The puppy is the boss
January 7, 2010 4:15 PM Subscribe
Made a lot of mistakes with the puppy, and now he acts dominant and jealous. What can I do to correct the problems?
posted by Danila to Pets & Animals (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My family has never had a puppy before, only adult dogs and cats. In August we brought home a four week old puppy (we thought he was six weeks); a chihuahua-toy fox terrier mix. Now he is almost six months old. We already had a four year old dog and a five year old cat. The mixture has not been exactly pleasant, and I'm worried about exacerbating the problems.
The puppy is very dominant. He jumps on the cat and tackles the cat. If I so much as pet the other dog, he runs up to us jumping and nips at the other dog. It doesn't seem to me that he is angry because this is how he "plays" with the other animals all the time. I've seen him get angry when I oppose him in some way and he barks at me. Even when he is licking and showing affection, he likes to put both paws up on the shoulders and push the person down (I no longer allow this to happen to me).
He constantly likes to run around and frolic. He doesn't seem very anxious about anything (with the possible exception of affection shown toward the other dog). He doesn't like to be alone at any time, although that basically means so long as he can see someone he will be content playing or sleeping or whatever.
I don't like that he seems to see himself as the boss of everyone and entitled to the affection and attention of everyone (this includes perfect strangers that he encounters). He tires the family out, with the playing and whatnot. Some of this I attribute to him being young, but there are some behaviors that I am worried about in the future.