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My parents recently adopted a 12 year toy poodle from a shelter. They already have an 8 year old toy poodle mix. The older dog is very quiet and cuddly with people, but from the moment they brought him home he's been growling and snapping at their other dog.

The older dog doesn't have any teeth, but their other dog is still getting more nervous and frightened by him. He doesn't fight back, but he'll run away and keep his distance. Is there anything they can do?
 

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In general, when you bring a new dog into the home, it's best to introduce the two dogs on neutral grounds, where neither dog feels territorial. But, too late for that.

Do you know much about the twelve year old that your parents just adopted? What was his past like?

I would normally say you should walk the dogs separately so they each get their own time with you. But, sometimes walking dogs together helps the dogs bond. However, you'd need someone to help, so there was a person walking.g each do, just walking parallel to each other.

Also, feed them separately, do some separate training, and spend time cuddling each dog separately. Always supervise.
Perhaps keep the older dog on a leash, so if he snaps at the 8 year old, you can remove him from the area.
 

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If you haven't had a geriatric blood workup including a thyroid T-4 test, you might want to do that. A low thyroid can cause more aggression issues. Pain can also make a dog grumpy and protective of their space, since it hurts to be jostled. A dog that age probably has some arthritis and might need to be on a supplement or NSAID.
 
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