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    Default Getting Another Dog

    At the moment i own a six year old female Australian Kelpie (named Dodge), i love her so much!!!
    Soon i am hoping to get an Australian shepherd pup, but i am concerned about Dodge and how she will react with a new pup around. Dodge is very dominant and nippy with animals smaller than her, including small dogs or pups, she spends a lot of her time rounding up the chickens, typical Kelpie though! i am also wanting some tips on dogs being jealous, because i am worried that Dodge will get jealous over this new pup, and i would absolutely hate it if Dodge was unhappy!!!

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    Like humans, you can never guarantee that they will get on. If you are concerned about the safety of a new pup, maybe an older rescue dog that dodge meets before a decision is made, may be the way to go.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Well I guess you have to decide if this would be an ongoing thing or just a settling in thing as having constant war going on between two dogs is not a fun.

    It will also be pretty terrifying for the puppy and not good for it's socialisation.

    I find the best solution is to introduce them on neutral territory, have the older dog on a lead and have someone hold that while you hold puppy in your arms then bend down and present puppy's behind to the older dog so it can sniff it, give the puppy treats while you are doing this and if possible also the older dog. This prevents the older dog having to chase down the puppy to sniff it. Then bring them into the house yard together and monitor how rough the older dog is getting with the puppy.

    Having a separate area for puppy to go into so they can get used to each other eg thru a mesh fence is also good. Not picking up the puppy, or constantly giving it special treatment and at the same time not overcompensating with the older dog because you have brought in an interloper.

    I always put down the food bowl of the established dog first and then the next arrival, remember though that puppies are used to all feeding from the same bowl so watch it doesn't rush the older dogs bowl.

    Remove all bones etc from the house yard, replace or temporarily remove favourite toys and reintroduce new ones.

    Exercise the older dog more than you usually do and particularly before the first meeting. That way the older dog is a little bit more calmer.

    There are lots of other tips thru various other threads.

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    thanks for the tips, they are a great help!
    i dont think it will be an ongoing problem, because as the new dog gets older, Dodge will most likely not act like as dominant and nippy.

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    Don't worry maddogdodge I will be going thru the same thing in a couple of weeks when we get our new dog. My dog Boss is a jealous type too..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peta23 View Post
    Don't worry maddogdodge I will be going thru the same thing in a couple of weeks when we get our new dog. My dog Boss is a jealous type too..
    ohh, i hope it all goes well with Boss!

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