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New rescue dog has scared my puppy - help

I got my first puppy, Mac, in October. He is almost 12 months old and he is a lover. I found out his sister Marley (same age) was living in the backyard of the house her family moved out of. They left her there because the new house didn't have a back yard. They had automatic water and food bowls and they said someone went there every day to check on her. I asked if she could come live with me for a few days to see if Mac would get along with her. She has been an outside dog since October. Mac is an indoor dog who has been in training classes since 4 months old. He is very well behaved and doesn't have any enemy in the world.
Marley came over and they had a great time playing and wrestling around. We went outside and swam for about an hour to burn off some energy. She even let me shampoo her and rub her down. When we got back in the house Marley found one of Mac's bones and started chewing it. When Mac wandered over to her she growled and attacked him. Of course he got away quickly and came over to me. What could I do at that point?
Then later when I got some treats for them. She was sitting nicely waiting for her treat when Mac came over, because I called him, she jumped and attacked again. This time Mac fought back. Ii lasted about 5 seconds but it scared the crap out of me. Now Mac doesn't want anything to do with her. He's wary. I don't like the way he hides in the laundry when she's in family room. Will this go away? It's only been one day. Anyone have any expierence with this?
PS- I called to set up training classes for her but she has not been vaccinated so I have to wait a few weeks to start.
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I think that is great that you have tried to help her. I think that it is understandable that she doesn't have the best manners or social skills at this point in her sad life. I hope that a trainer or classes will help her to develop these things. Regardless, I think you are doing a wonderful thing for her, and I hope that the last thing you'd consider is giving her back to the "people" (I use the term loosely) that abandoned her. Shame on them.

edit to add - I don't have any experience with this, but I'd think keeping them apart for feeding/treats might be a very good idea. If she has been isolated, it sounds like resource guarding. Maybe some alternate crate time until they get accustomed to each other. It sounds like they got along wonderfully initially, which seems like a good sign. If food/treats is the catalyst, I think having them together for those times definitely needs to be avoided.


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I think for right now all treats and food are to be done seperately. If you have a crate feed her in that, if not then feed her in a seperate room. She hasnt been taught how to share and until you can teach her, all toys and food need to be kept up. It sounds hard but it is resource guarding. You can work with her if you want to keep her but it will take work.
There is something called NILIF. Nothing In Life Is Free. You can google it. It tells how to work with her and also look up resource guarding. I would also look into getting her into a obedience training class.

She sounds like a sweet girl that just hasnt learned how to play or learn to interact with dogs and it help her to become the dog she is meant to be.

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There is a book called "Mine" by Jean Donaldson that deals with resource guarding. Welcome to
You might find this helpful with this problem. It will take some time and management but the problem may be able to be resolved. My dog had some issues with resource guarding with my cats and with people and after using various techniques with her it is no lionger a problem. It is not something that just goes away...
I hope you are able to come up with a plan for the pup. Seeking the help of a trainer might be the best plan.
Good Luck and I hope this works out for you. One thing, if this dog continues to attack Mac you may need to keep them apart or find another situation for Marley.

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Thank you for helping Marley. She so lucky that you are there for her.

For now, I would feed, give treats & bones while separated. That way both will have there own space while eating or enjoying treats/bones. I would also keep toys up for awhile.

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Yes, I would definitely separate the two for feeding until this issue is dealt with. I think you did a wonderful thing by taking her in. It just goes to show what a dramatic difference an environment has on a dog.
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Our 9-year-old lab doesn't like to share, so our 7-month-old eats in a separate room [just around the corner] or in her crate. As soon as they finish eating, I pick up their bowls. They share each other's water bowls with no problems, but Lucy [the older dog] doesn't even want Amber smelling her empty bowl. Aside from the food issue, they wrestle for hours with no problems. I do walk them separately, not because of fighting, but because Amber keeps getting tangled in Lucy's leash.
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I agree with the above posts, separate for food and treats, they will do better with their own space. Remember not to feel too sorry for Marley and baby her, this can make her feel as though you are hers and cause these attacks. I had that problem when Calvin and Hobbes were about that age, Hobbes had some medical issues, had surgery, and had to be kept quiet. He spent more time with me than Calvin, and Hobbes would attack Calvin if Calvin wanted too much attention. I totaly agree with NINIF, that is what I have to do with Hobbes, it does work.

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