2 rescue springers 1 problem!!!
I know it's early days having only brought home my two rescue springers yesterday, but I am slightly concerned by the behaviour of Gwen. She is 7and a half and was spayed 5 days ago. He has been neutered. Buster is 9 years old and is simply the most perfect gentleman. They have always lived together with Gwen joining buster as a puppy. We are their 3rd home, the last owners being devasted at having to give them up but work meant they were being left for very long periods of time. They were in kennels for the week before I brought them home.
My concern is its apparent that Gwen is top dog, but she snaps at buster for no apparent reason. He was sat cleaning his paw today and she just lunged at him. She doesn't bite him, it's like a warning but he hadn't done anything wrong. Again earlier today he walked past her when she was in her bed and she just flew at him. Is this normal top dog behaviour, how should I deal with it. It's quite scary especially as I have never had 2 dogs at the same time before, but always had gentle springers (boys) I know and understand she has been through a lot but he has too and is just so chilled out he is a joy. He doesn't react to her just takes it on the chin but I don't like seeing it happen to him as he isn't doing anything wrong. She is a very loving dog, climbing on your knee for cuddles etc and can get jealous when we make a fuss of him but we deal with that , its just this lunging and flying at him that I'm worried about and don't like. Poor buster !!! Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Am going to ring the rescue centre tomorrow to see if she has a history of it but in the meantime any help or advice would be appreciated.
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