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    Bigger puppy doesn't know when to give smaller puppy a break

    Looking for some advice! We brought home our 10 week old rough collie (Tyke) last Wednesday. We love him to death and were so excited for him to play with his 'cousins'...my sister has a Pyrenees/Anatolian (4 months, Trixie) and my brother in law has an Aussie mix. (10 weeks, Scout)

    He met Trixie today and it was a terrible experience. She just does not know her own strength. We figured it'd be this way to be honest. Trixie's family's kids are terrified of her because she knocks them over and rips their clothes, things like that. Our puppy wants to play with her, but there is a 30 lb difference between them and she SMASHES him into the ground, stomps on his face, and runs over him over and over again in violent zoomies as he lies there crying or trying to get away. His cries don't phase her. Her owners have instructed us to just 'let them play it out', but I feel that that is NOT the way to go here.

    And Scout is coming next week to stay for two weeks. He is MUCH more timid than she is and while we think he will be a perfect playmate for Tyke, the terrible steamroller Trixie will likely not get to play with either puppy unless we can figure out how to control her.

    Is there any way to get a giant puppy to be a little calmer?

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    Re: Bigger puppy doesn't know when to give smaller puppy a break

    worse case scenario.. your injure your pups growth plates causing inflammation to shut the growth of the bones down and have to spend the next two years breaking the bone lengthening your pups legs with metal plates and screws at the orthopedic vet. The rest is just broken back, spinal damage, or other bones.

    you have to protect your baby pup remove them from the situation, crate them .... As far as the other owners of the large pup they need to leash their pup due to the size and strength and long term damage they an do to other breeds.

    I have guardian breeds know the zoomies and how solid hard they can hit something at that age. NO match for your 10wk old. Even playing with the adults I step in and leash a crazy acting pup until they learn more control around the other dogs.

    Same thing with the other pup coming to stay with you, set up a barrier area to start, take them on leashed walks, or leashed play activities in the yard to start. and see how they do.. critical injuries to pups as I described are real .. Appropriate playmates only...

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    Re: Bigger puppy doesn't know when to give smaller puppy a break

    Quote Originally Posted by TobiDaDog View Post
    Her owners have instructed us to just 'let them play it out', but I feel that that is NOT the way to go here.
    Of course they do, because their pup has 30 lbs on yours, and their pup is not on the receiving end.

    It should never reach that point but at the very most, his cries should be your cue to intervene firmly with Trixie. Despite what they've 'instructed', Trixie's owners also need to be made aware that physical and PSYCHOLOGICAL damage can and IS occurring. And that you're the one who has to live with the aftermath, not them.

    Advocate for your pup.

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    Re: Bigger puppy doesn't know when to give smaller puppy a break

    Scout is much closer to Tyke's size so they might be just fine together, but do be aware of littermate syndrome and all of the valid reasons why it is best to raise one puppy at a time so that they can bond with their humans and also learn how to interact appropriately with other dogs and not just their littermates. Trixie may just need to grow up a bit, but your sibling's dismissive attitude towards Tyke's safety needs to be dealt with.

    It isn't appropriate for YOU to be treated this way by a family member who is supposed to love you and have your back. Hopefully this is just ignorance about puppies and not something you have had to accept as "normal". Advocate for yourself if it goes beyond advocating for your dog.

    My Chihuahua/Terrier mixes didn't meet until adolescence, but since Chocolate is twice Laurel's size, I do need to supervise their play and they are never left alone together. Sometimes that meant crating Laurel for her own safety when I didn't have a crate for Chocolate.

    Laurel has always been friendly, outgoing, and loves everybody. I do let her meet and greet large dogs, but it is MY responsibility to protect her so I cannot even take my eyes off of friendly Husky puppies long enough to make appropriate eye contact with their owners. She is ten MONTHS old and only recently has been safe to take to a dog park that has a special area for small dogs under 30 lbs.

    I would describe her as a best case scenario to contrast with the realistic worst-case scenario of a crippled and traumatized puppy. She has never met my "sisters", who are Shetland Sheepdogs with agility degrees who have worked as Therapy dogs. They are still too big to ever be allowed to play with her off leash.
    Yes, they're all mine, yes, I know what causes this, and if you think my hands are full, you should see my heart:

    Laurel the Wonder Dog, born on or about 9/1/18: micro-mutt, li'l yaller dawg, or "All-American".
    Chocolate (Blue Skies O' The Mountains), born 10/4/18: cute little mutt with anxiety issues and talent in Obedience class
    Dark Skies O' The Mountains, C.D., Shetland Sheepdog, crossed the Rainbow Bridge on or about 1986ish
    and the new furbaby, Willow the #AdventureKitty, 7/?/19

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