Dogs not getting along:(

Dogs not getting along:(

  1. Lexieandlady
    I have a 5 year old Morkie(Maltese/yorkie mix) and a 4 month old Golden Retriever. We loved the idea of having a small breed and large breed for their uniqueness, but my Morkie doesn't want to be bothered at all, and my Golden wants to play! The Morkie growls and snarls quite viciously until the Golden Puppy(although bigger) backs away. I have been keeping them separated to stop the barking. Any tips on helping them bond? We love them both and our three children love them both.
  2. RaiseTheWoofPaige
    RaiseTheWoofPaige
    I would treat this the same as teaching a dog to leave a cat alone.
    Start with VERY solid basic obedience commands...
    - you will need a clicker, high value rewards such as string cheese, hotdogs or chicken, and a leash
    - start with "charging the clicker" this is something that is going to mark something that the dog does that you like telling them that the behavior will be followed by some type of reward.
    you do this by simply not asking the dog to do anything and just clicking one time and immediately following it with a SMALL reward.
    do this 15-20 times so the dog gets the point, once the dog understands you can begin training, this should be something that you should start most all of your beginning training sessions with so that the dog builds a very solid foundation with the association.
  3. RaiseTheWoofPaige
    RaiseTheWoofPaige
    -you need a "watch me" cue to start. this is going to get your puppy to learn to turn to you when faced with a conflict so you can direct them into something more productive.
    -after you have built a solid "watch me" cue in an area of low distractions you can work on a sit, sit/stay, down, down/stay.
    Zac George has a pretty good library of videos on youtube that would be beneficial for your training.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHrHBZIA5h4
    just remember to keep it short, sweet, and positive. keep your golden nice and exercised prior to training. it is also important to remember to prevent and manage the "bad behavior" before it starts in the first place keep all encounters positive and have fun with it!
    -Paige K., CPDT-KA
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