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    My dog is mean to my other dog, who's blind. I need help

    I have two dogs. Sophie is 6 years old and Annabell is 1 1/2 years old. Well yesterday I learned that Sophie has SARDS and is blind. Annabell shows no mercy. Her puppy self attacks Sophie all the time, especially in the face. I don't know how to teach/train Annabell that thats not okay. I know that she just wants to play, but Sophie literally can't defend herself now. I was thinking that, along with training, I would get another dog that way Annabell could be distracted from Sophie and she can have her own playmate. Maybe that's just a crazy idea, but I just don't know what to do. I want Sophie to live the rest of her life in peace. She is confused now that shes blind and it doesn't help when she is randomly attacked. Also Annabell does have a bell on her collar, but it still doesn't really help that much. What can I do?

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    I'm not qualified to give advice, but I think you are doing the right thing by taking it seriously. I've read how some dogs are aggressive to blind dogs because the blind dogs aren't reacting to signals the seeing dog is giving off and sending them. The breakdown in communication between dogs can lead to serious problems, because of the disadvantage of the blind dog, and also the fact that the blind dog may lash out strongly because of their vulnerability. I don't know what you should do in this situation besides continue to try to find advice from someone experienced.

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    Keep the dogs separated. It's not fair to the blind one to constantly be attacked.
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    I will try anything, but I don't think that keeping them separated will work because Annabell is very attached to Sophie and has separation anxiety if Sophie is not there. Its an odd situation. That's why I was wondering if getting another dog would be helpful at all. My thinking was Annabell could have her own dog playmate so she wont need Sophie to play with, but Sophie would still be there. The new dog and Annabell could entertain each other. Even before Sophie went blind she was always a very calm dog and Annabell is the polar opposite. She has so much energy in her, and Sophie just doesn't want to play especially now that she is blind. Maybe its a crazy idea thinking about getting a third dog, after all theres no telling if it would react to Sophie that same way Annabell does.

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    Maybe try this: Every time Annabell attacks Sophie you need to remove Sophie and yourself from the room and go into another room and shut the door so that Annabell is left alone away from the two of you until she calms down. Being ignored and isolated is one of the worst punishments a dog can endure and over time Annabell will come to realize that attacking Sophie results in her being isolated away from the two of you, so hopefully she'll learn quickly not to attack Sophie. Also, focus on exercising Annabell more so she'll be too tired to play rough with Sophie.

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    I understand the idea, but I would be very wary of the "I don't know how to solve a problem between my dogs so I'll try getting another dog" thing. I'm guessing introducing a new dog right now would be more of a step in the wrong direction and possibly a big one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by preslee View Post
    I will try anything, but I don't think that keeping them separated will work because Annabell is very attached to Sophie and has separation anxiety if Sophie is not there. Its an odd situation. That's why I was wondering if getting another dog would be helpful at all. My thinking was Annabell could have her own dog playmate so she wont need Sophie to play with, but Sophie would still be there. The new dog and Annabell could entertain each other. Even before Sophie went blind she was always a very calm dog and Annabell is the polar opposite. She has so much energy in her, and Sophie just doesn't want to play especially now that she is blind. Maybe its a crazy idea thinking about getting a third dog, after all theres no telling if it would react to Sophie that same way Annabell does.
    Or a new dog could go the opposite way and you'll end up with two dogs ganging up on your blind dog.

    Is she ATTACKING her or trying to play with her? I don't know which from the post. A year and a half is a bit old to be acting like an all out puppy that can't control itself. I would personally suggest working on a leave it method and applying it to your dog when she is going too far in play. I would also read Rev up, cool down by Virginia Wild and finding another outlet for your dogs energy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThoseWordsAtBest View Post
    Or a new dog could go the opposite way and you'll end up with two dogs ganging up on your blind dog.

    Is she ATTACKING her or trying to play with her? I don't know which from the post. A year and a half is a bit old to be acting like an all out puppy that can't control itself. I would personally suggest working on a leave it method and applying it to your dog when she is going too far in play. I would also read Rev up, cool down by Virginia Wild and finding another outlet for your dogs energy.
    I am pretty sure shes just playing. She has always been really rough at playing and she growls like a tasmanian devil. I have NEVER heard a dog growl like this before, its very deep despite her being a 20lb dog. It's almost scary; you can hear her all the way inside when they are outside. She has never drawn blood or anything though. I have no idea how or why she acts like this. She is the most friendly dog towards people and when she first meets a dog she is submissive; she lays on her back with tail between her legs. But then once shes warmed up to the dog, she starts getting like this. She plays almost obsessively to a point where its annoying to even hyper/playful dogs. I know she needs a lot of training, but honestly I don't know were to begin. She knows "sit" and shes very good at sitting when I tell her to. Tomorrow I will try working on the "leave it" command. Also a lot of times when she is attacking Sophie its because she gets insanely jealous when you pet Sophie. Even when you pet both at the same time, she still doesn't like the fact that you aren't giving her your full and undivided attention.

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    Re: My dog is mean to my other dog, who's blind. I need help

    Quote Originally Posted by preslee View Post
    I am pretty sure shes just playing. She has always been really rough at playing and she growls like a tasmanian devil. I have NEVER heard a dog growl like this before, its very deep despite her being a 20lb dog. It's almost scary; you can hear her all the way inside when they are outside. She has never drawn blood or anything though. I have no idea how or why she acts like this. She is the most friendly dog towards people and when she first meets a dog she is submissive; she lays on her back with tail between her legs. But then once shes warmed up to the dog, she starts getting like this. She plays almost obsessively to a point where its annoying to even hyper/playful dogs. I know she needs a lot of training, but honestly I don't know were to begin. She knows "sit" and shes very good at sitting when I tell her to. Tomorrow I will try working on the "leave it" command. Also a lot of times when she is attacking Sophie its because she gets insanely jealous when you pet Sophie. Even when you pet both at the same time, she still doesn't like the fact that you aren't giving her your full and undivided attention.
    It sounds like she doesn't understand what is socially acceptable amongst dogs. One of my girls was like this for a long time. She WANTS to play, but she makes bear noises and was really rough, throwing out mixed body signals and generally putting other dogs off.

    It sounds like she has a few issues going on. Have you looked for a trainer in your area? It would probably be a big help to get a professional involved so they can help you work on her problems and dissolve her issues with Sophie.

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    feel sorry about that,you need to separate them

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