Please help me teach these 2 canines to co-exist
I have a 6 year old 12 pound mutt and my boyfriend has a 40 pound mutt, 2 years old. Both dogs are neutered males. Here's the issue...
My little guy spends all his time in corners growling. My boyfriends dog thankfully is patient and doesn't have a mean bone in his body. He is completely unphased by the growling and just goes about his life and continues to try to be friends. He'll walk right over to him while he's growling and stand like a statue to be sniffed and has been over the top friendly.
There have been no altercations but this behavior has been the same for 2 months now and it's wearing on everyone. We were hoping it would work itself out but no luck. If I scold the little one for growling he stops but it always starts up again. And he's fine coexisting quietly if there's food involved or if were going for a walk but not in the house or in the yard if there isn't something "fun" going on.
It's reaching a point where the thought of finding the little grumbled another family where he'd be an only dog is floating around in my head. But I love him and would really like to try and make this work. He's never been like this before. He's always been grumbly with new dogs but gets over it quickly and has canine friends in all sizes. I guess he just doesn't like this guy?
Any suggestions would be appreciated.