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We just adopted a 4 1/2 month old puppy from the animal shelter. She is doing great except that she doesn't want to go outside at night with our other dog. They seem to get along okay unless there is food in the yard. I feel so bad when I have to put her out. She is really smart.

My other issue is the food thing. Our older dog is almost 5 years old and is a German Shepherd/Pyrenees mix and weighs about 85 pounds. The puppy is a mix of some sort. The vets think she's lab or border collie. Anyway, if there is food in the bowls, our older dog thinks that the food in the bowls in all hers (which right now it is because the puppy comes in for her food since she is on puppy food right now) but there will come a time when the two will be fed together and I don't want anything to happen to either one.

I need some advice.

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I had this issue with a stubborn american bull and a pound pup once..
it took some time but it works..
i had them set to eat only 2 times a day while this issue was there..
both times you should be there and act as the alfa dog. let them both know who the lead dog (boss) really is.
it took a lil over a week but ut worked.. the first couple of days I sat in a basic chair with one bowl to my left and the other to my right by my feet , and I was facing them so i could read their body language , and with a rolled up newspaper (for noise) I taught the Bulldog it was my food lol not his..
yea it takes time , like kids, but its part of beign a responsible pet owner..
so.. 2 feeding times per day , yes everyday , by the third or 4th day you should see a diff..

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Does anyone have any advice for me? They have started fighting now and I don't know what to do. I'm worried that my big dog is going to hurt the little one.