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Re: submissive to smaller dog

Posted by:  Leslie Hemsing
Posted on:  February 23, 2003 at 21:15:23

In Reply to: submissive to smaller dog
Category:   Behavior Problems
Posted by:  lisa
Posted on:  February 23, 2003 at 07:54:28

Question:

: I have two female maltese as well as a male JRT. My JRT is petrified of the one maltese and will not even enter a room if she is there. He is 18 months old and weighs about 8kg. She only weighs 2kg. However he regularly plays with the other maltese. Please advise me as to how I can rectify the situation, if its not too late already. Thank you.


Response:

Dear Lisa,

This is certainly a situation worth monitoring but I suggest that you don't try to change it. The hierarchy between canines is established by THEM and our responsibility is to reinforce it. Keeping the peace between large and small dogs requires that we understand and accept that a dog's size doesn't guarantee "top dog" status.

Regards,
Leslie