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how to manage two active pups: one older, one younger.

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I have an 8 year old Australian Cattle dog mix. I recently rescued a 10mo Australian shepherd, which I've had for two weeks.

My blue heeler seems jealous when I'm training the Aussie because he is parked outside my door or window; watching the training session. When I put the Aussie in her crate to train the Heeler, she begins whining.

Also, the Aussie keeps taking the Heeler's toys and chews. The Heeler so far tolerates it, but I have a feeling he'll start showing teeth if she keeps this up.

I currently have the Aussie tethered with a 6ft leash on at all times when we're in the house to slowly introduce more freedom as she learns our trust (book my previous dog trainer suggested, Ruff love).

How do you all handle training multiple dogs and to avoid squabbles from toys and food?

Ps. I had a 6 year Tora Inu when I got my Heeler at 4 months. The Heeler learned quickly to respect the Tora's stuff and they never had issues. It's been three years sin

Thanks!ce the Tora passed.
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Training sessions can swapped. One dog gets worked with then work with the other dog. I did tis separately. The older dog already knew things so I trained to polish that dog's cues while the puppy was trained like a puppy.

Dogs do steal from each other. I tried to keep more than two toys out so they could just swap around. When the puppy got to be too much, I separated them. Crates and gates are your friend annd the older dog needs his/her space.

Food and high value chews such as raw bones I separated the dogs physically. My rule is NEVER feed two dogs together loose next to each other. They get their food and it should be theirs. I use Kennels, crates or gates/doors so each dog eats alone.

I do not bother the dog when eating. Other dogs should not bother the dog when eating. Food time is their time.

I am down to one dog now. He still gets fed in a separate place (garage) as do the two cats (one eats on the screen porched and the other inside by the water bowl). After eating they are all together again (about 15 minutes).
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