So, I kept Trixie, out of Leah and Rex's litter. She was the smallest and weakest of the pups, I had to struggle to get her to breathe. The litter was born September 18th, so Trixie is coming up on four months old. They were Leah's first litter.
I have a two fold problem, and they may or may not be related. One, Leah is VERY rough with Trixie when she plays with her. Rolls her over and over when they play outside, pins her down, grooms her until the pup has thin coat patches. I stop her when I see the rough stuff. Trixie is usually desperately trying to get to ME when this happens, because she knows I will protect her.
Leah is absolutely the top dog here, I have 3 intact males in the house and *nobody* challenges her. I do understand alpha females...and I have a crowd of henpecked boys.
So Leah is problem number one. I should add Leah always backs off when I tell her to, has never challenged me or any other human in any way shape or form.
Over the last two weeks, Trixie has started showing serious submission signs to me. Peeing a little when I call her over, cowering when she's never had any violence (aside from her mother) done to her. She sleeps with me every night. This sort of submission has come out of the blue, and I don't know why it started.
Could it be because her mother is ruling her with an iron paw? Or something I am doing or not doing? She doesn't do that with my husband, or strangers/visitors.
Appreciate any thoughts on this! And thanks!