Puppy - Older dog out of sorts

A short back ground, We have a (apox 6 )year old rescue,Pry name Duke, Was found with a collar that said, please someone love me! and that his owners were mean to him. So we now had him now 6 to 8 mnts! He has some aggression , around food with our other dogs,but they get alone fairly well.;NOW! New 8 week old puppy name Ellie, She comes from a good breeder and mom and dad are great dogs. she is doing great already, but Duke will snap at her and ignore her , stay away from her and now duke has gone back to # 1 and # 2 in the house, we dont want to yell and wip or be mean in any way to him, We know that it will take time and understanding ; but are afraid to leave her alone, so for now Ellie in being crate trained while we away.We dont want to prolong leaving her in a crate, we hate that so!!! Any advice;THANKS CK in va.

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Mar 21, 2018
Crate training
by: Donna

Crates are good.

Duke sounds like he is feeling out of sorts. Never resort to force or punishment for any dog. They do what they do for a reason. Reward for wanted behaviour and redirect for unwanted behaviour.

You need to spend as much time with Duke as you do with the pup. When you are playing with pup, make sure Duke gets the same time with you at the same time...for now. With time, Duke should come to accept the pup as long as he gets equal attention.

Crate-training is always advised for pups for at least a year or so. It is safer for pup and your home since pups will get into trouble. The crate becomes a safe place for the pup. It's his getaway, too, even when you're there. He learns that when he goes in the crate, no one will bother him. He can sleep since pups need a lot of sleep at this stage.

People think crates are awful. They are not. At 8 weeks old, however, he cannot be left in there for extended periods since his bladder will not allow it.

Again, a crate keeps a dog safe from getting into any trouble when you are not there and, right now, safe from Duke. And, crates are only awful if dogs are left in for unwarranted extended periods of time. And, they should never be used as punishment. Dogs should never be punished because they do not understand.

Each time she goes into the crate, say something like, 'in your house'. They get to learn that phrase.

Make sure the crate is big enough for the dog to stand up in, turn around and lie down full out.

Here is a URL to a crate training handout which will be useful for you. http://info.drsophiayin.com/crate-training-handout

And, another URL about what a pup might do when crate training.

https://drsophiayin.com/blog/entry/labrador_pups_barking_and_whining_when_crated_is_driving_owner_crazy/

Give it time, patience and consistency.

Mar 21, 2018
introductions
by: Anonymous

Just to add a bit to the good advice you received from the club: you need to be very careful from now on with how you treat Duke when you are all together. I hope he's been neutered. If not, you should have that done ASAP.
You have not had Duke long enough for him to completely trust you. Building trust can take years. It's a very fragile thing especially when a dog has been abused. One tiny misstep on your part could destroy all your work in a nano-second.
Crate training for your youngster is super important. Never raise your voice in anger. Never threaten with a rolled newspaper or a raised hand. Do not challenge him or her in any way. Your voice and your hands should always be a comfort to your dogs.
Sit between them, on a chair, at feeding time. The pup must learn manners and she must be trained to accept you petting her while she's eating and taking away her dish, if you choose to. She must never approach Duke's dish.
When spending time with your pup, always include Duke. He will accept her in his own time, and not before. You cannot hurry this up, it will be his decision. You can help him to relax by always offering him treats first, his food dish first, a hug and a pat first. In other words, he's always your #one. Puppies are irresistible. In time she will win him over, never fear.
Best of luck with this. Take your time. Be consistent.


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