DOG HELP! PLEASE!

Hello,

So, recently we brought a new dog into the house and my male boxer is acting strange. We brother another male dog home, and the boxer seems jealous (I think). He gets nippy with the other dog (like, when we let the other dog inside, the boxer will nip at his tail as much as he can before he gets in the door), will try to act dominant (by holding him down with his paw), starts to quiver/shake whenever he sees the other dog, and sometimes acts depressed.
Is there anything I can do to help reduce this sort of attitude?
It's causing so many problems in our home.
I've tried letting him know that he was being bad, but he just ignores me.

Thank you for your time Happy

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6 replies since 1st February 2011 • Last reply 1st February 2011

It sounds like he is just trying to ensure his role as dominant male isn't jeopardized. He may also be jealous that he isn't the only one getting attention anymore.
When I worked at a dog daycare we would use spray bottles filled with water to "discipline" the dogs. Unlike shock collars or choke collars, the water doesn't hurt the dog and is usually enough of a distraction that they stop the behavior. If you are consistent with it, they begin to associate that particular behavior with the water. Most dogs don't like a single stream of water being sprayed at them.
Maybe try getting a cloth muzzle for the nipping. I would try this option only if the water doesn't work. The kind below is the most humane in my opinion. Make sure you get the right size and take it off as soon as the dog stops the behavior. Another option is to put the muzzle on BEFORE your new dog comes in and see if since he is unable to nip he loses interest. Good luck!

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With other bits of training for the boxer, I've tried the water bottles. The little dummy thinks it's a game and opens his mouth to drink the water lol He enjoys it. I've tried teh stream and the mist, but the stream seems to be his favorite because it goes straight into his mouth.

My parents won't go for the muzzle either Happy


The story behind the bulldog is a long and complicated one lol
But to sum it up: We had him for about 6 months, didn't have him for 2 (basically he was out of the house) and now we have him back aga.
My boxer last night started shaking, trying to paw at his back to get on top of him, growing and his fur was standing on ends and I was getting fed up, so I told them "No." in a very clear "I AM NOT HAPPY!!!" voice Tongue
Now, the boxer, so far doesn't seem AS bad, but I'm wondering how long that'll last.

And what does it mean when the boxer constantly licks the bulldogs face or ears?

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Hi, we've had 2 dogs, which were rescued from the re-homing centre. it seems to me that your dog is feeling threatened i.e less dominant and in control. Also the introduced dog ... coming and going seems to be creating anxiety in the Boxer. I think positive reinforcement (treats and praise) would work better than punishment with water sprays and saying 'bad dog'. he just doesn't get it. However he will get the fact that his good behaviour when asked of him is rewarded with the most precious gifts of praise and food!! The licking is also a sign of him trying to show he wants to try and accept his new house mate but is anxious, that his role of pack leader may be diminished. it is early days yet. I suggest patience and lots of praise to both dogs for good behaviour and lots of outdoor games and fun.

Hope this helps.

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Give your older dog lots and lots and lots of attention. He probably is just jealous. My boyfriend and I just brought home a twelve week old boxer girl and our ten year old Boston Terrier is acting the same way. Except for the domination because the boxer is already taller than her. But we just try comfort our old dog and tell her that everything is okay. She had been the only dog in the house for about nine years, then we got a cat. They tolerate each other, but with the new dog I think she just feels really left out.

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Thank you all for your advice Happy

I really, really apperciate it♥

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Thank you all for your advice Happy

I really, really apperciate it♥

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