My 5 year old Staff doesnt like our new staff puppy
We have a 5 year old male staffordshire bull terrier. He is fun loving and great with our kids as they all are. He is not keen on other dogs at all and shows this by growling and sometimes seems like he will attack them. We keep him on a lead when ever out in public and never had a problem.
He is really lazy though and has stopped enjoying his walks so we have got a 7 week old female staff puppy. We got told to get a bitch so there was no threat to our male. However since bringing her home 2 days ago he is totally not interested in her. He growled when we first introduced them and that was his way of saying back off. We tried putting the puppy in a cage and letting our male have a sniff through the cage but he just sniffed, growled and stood snarling at her. We are too afraid to put the puppy down on the floor in the same room as him as we think he will go for her and if he does he could cause serious damage.
A friend suggested muzzling him, but the more we retrain him the more aggressive he gets. At the moment we have the puppy in one room and our male has the run of the house as usual. There is a stairgate seperating them and tonight as he was walking past her he went for her through the bars. We really told him off and put him the kitchen in his bed which is were he goes if he is naughty.
Are we fighting a losing battle or within time will they get on? We are praising him if he sniffs her and does nothing but there is still the uncertainty with him and we don't know the best way to get them together safely. Putting him on a lead will only fire him even more i think. It's so hard cause the pup wants to play but she cant. Pleas help.
Well, normally it can take a while for the resident dog to accept a new puppy, and a little growling and possessiveness is common. Check out my Introducing A New Puppy page for more info on this.
However, what you're describing sounds like more than that to me, and due to the breed you have, chances are this could get nasty.
I love Staffy's, I owned one myself and she was a wonderful girl, BUT although they're great with kids and should never be people-aggressive, their nature often leads them to be dog aggressive, particularly once they are mature.
Getting a female when you have a male, was the best choice, and if your older dog was a more laid-back character, it could work out. BUT, my personal opinion here is that he doesn't like the puppy at all and is unlikely to change his views on that.
I would be concerned for the safety of your puppy, and doubt that you can leave them alone without trouble.
If you really, really want to keep the puppy I would suggest talking with a dog behavioral specialist to see if they can help you moderate your males behavior. If this isn't possible I'm afraid, personally, I would recommend rehoming the puppy for her own safety and your peace of mind.
I'm sorry I can't give you a more positive answer, and I would suggest talking this over with your vet or a dog trainer at the very least. You know your own dog best though, and your assessment of his behavior, and the reasons for it, or potential for trouble are valuable. Think this through well before making a decision.
I wish you the very best of luck.