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Jane Lefler
Jane Lefler, Animal Behaviorist
Category: Dog Training
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Experience:  Dog breeder/Trainer and Behaviorist 18+ years
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We recently got a six month old boxer boy as a companian for

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We recently got a six month old boxer boy as a companian for our four year old boxer boy who is neutered. Over all they get on well, they run and play even eat within striking distance of each other. The problem is the four year old is extremly jealous if the puppy comes too close to my husband or myself. How can we stop him putting the pup down every time
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog Training
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 5 years ago.
Hi JaCustomer,

My name isXXXXX professionally worked with animals for over 16 years dealing with both health and behavioral issues. I have over 14,000 satisfied customers. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.

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If the puppy is not neutered, you need to get that done as soon as possible. Dogs are pack animals and the natural order is for the most dominant INTACT male to be the leader then the intact female. After that would come neutered animals. Since your adult mal eis already neutered, the pup will challenge your adult for the boss position when he approaches adult hood which is coming up quickly. Dogs become sexually mature around 7 months for males, so I would really try and get neutering done if it hasn't been.

If it hasn't been done, then this might be why your boy is so pushy about his "right" to your attention. However, I understand that this behavior can not keep up. I would go ahead and put the pup in obedience class if he isn't already trained. The same should apply to your adult dog if he isn't obedience trained. This will allow you to control both dogs by voice commands. Before you can get into classes, I am including a link that is helpful. Be sure and click on the link to the page on obedience at the bottom. and links on subsequent pages leading to detailed instructions.

Training works best if you train at least 30 minutes a day (two 15 minute sessions). I would start making your dog work via the Nothing in life is free program (NILF). It is outlined below.

Dogs like knowing what is expected of them and they love the little paper thin slices of hotdogs that I use for treats while training. Give this a try and see how it works for you.

You also need to keep the pack order intact by feeding your older boy first, giving him treats first, letting him walk outside first and showing him attention before the other dog. This helps the younger dog see that you acknowledge your older dog's position.

Additional training can also help. Both dogs should be leashed and if one dog even looks at the other dog, a correction should be done. Any sign of aggression including a prolonged look, hair raised on the shoulders, a growl or even a stiff legged walk, should be corrected. A correction is a quick tug of the leash and a firm low toned "NO". Once you have done this couple of times, you should notice the dogs ignoring each other. When that happens, you will want to reward them for the desired behavior. Again, use tasty treats like the hot dog slices. This teaches the dogs that you WILL not tolerate fighting in YOUR pack.

Now I know you said it only happens if the younger dog approaches you, so set that situation up with your older dog nearby. As the younger dog nears you and the older dog starts getting anxious or on alert, give a correction which is the short tug on the leash and firm "NO". Remember to reward him if there is not growling. This simple exercise should take care of that problem. Remember, that the older dog is the boss, and if the younger dog tries to push past the older dog to get to you first, you must not pay attention to the younger dog first. This action is a passive show of dominance from the younger dog and you can not allow the pup to do this if you are not going to let the adult dog correct the pup.

In addition, if the situation is not improving using the techniques I've provided, you may have to consult a professional behaviorist. You can usually find a behaviorist by asking your Vet for a recommendation or you may be able to find one using the following site.

I hope this information is helpful to you and you are satisfied with my response. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have .
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Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 5 years ago.
Hi ,

Just a quick follow up to see if you have had time to review the answer I provided and to see if it was helpful.