My Cane Corso mix puppy is eight weeks old. I have a small breed dog who is male, the opposite sex and is friendly and calm. However, from day one of bringing her home he has growled at her a few times and does not seem interested in her. I wonder if he is trying to establish his dominance in the home because he is older. Is it ok to make her understand that she is the low man on the totem pole? That I am the boss, then my child, then my little dog. I want her to stay under control.
Some dogs just do not care about puppies much, and your older dog may never care about your Cane much. The only problem with the situation you describe is that she might become too submissive. If this is the case as she grows older, build up her confidence with obedience training. Even if she learns she is the low dog on the totem pole she needs to have some self confidence.
If she is overly submissive, she might eventually become a fear biter, which is something you definitely want to avoid.
Updated on February 5, 2018
By Dr Mark