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Hi! I've had this issue with Odin since he entered puberty; he's sort of aggressive towards young puppies - but ONLY husky & malamute puppies. He gets along fine with small dogs when off leash in the dog park, but once a husky or mal puppy comes in I have to chase him around to make sure he doesn't hurt it. The first 'greeting' he does towards the puppy would be to run straight to it, wrestle a bit then bite the neck. The puppy was terrified and crying and he still won't leave it alone. It's scary to look at and scary for the puppy owner too. He'll growl and try to pin the puppy down, and bare his teeth when I pull him away. He'll go back to chasing and biting the puppy's neck if I let him go. It seems like he's turned into a playground bully and I'm really concerned about it. How do I correct this behavior? We don't always meet husky or mal puppy during our visit to the park so I have only few chances to correct him so I need to do it right.
So we were at a husky huddle today and everything was fine and dandy for the first two and a half hours that we were there, no major scuffles or anything. Now the way this park is set up does cause a little bit of an issue as you have to walk a few feet through the large dog part to get to the small dog section, but most small dog owners just picked their dogs up and walked them through to the little dog section. This small dog owner I could tell was going to be a problem the moment I saw her coming up the sidewalk, I don't know how I knew, but something told me she was going to be an issue. Well the huskies of course gathered at the gate wanting to meet the new dog and instead of picking the dog up she just opens the gate and lets the little walk right into the pack of huskies gathered there. So of course there's bound to be at least one dog who isn't so good with little dogs and this dog starts going after the little dog. Being scared the little dog starts screaming, the owner starts screaming and trying to drag the little dog by its leash towards the gate for the little dog section, then she realizes that this isn't going to work and tries to lay on top of the dogs...by this point four of us had converged on the scene and were pulling huskies away. From what I saw as I charged into the melee the husky wasn't actually biting the little dog, he had it in his mouth but wasn't applying pressure. Anyway the woman finally scoops the little dog up and gets into the little dog section to check it over, she's obviously upset but there was no blood on her or the pup. She then ropes another lady in to the issue and this lady goes around the park demanding to know who the owner of the husky is, being irate and just plain mean. We tipped off the owner of the husky that they were threatening to call the police then I grabbed Champ's stuff and we high-tailed it out of there not wanting to be in the middle of what was looking to be a fight among the humans over the matter. My issue is that I always enter the park first so that Champ isn't swarmed by the other dogs, I go in and push them out of the way to give him space, she let her little dog just walk into a pack of big dogs, what did she think was going to happen? They were excited and they're three times her dog's size, not every big dog is okay with little dogs either and nobody was hurt. My intent on running over there was to pick the little dog up and drop it over the fence so that it was safe, instead of picking the dog up or doing that she drags it along the ground by its leash effectively making a tug o war game out of it...it's been my experience that small dog owners aren't very aware of the issues that are caused when they bring their little dogs into the large dog section, then they freak when something happens...ugh...I'm thankful and appreciate those that do think about the safety of their little ones and take them into the small dog section or pick them up if they have to walk through the large dog section, those small dog owners make my life so much easier...
So I posted before about our new puppy (Loki 8 weeks) being attacked by my older husky (Kyra 7years) while Kyra was standing over her food and Loki was playing under her legs. We chalked that up to food aggression and started feeding them in their separate crates, which has worked and made things a lot better. Tonight, just 10 minutes ago, Loki jumped up to nip at Kyra's neck, just like he always does - and usually Kyra just plays along - but this time Kyra attacked him again. We jumped in a lot sooner than the first occurrence, so luckily Loki didn't get hurt - just scared. Now I'm not sure if Kyra would've kept going at him had we jumped in, but now I'm scared to have them around each other. Kyra has NEVER had a problem with other dogs - but then again we've never brought another into her home for so long. If she doesn't have the patience for a puppy, how in the world would she have the patience for when my fiancÃ© and I start having little ones running around and jumping and tugging all over her. I need any help I can get. We love this puppy, but Kyra was my first dog that I raised on my own and I love her like my child. And I would NEVER put my future children at risk. What do we do???