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Old 11-09-2008, 06:55 PM   #1
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Default Older Yorkie not accepting puppy; please help!

I've tried a forum search, but the function doesn't seem to be working.
I have 3 Yorkies: Lucky, a 10 year old male, Lily, an 8 year old female (both neutered, and a new 11 week old puppy.
First, we do not let them play together unsupervised at all. Both the older dogs are very "low energy" normally, and sleep a lot.
Lucky is "tolerating" the puppy fairly well- he will lick her and allow her to creep into her crate. Lily had been ignoring her until yesterday, when she started to show some tension and signs of wanting to "attack" the puppy (the puppy is a real tiny at 15.5 ounces now). The older two are about 5 pounds each.
Tonight, Lily was on her leash, and tried to go after the puppy. I was able to keep her back because of the leash. A second time, she snapped at her.
I have tried to give the older two plenty of attention and special time, but I am concerned. How can I help this adjustment? I will be honest, the older two are not well socialized with other dogs. They never were. (My fault, entirely). I don't want to have to keep them isolated forever!
Any thoughts, anyone? I certainly appreciate your help! Thanks so much.
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I hope you can get some help on this one...That's tough. It usually takes time for them to get used to each other. In the meantime, I wouldn't leave them unsupervised.
Also, one thing I wanted to mention...If you act tense when they're around each other, they will pick up on it, especially the older one. If you "hold her back" on the leash from the other one, she may snap b/c she feels like that's what she's supposed to do. Try to keep a relaxed environment. Just take it little by little.
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I've tried a forum search, but the function doesn't seem to be working.
I have 3 Yorkies: Lucky, a 10 year old male, Lily, an 8 year old female (both neutered, and a new 11 week old puppy.
First, we do not let them play together unsupervised at all. Both the older dogs are very "low energy" normally, and sleep a lot.
Lucky is "tolerating" the puppy fairly well- he will lick her and allow her to creep into her crate. Lily had been ignoring her until yesterday, when she started to show some tension and signs of wanting to "attack" the puppy (the puppy is a real tiny at 15.5 ounces now). The older two are about 5 pounds each.
Tonight, Lily was on her leash, and tried to go after the puppy. I was able to keep her back because of the leash. A second time, she snapped at her.
I have tried to give the older two plenty of attention and special time, but I am concerned. How can I help this adjustment? I will be honest, the older two are not well socialized with other dogs. They never were. (My fault, entirely). I don't want to have to keep them isolated forever!
Any thoughts, anyone? I certainly appreciate your help! Thanks so much.

I am watching your post with lots of interest as I will be getting a 5 month old male yorkie in about 2 weeks and currently have a 7 yr old female. Reading your post I see where the puppy is a another female, from what my breeder told me and reading related articles, female yorkies tend to be more aggressive towards other female yorkies; and in general females tend to be more assertive and territorial than the males. My breeder told me to expect my 7 yr old to have some adjustment issues and be patient as it should improve in time. Another suggestion, bring them together more in neutral territory, take them outside for walks that get rid of the excess energy and help them bond with a shared experience. Take away all toys and items that can lead to turf wars and try alternating having 2 dogs (adult and puppy) at a time together initially not all 3 all the time. By all means protect the puppy give it a least a year before you feel you can leave them unsupervised. One of the saddest post I read was when an older yorkie killed a puppy when the owner placed them together in a carrier (eventhough they had been around each other for a couple of weeks!) Keep me posted and when I get my puppy I'll let you know how things are working out and what I am finding helpful in my situation.
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When I was doing Yorkie rescue I found that introducing the dogs outside with the new one in an x-pen and the others off leash that I had very few problems. At one point I had 17 Yorkies (all ages) in my home without any problems. I feel that once one Yorkie is on a leash they become much more defensive and will go on the attack. Is it possible to keep them separated by a gate for the time being?
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When I brought a new one in, which has been 4 times in 3 years, I just brought the new one in and let them get to know each other. I kept the newest one in a crate when I couldn't watch her. They all seemed to adjust pretty quickly. I have found with 3 female yorkies, 2 are always picking on Cali the real laid back one. Just give it some time.
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When we got our Yorkie she was only 1.8 lbs. at 4 months so I was really worried about our other dog , 3 year old Sydney ( who is named Syd Vicious ) and how she would react with the puppy. As expected she did not like Chloe at all !! Sydney is a terrier mix ( Maltese and Australian terrier , and is very hyper and active ...high energy dog! She loves all people and other dogs outside the home ,but didn't like another dog coming into her world)

She would bark and growl and we kept her completely away from her. She only got to see and smell her through our kitchen gate. Even when we were in the same room each of us held a dog and they were not allowed to play on the floor. Eventually we started moving closer to each other and letting Sydney smell Chloe , but not letting Chloe smell at Sydney.

After a couple weeks we started letting Chloe smell back ( all while still holding both dogs) we kept this up for a couple more weeks. Then later I started walking Chloe into the Kitchen while I held her and sat on the floor and played with Syd while I held Chloe.And kept giving Syd a training treat and saying Good Girl everytime she sniffed Chloe and didn't react.


After about another month she was so use to her that Syd didn't even bother with her at all. Chloe will go to Sydney's bowl and eat her food and get in Sydney's bed with her , and Syd could care less. BUT I still won't let them out of my sight when they are together. I don't think Syd would bite her , but she loves to run with her now and I'm afraid Syd will run over her

Just take it slowly , even if it means they have to be in separate rooms for a long while ( our is 8 MO. old now , so it took a good 3 mo.)

I'm not sure if how we did it was right , but it worked for us
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