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Old 11-17-2010, 06:32 AM   #1
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Unhappy agressive male puppy

I have a one year old female yorkie and just recently rescued a 5 month old male yorkie. The female I have is very submissive and loves all other dogs. The new male seems to love her as well until it comes to toys or sometimes even me. When the male has a toy, anytime the female comes around he growls, shows his teeth, and has even gone after her. She is terrified and doesn't want to play with him now. He also did this to a neighors huge black lab when he came near me. Does anyone know how to remedy this? He is a puppy mill dog so I understand this could be an issue, but so is my female and she is very loving. I want them to be buds and be able to play together and take him around other dogs as I typically do with my female. Please help!! Thanks!
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Guarding is a huge issue. My Pebbles is a guarder and although she never goes after the other two she does show guarding behaviors. Is your male neutered? That would be my very first priority. My suggestion would be to find a really good trainer and begin working with him. Don't let him have free access to toys and make him work for his toys. Work with treats and him allowing you to take toys away without guarding. First your female first and make him sit, stay and work for that bowl of food. Do not free feed. It will only continue to turn even more into a problem if you do not put an end to it immediately. Pebbles guarding started at about the same age and we have been dealing with this ever since. Good luck!
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I agree. I wouldn't have any toys lying around on the floor or anything right now; nothing that they (or he) can fight over. If you have some crappy toys (we have some) that no one cares enough to fight over; you can leave those down.

I would keep them separated when you are not supervising; perhaps give your female a place where she can go to get away from him; give her a little break so that their relationship won't be ruined.

Probably he will settle down with a little training; and they will learn to have fun together.

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Old 11-17-2010, 05:33 PM   #4
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I have a one year old female yorkie and just recently rescued a 5 month old male yorkie. The female I have is very submissive and loves all other dogs. The new male seems to love her as well until it comes to toys or sometimes even me. When the male has a toy, anytime the female comes around he growls, shows his teeth, and has even gone after her. She is terrified and doesn't want to play with him now. He also did this to a neighors huge black lab when he came near me. Does anyone know how to remedy this? He is a puppy mill dog so I understand this could be an issue, but so is my female and she is very loving. I want them to be buds and be able to play together and take him around other dogs as I typically do with my female. Please help!! Thanks!
It deffinatly takes patience and time. But each time their is an episode deal with the issue right then. If you wait or just remove them they will not understand that it was a no no behaviour. When the little boy does something good praise praise and yes getting him fixed is a must. Good luck and keep us posted
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I say set them up to succeed. If they fight over toys; remove that stimulus from the room. The toys are YOURS - not the new puppys. YOU will decide when and how they are played with. He needs to understand he is NOT the alpha in this house.
When we first brought Lucy home; Ringo guarded all the toys. We took them all up and when things were going well, we would introduce one or two into the room.

Now, of course, the toys are laying all over the place. But when you have an aggressive, dominant male, or problems in the relationship, take away the things that cause problems. Later, you can lighten up.

Do everything to get them started off on a happier note before your oldest refuses to have anything to do with the pup.

Start working on basic commands with your puppy; sit, down, etc. Gently get him used to obeying your commands. Ask him to sit before you feed him; lie down before a treat . . . little things like that can reinforce your position as leader. Sounds like he wants to be the leader right now.
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We had a foster with the same issue. Toys were only allowed when supervised (just killed me because our little Piper just loves her toys). Unfortunately, we never got over the issue with him...but he was adopted to a home as an only furkid so he is in heaven now and spoiled rotten.

I would recommend getting with a trainer asap.
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I have a similar problem, I have 2 males both neutered, Hobbes is 20 months old and Calvin is 14 months old. They are brothers from diffrent litters. I also have a 22 month old female Tessie. I got all of them as puppies. Hobbes is very loving and laid back , but at times he will all of a sudden growl and attack Calvin for no reason, then Calvin will fight back. Several times I have gotten caught in the middle and so has my husband. We always push Hobbes down from our laps and look him in the eyes and tell him NO. He understands but continues to do this with no warning. Hobbes is 15 lbs and Calvin 8 lbs. They never do this with the female because she won't tolerate it. I now have an 11 week old female (same parents as Calvin and Hobbes). He has shown some aggression towards her. I didn't mean to take over someones thread but didn't want to start a similar thread.
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Okay there are a few issues here
The most important and the one you have to deal with rift away is that you have an aggression issue with your young guy there
The guarding and the growling have to be stopped immediately

Toys and food are never left around for him to guard
And any aggressive behavior has to be stopped before it escalates
He growls?..... He's put out of the room
He acts aggressively to the other dog or to you? Same thing

It's the speed and the force you use to stop this and the fact that you never let it slip that will stop this from getting worse
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Try to take the toy away from him when he displays this bad behavior and separate him in a crate. Discipline him (give him "time out") when he does this so he'll start to realize that this is unacceptable behavior.

Hopefully, he'll catch on when he realizes that noone will play with him when he acts agressive towards others.
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My little yorkie is aggressive we got him from some kids.They were very mean to him. They got in his face and teased him and made him very aggresive.So you cannot even get near his face he will growl and try to bite.We rescued him and are working to get him to feel safe again because of what those mean kids did to him. He gets jealous though when other dogs come over, he will try an steal their toys and tear them up. I do not not know how to get them from him he will try an bite you, if you put your hand near him. So I myself am trying to find out how to deal with an aggresive yorkie. Any suggestions. I am so proud to rescue him from the mean children, but now I am trying to work on getting him better and also learn to act better now. What can I do?
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Google NILF - Nothing in Life for Free. Start there. It's a very gentle way of establishing yourself as Alpha.
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