Oookkkaaayyy...so recently I posted about how Finley has become a tyrant to our cat, chasing him and bullying him. We have been working on teaching him to be nice to the cat, and it's going okay...I would have said it was going pretty well, but Finley seemed to forget everything two days ago and had another bad cat-bullying day, so it's a work in progress...
He's actually quite the damn tyrant in general at this point. Don't get me wrong, he's still a very happy, playful, loving puppy who we adore. But he's also quite the butt head right now. What I need to know, is if this is "normal" puppy maturing behaviour that will settle soon, or if it's the start of some serious issues that we need to do more to fix now.
We have never had two male dogs before, so this is new to us and I don't want to write it off as "growing pains" and then regret it if it becomes a massive problem later.
He has reached the stage - he's not quite 10 months old now - where he's decided he's all grown up now and king of the world. He has starting testing Gizmo for dominance...they have started fighting more often. Not all the time, but it's a daily occurrence at least once or twice a day now; typically they start by playing, but it gets rough and next thing we know they're actually fighting. We totally leave them be and let them go at it (with close supervision of course) to sort it out. Gizmo always puts him in his place, and after a minute Finley rolls over and submits. But he keeps trying.
Over the last two days, he has twice now picked fights with Tinkerbell. She starts playing with a toy, and he immediately drops what he's doing to go steal it from her. On these occasions, she has told him off when he takes it, and he immediately fights back. Again, we have left them so she can put him in his place - BUT, while she does fight back, she very quickly has backed down and let him win, and off he goes with the toy. Obviously, I'm sure this is going to his overinflated puppy head and not helping the situation - PLUS, she's miserable about it when it happens. She sulks, immediately loses interest in playing, and seems a bit tense if he's near for a while afterwards. I'm worried he may figure out how easy it is to bully Tink and start harassing her like he does the cat...
And he's an absolute jerk when we take him out and he sees any other dog. Won't stop barking at the dog.
So, I wanted some opinions - growing pains that we need to wait out, or problems brewing? Obviously, I have no intention of letting him get away with this bad behaviour - we are working on him with Oliver, and we are going to start packing snacks around with us when we take him out so we can redirect his attention when he barks at another dog, making him sit/lie down etc. Our breeder also suggested randomly putting him on his back and gently pinning him down for a few seconds throughout the day to help remind him of his place. I wanted to see what you knowledgeable people had to say