by Sarah

We have a 9yr jack Russell who won't stop growling and our new puppy

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Dec 29, 2013
Older Jack and new puppy
by: William

The older adult dog may freeze, silently lift a lip, growl, then snap. This is an expected warning sequence that the pup will soon learn to respect. DO NOT SCOLD your Jack for this; this is a normal and needed exchange.

Be concerned anytime your adult dog follows your puppy around with a stiff tail and low head, which is stalking behavior, or if one dog is deeply frightened of the other. Learning to read canine body language and intention is tricky. If the harm requires veterinary treatment, separate the two dogs while you seek competent professional assistance.

But it sounds like things should smooth over soon at your household. Best of luck!

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