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    I must admit that I had similar thoughts as Hyacinth about whether adopting a dog that may just be a bad match to yours is the best thing to do. I would find it absolutely heartbreaking to send a rescue dog back, but it is a trial for a reason. Maybe there's a place for lovely Rusty with a dog he gets on with straight away. And maybe there's another rescue out there that would make a better companion for Reef? Maybe he would be more accepting of a female?

    But whatever you decide, I'm sure with your experience and dedication you will make the most of it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    What you want is for him to see the other dog as a source of good things for him. So you might want to investigate LAT and BAT - which involves rewarding Reef for looking at the other dog, and then looking at you... with something really yummy, until he can look at the other dog and expect something good from you and so he looks forward to seeing the other dog.
    Hyacinth, I really like the sound of this but dont know much about it. Can you please explain more about LAT and BAT?
    We are trying really hard to not growl at Reef, but just immediately distract him away from Rusty at any sign of growling or whining. We call him away with a light happy tone of voice and then when removed, we ask him to sit and then reward him for that.

    At night, we have them both in the house on opposite sides of the lounge room on their beds (and we each hold a loose leash). Sometimes if I reach down to pat Rusty, Reef is watching and whines or has a soft bark, but not a growl. What should I do then?

    thanks everyone for your help and support.

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    LAT look at that game - from "Control Unleashed" by Leslie McDevitt - which is a book that is all about training reactive dogs (ie ones that don't like other dogs for whatever reason) to be calm around dogs. It doesn't happen over night but with persistant training it can help the grumpy dog have a new opinion about other dogs and what they mean. (Eg good things)

    So here's a basic google to some articles
    https://www.google.com.au/#hl=en&q=L...ol%20unleashed

    and one for this site.
    https://www.google.com.au/#hl=en&scl...ogforum.com.au

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    thank you

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