April 13th, 2007, 10:14 PM
I have a 2 1/2 year old male German Shepherd who is incredibly stressed over a new female puppy coming into our home. He is constantly licking her all over and the latest developement, which he has never had before, is urinating on the floor. Any soluntions, I have never seenthis before.
April 13th, 2007, 10:48 PM
Actually very common. If he is not neutered, neutering may help with the urinating. Make sure you are giving the shepherd special time when the puppy is not around to just calm down and spend time with you. Make sure he has a place he can get away to if the puppy is bothering him. And if he starts compulsively licking the puppy, distract him, and have him do something else, such as lie down on his bed, or fetch a toy, or anything that isn't puppy-licking. If he is just overly stressed, remove him from the situation, and let him back in when he has calmed down a bit. You can feed him yummy treats when the puppy is near him and he is acting appropriately. As for the peeing, he may be smelling places that your puppy has peed, so make sure you clean with a good enzymatic cleaner. And since you are probably housebreaking the puppy anyway, just do the same thing with your older dog. Take him out like you do the puppy and when he goes outside praise and treat.
If the stress level seems excessive, you may have to consider contacting a behaviorist, or putting him on some sort of anti-anxiety meds. It's a shame, but some dogs just have such a hard time adjusting to a new puppy.
April 14th, 2007, 12:23 PM
Thank you for the reply.