Help! Any advice you can give!: I have a 10 year old shih tzu, who has…

Help! Any advice you can give!:
I have a 10 year old shih tzu, who has always been a very sweet and submissive dog. She grew up with a dog and likes all dogs, usually stopping to greet both big and small dogs on our walks around Fells Point. She met my brother’s new lab puppy yesterday. The lab tried over and over to play with her and was very excited doing so-jumping, etc. The lab is much bigger, of course. My dog was initially fearful, but then aggressive, showing her teeth, barking and snapping at the dog. She has NEVER been like this. We tried a few times to let the dogs work it out, but always with the same results. They spent the day together, which basically included her being held away from the lab. We left there this morning; but today she cannot settle down. She is walking around the house, very anxious, and more energized. I feel so worried that she is traumatized. I’m hoping she can settle eventually; but also, I hope this won’t keep happening with her “cousin” and other dogs. Anybody have had this happen? Any tricks to helping her feel safe? Will we be able to spend holidays together? Thanks for listening to this long story!?

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello, Your pup, like every pup and soul, has her own opinion. She has deducted that this puppy is too much for her. So, after no one listened and the puppy didn’t get her subtle (and I guess, also, not so subtle) clues, she had to resort to strong words and not at all subtle clues. I tell my clients it is the equivalent of being a retired 80 year old person being left a newborn to care for. All the crying, sleepless nights, and constant attention is more than most of us, in our late autumn years, can, or… Read more »

2 years ago

Hi there- Laura and Dr. Mag are right. Not only is this a larger dog, it’s a puppy- so it’s a larger dog woth minimal or no manners right now. She is probably restless because of the days events and needs a bit of time to settle down. I’m sure all of it was done with good intentions, but in her eyes she told the puppy to back off, asked for help from her humans, and then had to deal with things on her own. Maybe another introduction later down the road after the puppy has had some training will… Read more »

2 years ago

I concur with Dr. M – your job is to protect her, and you didn’t. She isn’t comfortable right now. Don’t put her in that situation again. She doesn’t know this is a “cousin” – all she knows is this is a much larger dog that has no concept of how to behave around her.