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Old 05-31-2012, 08:02 AM   #1
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Confused Sibling Rivalry

I know a lot of us here on YT have multiple babies. For those who don't know, I have Max who is 1 year old, and a Bichon named Snowflake, she's 5 years old. They get along great! I mean really great! No fighting, no growling, just in perfect sync... Except for when it comes to me. Like I said they don't fight, but Max has proven to be quite the attention seeker. Every time I'm trying to show Snowflake attention, Max will come and nudge her out of the way and force himself on me. When I give them treats he does the same thing. & Snowflake is very submissive, so she'll just kind of look at me with those puppy dog eyes and walk away. And now I'm starting to feel like I'm leaving Snowflake out... So here's where my questions come in: Has anybody else experienced this? If so, how did you deal?
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:13 AM   #2
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I don't have experience with this, but sounds like you need to do some training with them- Max needs to be able to share his Mommy with Snowflake!!
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I don't have experience with this, but sounds like you need to do some training with them- Max needs to be able to share his Mommy with Snowflake!!
Luckily we don't have any jealousy issues between Couv and Khloe... but Couv does get really jealous when I'm giving love to one of the kitties. He will sometimes growl if a cat gets too close to me when he's cuddling with me. I always correct the behavior and if it is extreme, I'll grab him and set him on the ground so that he knows his behavior is not acceptable. He seems to get it and stops.
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Brandi does this with my cat but I give her a stern no. I don't want my cat to feel left out so I make sure and give undivided attention to her. Luckily she's a cat and they don't require a lot of attention.

I usually tell Brandi no and gently place her on the floor. She usually just goes on about her business. No hurt feelings.
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Kirby, my bichon is 8 years old. She is so sweet and submissive. Khloe has that puppy energy and she does not like to share mommy. I try to give both of them love. Sometimes I will put Kirby in my lap just so Khloe can see that Kirby is my baby too. Khloe really tries to push her big sister out of the way but I am not having that.
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Our Boxer is very submissive and really it works since she is 75lbs and Georgie is 4lbs. I also think it helps that my husband and I each take one of them and give them quality time and then we switch. Our son is 4 1/2 and he loves to give Coco (our Boxer) love because she likes him a lot more than Georgie does (it's a size thing). I think you should give them each their own special time with Momma. I agree with tinalove put Snowflake in your lap and that will let her know how much you love her too.

As a side note Coco doesn't care at all when we are giving Georgie attention but Georgie can't take it if we give Coco attention. Yorkies are so funny!
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I'm going through this now and trying to find a solution. My case started out much like yours but it has now progressed to where Maggie is attacking Buster. When I give them treats, Maggie will come running over and literally push Buster out of the way with her butt. I really had to watch her when he had his knee surgeries last year, she would run at him and try to knock him down, almost like they do in the hockey games. She will still do that. She will sit on the landing of the stairs and not let him pass. She has to be the first one down and the first one up. My advice is to try to nip in the bud now. I hope I find a solution soon! I've been given lots of advice and I will be trying everything I've been given to try to have peace (at least where Maggie isn't attacking Buster) between the two. I hope your situation doesn't progress to where I'm at now.

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Ohh I know that look. My Lizzie is the middle baby and I was her world. I got her a sister when Mollie wasn't able to play like she did. I did not Lizzie not to have stimulation and activity. I ended up purchasing her 1/2 sister.

Lizzie is shy and more clingy with me then Mollie ever was. She is such a sweet girl. She hates being corrected so she is just a good girl. She would lick and kiss me to death. She always cuddled with me all night on the couch.

Since Abbie has came home she is so sad Loki g at times when I am loving on her sister. We just reached the 2 month at home mark and Lizzie is returning to her old self
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I don't have experience with this, but sounds like you need to do some training with them- Max needs to be able to share his Mommy with Snowflake!!

Yes, I definitely need to nip this in the bud before it turns into something more than a little nudge.
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STOP IT ! Yes, I agree stop it now before it turns into aggression issue. I cue with the word, 'Enough' in a normal tone but, firm voice. And give the palm up pushing motion, a hand cue, that means get back. You could also put Max in a sit- stay if he is trained for this. Be firm and consistent. I only work with small dogs so my methods are designed for them. But, another trainer whose work I like, stomps her foot and says NO WAY, that works for her. Try to find what feels natural for you and use it faithfully. Be the PLP (Protector, Leader, Provider ) that your dogs can count on.
PS feeling sorry for a picked on animal is a human emotion, dogs see this as a weakness, not something a PLP should show, try not to project this emotion, instead stay positive and lovingly correct your little bully boy.
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STOP IT ! Yes, I agree stop it now before it turns into aggression issue. I cue with the word, 'Enough' in a normal tone but, firm voice. And give the palm up pushing motion, a hand cue, that means get back. You could also put Max in a sit- stay if he is trained for this. Be firm and consistent. I only work with small dogs so my methods are designed for them. But, another trainer whose work I like, stomps her foot and says NO WAY, that works for her. Try to find what feels natural for you and use it faithfully. Be the PLP (Protector, Leader, Provider ) that your dogs can count on.
PS feeling sorry for a picked on animal is a human emotion, dogs see this as a weakness, not something a PLP should show, try not to project this emotion, instead stay positive and lovingly correct your little bully boy.

Thanks for the great advise. i'll be keeping this informaition a the top of my mind when i bring home our new addition ONE WEEK FROM NOW!!!!
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Our Boxer is very submissive and really it works since she is 75lbs and Georgie is 4lbs. I also think it helps that my husband and I each take one of them and give them quality time and then we switch. Our son is 4 1/2 and he loves to give Coco (our Boxer) love because she likes him a lot more than Georgie does (it's a size thing). I think you should give them each their own special time with Momma. I agree with tinalove put Snowflake in your lap and that will let her know how much you love her too.

As a side note Coco doesn't care at all when we are giving Georgie attention but Georgie can't take it if we give Coco attention. Yorkies are so funny!
Yea, I think this would help me out a great deal, but at my house its just me and my two furbutts.
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I'm going through this now and trying to find a solution. My case started out much like yours but it has now progressed to where Maggie is attacking Buster. When I give them treats, Maggie will come running over and literally push Buster out of the way with her butt. I really had to watch her when he had his knee surgeries last year, she would run at him and try to knock him down, almost like they do in the hockey games. She will still do that. She will sit on the landing of the stairs and not let him pass. She has to be the first one down and the first one up. My advice is to try to nip in the bud now. I hope I find a solution soon! I've been given lots of advice and I will be trying everything I've been given to try to have peace (at least where Maggie isn't attacking Buster) between the two. I hope your situation doesn't progress to where I'm at now.

http://www.yorkietalk.com/forums/gen...desparate.html
Thanks for sharing this thread, I'll definitely read through it!!
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STOP IT ! Yes, I agree stop it now before it turns into aggression issue. I cue with the word, 'Enough' in a normal tone but, firm voice. And give the palm up pushing motion, a hand cue, that means get back. You could also put Max in a sit- stay if he is trained for this. Be firm and consistent. I only work with small dogs so my methods are designed for them. But, another trainer whose work I like, stomps her foot and says NO WAY, that works for her. Try to find what feels natural for you and use it faithfully. Be the PLP (Protector, Leader, Provider ) that your dogs can count on.
PS feeling sorry for a picked on animal is a human emotion, dogs see this as a weakness, not something a PLP should show, try not to project this emotion, instead stay positive and lovingly correct your little bully boy.
Thanks!! So much!! I'm in luck because Max knows both of those commands. I will try your method first, and if that doesn't work I will try the stomping method! Thanks again!!
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Yes, I definitely need to nip this in the bud before it turns into something more than a little nudge.
Well Good Luck, I hope you are able to correct it!!

I only have one little guy- so I don't know what it would be like to experience that- It would probably hurt my feelings. In a way- I guess Dog Mommies with multipules have to learn how to share the love LOL.
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