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dog: signed up for obedience class..10 month old..month old male

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I am signed up for obedience class but it's a month from
now & I've got a problem! I got a 10 month old male
dog
a month ago and 3 days ago got a 2 yr. olf female dog
(both rescues). The male dog is OK with the new
female
dog but the female is trying to be dominant and have
me
all to herself -- very jealous, growling and snapping at
the male when he has my attention. What should I do?
I'd
prefer they share and nobody be dominant but her
personality may prevent that. I want her to feel secure
here but definitely need her to not be aggressive.
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
Part of the problem is your male is a juvenile and needs manners training in how to get along with his 'elders' and with female dogs. Female dogs are extremely good in explaining this to juvenile males. The joke in the dog world is Dogs Drool and B*****es Rule :-)
What you need to make perfectly clear to both dogs is that the 'alpha' or leader in the home is a position held only by the humans. ie your decision is the one that counts.
One way to do this is to work on the Nothing in Life is Free program to change the dog's status relative to yours. You can read about it here www.ddfl.org/behavior/nilif.htm its not violent it just is a way of interacting with your pets to change their 'pack' status.
I'm glad you are signing up for basic obedience and I hope its a positive reinforcement type training class as pushy dogs often do better with a non force training method.
To help the girl think that the boy being around is a good thing give her attention only if he is there too. If he leaves the room or your vicinity cease giving her attention. You can fold your arms and turn away to make it clear that when the boy is gone she's not going to get attention. Dogs are pretty bright about that kind of non verbal signal.
You might like reading some more about non verbal signals in dogs here http://www.canis.no/rugaas/
Hope this helps you!

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