. What we did, and still do, is tell her no and demand that she sits on the floor, not next to my hubby. Your yorkie needs to know that if he wants to sit with the family, he has to behave himself. Good luck.

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Stephanie  C.
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Sep 25, 2008

It sounds like the Yorkie came from a one-dog house. That and the fact that he's older leands him to believe he's top dog. You, as the human, need to make it clear that YOU are top dog. The canine hierarchy follows after that. Because your other two dogs are so young, you may have to allow the yorkie to be alpha canine, then the others according to rank.
You need to feed them in order, greet them in order, etc. Once this is established, and it's been made clear to him that agression will not be tolerated, you should see him calm down.

Good luck!

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InZeee
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Sep 25, 2008

I agree that watching "The Dog Whisperer" Cesar Milan would give you some pointers on how to be the leader of the pack. You can buy his dvds at Petco and probably other stores. Reading the answer by Kimberly F, I would not stay out of the issue. Georgia may one day get tired of being submissive and this always lowers her confidence. A professional dog trainer should be able to point out some factors that may contributing to this behavior. Good Luck and please be patient with your dogs. It is not easy correcting this behavior and they will need your dedication.

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Kimberly F.
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Sep 25, 2008

I am dealing with this also in my home, Bindi 6yr Aussie and Georgia 5mos Pit Bull. Bindi growls constantly at Georgia. Bindi does not attempt to bite, just growls. Bindi has never behaved this way with any other animal. It is happening less and less but is still an issue. We allow Bindi to display this behaviour because when she growls Georgia goes into a submissive posture. I feel as long as one dog is dominant and the other is submissive and nobody gets hurt that I should just stay out of it.

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Linda T.
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Sep 25, 2008

A much better show to watch is "It's me or the dog". There is a very good book called "Feeling outnumbered" for any multiple dog families. It is better to teach the dogs that the other dogs will bring better things for them.

Because aggression is very hard to work with I do agree that it is better to work with a professional.

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Amber M.
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Sep 24, 2008

When our latest rescue started this we would put him on the floor the minute that he growled. After afew minutes of holding the other dog we would invite him back up. After a few tmes he realized that if he wanted to be with the family he had to be nice.

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Gwen J.
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Sep 24, 2008

Kelly is right, unfortunately you will have to deal with this since this is probably either why he ended up at the SPCA or a product of being left at a shelter. People sometimes have a hard time disciplining small dogs, but they sometimes need it more than big dogs because little dogs get to be on your lap etc. I would definitely try to watch some of The Dog Whisperer, just to give you an idea on how to become the leader of the pack, but I honestly think you may want to work with a professional dog trainer also, since they will be able to see what's happening.

Good Luck!

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Kelly R.
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Sep 24, 2008

So do you ever watch "The Dog Whisperer"Great show he teaches you that you need to be the leader of the pack be calm and assertive first start off with a long walk with all three dogs side by side and right next to you and only let them on the couch when invited treat them as dogs not humans

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