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Hi there,

Quick-ish question.. I've got an almost 3 month old golden retriever puppy named Lola and she is a handfull and then some... My boyfriends brother of which also lives in the house has a 6yr old Doberman named Molly.. She's been good with Lola from the start, however, now that Lola is getting a bit more crazy she's been going after Molly.. Not in the mean way but she jumps up on her, runs under her belly and bites her legs, shoves her nose in her ears and is relentless on the poor dog.. I tell her no all the time and pull her away and she stops for a few seconds and is right back at it again...

I'm so happy Molly has the tolerance she does with her. But I'm afraid that its gonna stop and Molly will hurt her if she has enough of Lola's biting and stuff..

Anyone have suggestions or should I just let them do their thing until Lola out grows it.. if she does..

Thanks,
Ericka
 

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Quickish answer - Protect the older dog from the younger dog. Young dogs get a free ride until about 10 mos. When the young dog gets over excited, take her aside, have her sit and calm down. She will grow out of it ... but when she is fully vaccinated, find her some puppies with the same energy level.
 

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This is normal, healthy puppy behavior. If the two dogs enjoy playing together in general, simply separate them when she starts playing too roughly and allow her to calm down. However, if the older dog isn't having fun with the new puppy, you should keep them separated with a crate or six-foot leash, and train the puppy not to bother her. This behavior can last from 6 months to a year, so during this time it is really important to monitor her and make sure that she is behaving appropriately. To get her energy out, it is not a bad idea to find her some older "role models" that will teach her how to play appropriately. Puppies are very rough, so it is normal for them to play roughly with other puppies. This isn't an issue, as long as you watch over them and make sure to separate them or distract them with short obedience lessons to keep them from getting overstimulated. However, older dogs usually don't appreciate this behavior, so they need to be taught that all dogs do not want to play the same way as their puppy friends. DO NOT wait until she has had all of her shots before you start to socialize her with other dogs. While it's true that you should keep them away from dog parks, truck rest stops, places with large amounts of animal feces, heavily wooded areas, and strange dogs that you aren't sure are vaccinated, puppy hood is the most important time in your dog's life for social experiences. If you miss this period, your dog may be fearful or aggressive. More dogs die every year from problems related to lack of socialization than from Parvo and Distemper deaths combined. Your pup only needs her first two shots before she has the okay to attend puppy class and go out in public, and you can begin training her to act appropriately with other dogs.
 
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