Posted : 6/25/2009 12:38:33 PM
Should we worry about this
In a word - no.
It is NORMAL for older dogs to correct puppies within reason. In fact, she can do a better job of it than you can and can help ensure that the pup is "polite" to OTHER dogs she meets when she is older.
That said, if she is tired, ill, hurting... well then she won't have the patience for a puppy. In any case, she and the puppy should have time away from each other, so that the pup gets rest and the older dog gets a break.
what can we do to make it easier on them?
Is either dog crate trained? Crates are a very good tool, provided they are used wisely and kindly. A crate would be very useful, not only for giving the older dog a rest from the puppy, but also for house training and ensuring that the pup does not chew on unsuitable items when you are not looking. I would make sure that the puppy never goes near the older dog's crate, so that she knows she has somewhere to retreat to if she wants a rest - this may make her less snarky and should certainly make her feel more secure.
If they DON'T have crates, then I would make sure that there is an area (her bed for example) that the puppy is not allowed access to. You can do this by physically blocking the area or simply by patiently and consistently moving the puppy away just before she gets too close.