I am still having trouble getting my pup to settle with my older dog. She now runs the other way when she sees him coming.
She has health issues and I am afraid she is getting too stressed. I find I am separating them most of the day and I don't think that is a good idea. What to do?
Hi Heather It can definitely be tricky sometimes when two dogs have such hugely different temperaments, and puppies can be incorrigible too!
However, your pup will slow down and become less rambunctious as he matures, but for now you need to continue to be firm and consistent about correcting him if he 'steps over the line' with your older dog. Normally the older dog will let the younger one know if he's gone 'too far' too.
Having to separate them is frustrating for you I'm sure and probably inconvenient as well, however a couple of baby-gates set up strategically should be able to keep them apart, but still allow them to see and sniff each other which will allow them to remain familiar with each other. Giving them 'together' time only when you are able to supervise it, will help your older dog to get some peace and quiet and to relax.
If your pup isn't already enrolled in an obedience class, then I'd recommend that you find one for him. This will help you and he to communicate better and will reinforce your position of authority (ie the 'alpha' of the pack) and should help you to control his behavior at home better. It will also make him tired as mental exercise is also important at this age. A couple of short training sessions daily at home, plus adequate exercise should also help to calm him down. The old saying 'a tired puppy is a good puppy' is very, very true!
In my personal experience this type of situation does eventually resolve itself as the puppy matures. If you find that despite your best and most concerted efforts that things are still extremely difficult, I'd recommend talking to your vet or a local dog trainer as they may be able to give you more assistance.
I wish you the very best of luck and hope that these difficulties end soon.