Firstly hi everyone, first post on here. (I'll probably waffle on sorry lol)
My existing dog (Harvey) is a desexed Traditional Chinese Shar-pei (bonemouth) 6 years old. His an awesome dog and my best mate. Sadly 9-10 months ago he was diagnosed with Lymphoma(Cancer). His been fighting it since. His done a full 6 months of chemo, but sadly it came back 6 weeks after this so his been on chemo again, and just recently an adjusted protocol as it's effectiveness is now reducing (as expect). So the poor guy is getting to the pointy end, it's always a lotto with these things but maybe a few months .
Anyways a few months back I had the idea of getting him a mate, I'm gone work days 9-10 hours a day, and live alone. I'll at admit now while a fair portion of of this idea was to give him company during the day, the rest of it was my subconscious pushing the idea, given me a distraction and second mate when Harvey's time comes.
Initially I thought puppy but ruled this out, knowing first hand the work involved, the huge distraction/time keep it would be away from Harvey and also that it would likely just annoying him.
So 5-6 weeks ago trolling the RSPCA found 1year 6month a Shar-pei cross female up north, her name Chilli. After a number of discussions she seemed like the perfect dog.
So a bit of a road trip with Harv, and intro and the family was now 3 . When I asked what the Shar-pei 'cross' was, the RSPCA woman loosely indicated 'Dingo', don't know for sure, but coat wise, size wise, build wise she seems to fit, I do get a few people commenting/asking when out (at the beach etc) too haha.
Initially I was told and it certainly appeared she was a very laid back and relaxed dog (which she is when not exited, happy to chill around the house). I soon found that some of this was attributed to some fear submission, I don't think she was treated the best previously. Rolling up an electrical cord or hose bought out a huge fear cowering response, so perhaps hit sadly.
In the weeks I've had her, I've over come most of these fears and she's quite good now. However what's coming out is a super happy lively dog that I now realise I'm really going to have to keep ontop of training and rules wise. While initially she was great, would listen, stick with me, come quite well etc, with her confidence up so is her drive to push boundaries.
When in a calm state she is wonderful, does push for attention, especially when Harvey is getting some affection, but working on this and it's getting better.
My problems start when she get excited. Her food and prey drives are epic. While she good enough to sit and wait and look at me before getting her food, she winges and almost trembles, fidgeting at thought of eating. Again getting better as she's understanding needs to calm first. Prey drive, perhaps she is part Dingo as boy does she like to chase. Didn't pick it at first, and even in the park once early off they both chased a cat, Harv is great, can call him off instantly and he'll stop, and she pretty much did also (at least this first time haha). But Perhaps it was that first rush, because now there's no stopping her, and it seems to be getting worse. Can be applied to other dogs too. I probably shouldn't have let her have a few more chases, (doh!!), but I've now only got her on a long lead (rope) at anytime I'm not 100% sure there's something to chase.
While Harvey certainly has a chase/prey drive, at times years ago I stupidly encouraged it for fun, it's never been hard to stop him chasing. Being 6 now he basically doesn't even bother now unless I was to rev him up to it. I know Chilli is only 1year 7months, so probably prime 'boundary' pushing age, but I'm all for well controlled dogs, and certainly want her to follow in her older brothers footsteps.
My conundrum comes is with time. I so much want to invest a heap of time, effort and training into Chilli now knowing she's certainly going to need it, but then on the flip side Harv sadly only having months left, it's a distraction I just don't think I can dedicate what I'd like too.
In hindsight, yes, I probably shouldn't have got another dog just yet, despite my ideas and efforts trying to get a quite relaxed and easy dog (I should have known better, it's always a lotto, especially with rescue dogs /facepalm lol) but things are now how they are, and one must deal with it.
I want to train chilli with a combo of marker/positive but with a level of corrections too. Harv was trained with rewards and corrections, taught a little more old school but not bad 'harsh' as I see some mean owners do, I've learnt and read alot more since.
Will delaying intense training of Chilli be detrimental longer term? I'm not talking no training at all, still plenty of rules and training at home, rules when out and a level of training, there, just not as intense as i think is necessary, as you can understand if you read the above novel (sorry), my reluctance to take away too much time between myself and Harv.
A few pics of the pair of them. Harv's obviously the dark brown one.
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