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    Default A Little Help... Introducing Adult Dogs *Updated*

    Hey guys I'm a newbie seeking a bit of help.

    A friend of mine has a 16 month old purebred staffy female and needs to find a new home for her as she has 2 dogs and just lost her partner and can no longer have her.

    I have a 4 year old female Kelpie X red clud heeler. Not sure if it makes a difference, my female is desexed, the staffy isnt (yet!).

    We attempted to introduce the dogs and the staffy tried to eat my dog (which i understand is expected to some point).

    What I am wondering is how do I introduce 2 adult females correctly?
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    My advice is - DON'T

    Two adult females is rarely a good idea and can turn out deadly.

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    WE have two females... one desexed.... one not.... they have not killed each other! They get along fine! They have an occasional fight when bitch is on heat but no blood shed or anything....
    I can only speak from my own experience but our girls have a clear dominant... my older female dominates and the younger dog knows this and wont push the limits!!

    Maybe just try gradually introducing them to each other.. and know that it IS possible!!

    Good luck and good on you for helping out your friend in this way..

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    I introduced mine on leads with 2 people holding one each. Mmmmm, 2 never ever got on and used to rip each other apart at any opportunity.

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    And when your older female becomes feeble your younger female will take the opportunity to try and assert herself. Don't care how lovely peoples experiences have been - it is a risk I would never take - not after some of the stuff Ive seen and heard and experienced

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    Even when I had the two old girls - Sandy and Billie - I never left them alone together. Billie was 9 and Sandy 14 and they were ready to go each other - both had exquisite temperaments but both were also bitches and they knew and so did anyone who got on their wrong side

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    My girls live together. But they have since youngsters so no problem.

    The young girl has had her life turned upsdide downand may well feel defensive. Did you try the introduction on neutral ground?

    The young girl may feel immediately on the back foot if she is meeting the older one on her established territory. I wouldn't write the relationship off just yet.

    Even try walking them together with the staffy girl wearing a nylon muzzle. This not only keeps your other girls safe, but gives you the confidence to handle her through and tell her off for any aggro without feeling fear. They will both pick up on you being nervous when handling them.

    Be their confident leader. If they walk together they are forming a pack bond. Jogging is even better, It's impossible to have face to face posturing and aggro when they are trotting along, getting worn out together.



    Where Mags?? She has two girls...

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    Well so far so good!

    Jazmin (Staffy) is here with us for a little while so we can see how things go.

    I took her out the back (on the lead) and Mack ran around her sniffing, there was twice she tried to show Mack who was dominant and I just let them go (obviously I would stop them as soon as it went too far), Mack rolled on her side and let Jaz be the boss and its been good since then! Mack and my kids ran out the back and poor Jaz wanted to go too lol.

    I am yet to let them run around together unsupervised, and will keep them seperate for now, until they get to know each other, but for now, it seems they are going to be good friends. But we shall see!

    Thanks for the info! I have heard from many people that 2 females dont work, but I have had 2 females & 2 males, male & female before and know that it can work, its just getting them at an older stage I'm not sure on.

    Thanks again, and I'll keep you updated on how it goes!

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    Well day 2 and it still seems to be ok.

    I think I should have asked about the cat meeting the dog rather than Mack! Poor Jazmine got the shock of her life when my kamikaze cat attempted to eat her and now shes looking around every corner waiting to be eaten lol.

    I'm for now keeping the dogs separated.

    Although Nattylou I love the idea of taking them for a run, unfotunatly kids, gravity etc, that just wont work... for me or anyone who should happen to catch a glimpse lol.

    I have been taking Jazmine out the back on the lead for 30 minutes at a time and just letting them do their own thing, they are still getting grumpy at each other, but I guess thats what they need to do to sort out who is in charge.

    I'm loving her temp, she follows me everywhere, she just craves being around people.

    Here are a couple of pics
    1. Mack wants kisses, Jazmine would prefer her nick off.
    2. Mack trying to get a quick sniff in.
    3. Jazzy sleeping at my feet.
    4. Jazzy asking for some Weet Bix lol.
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    Gorgeous pics! She's a lovely colour, and has a beautiful expression. I got a real giggle out of the cat story!!

    I'm glad things are going well so far. I think individual dogs temperaments matter more than their gender.

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