As a few of you may know we adopted a 3 year old Cardi from someone a few months ago.
He has been doing great! He isn't very shy anymore, doesn't bark at people outside of our home (he is very protective, but not aggressive) and loves to go on walks and go on car rides.
He bares his teeth at our Cardi pup, though. Even if our pup just comes up to him he will grin aggressively. Even if our pup is doing nothing! He will even growl sometimes. I find this odd since he obviously likes our pup- if our pup whines or welps he will come running over to check him out, and always wants to be by his side when they both go places, even being protective of him?
Any ideas what this is? I know older dogs like to keep the younger ones in check but he'll lash out at the pup even if he hasn't done anything.
Also, our pup is about 8 months old but has not been fixed yet. I don't want to get him fixed yet since he isn't spraying or being aggressive and I want to let his chest drop a bit more (it is almost there!!). We are planning to fix him next month.
However, he is becoming verrryyy suspicious of new people. He used to just run up to them, tail ablaze, happy as ever to meet a new person!
Now, he barks, head down, staring at them... watching their every move.
He has been WELL socialized with babies, children, adults, every animal under the sun- so it worries me a bit. Is this just doggie puberty? Will he get better about it after the snip?
Thanks so much!