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    Default My dog is scared of my puppy :(

    Hello all,

    I have a slight issue with my dog I am hoping people can offer some advice. Let me start from the beinging tho.

    About 5 weeks ago I had two heathly happy dogs a ridge back and a boxer both pure breed well trained dogs unfortantly we took the both dogs walking oneday and the boxer just died she was 7 years old and we thought she had a hart attack It was very sad and we still miss her every day. Tia our Ridgeback who is 4 years old misses her the most and cryed and cryed most nights. Well 3 days ago we decided that it was time to invest in another puppy and we have gone out and brought a red healer who is named Rosie who is 6 weeks old and is just sooo adorable! However Tia does not agree she is scared of her and runs and hides in her bed. She has growled and snarled at her which is very unlike Tia. If only our animals could talk to us!

    We have the two seperated and I make sure they spend time together each day. Tia still goes on her daily walks and is feed before Rosie.

    Im hoping they'll just get used to one anther. What do you think ?

    On thing I am thinking of doing is taking Tia in to get de-sex we had plans to breed from her however we have never found the perfect fellow for her and I am happy to have her de-sex. Rosie will be getting de-sex at soon as she is of the right age.My plan was to have them de-sex together but I am happy to get Tia done earlier if it will help the situation.

    Is there anything else I can do to help the situation?

    Thanks for any help in advance

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    Hi,

    How long have you had your puppy for? Sometimes it can take months for dogs to get use to eachother, sometimes they never do. It took about a month or so for Harley to get use to Bella when we first brought her home and around the same for them both to get use to the cat.

    I'd only let them be around each other while supervised. It also wouldn't hurt to get Tia desexed as well.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Only 3 days so not long and Tia is getting better I like a happy home tho! Quicker we all get a long the better

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    Lol oh well still very early days.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    I have found walking dogs together helps them overcome issues with eachother. I know you can't just go walking the puppy around the streets now, but perhaps walking together around the house on lead or putting the pup in some kind of pram or something to get it out on the walk with your ridge back?
    Allow the ridgey space to get away from the pup. Some pups can be a bit too full on and the older dogs need some space to relax.

    Feel free to put up some pics of your dogs

    P.s. Sorry to hear about your loss

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    Yea what they said.

    Cant offer much more than that, all our pups have integrated nicely within the first 24 hours. I think its just luck!

    I would definitely be trying to do some things where you can include both dogs!

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    Pawfectionist is right, walking them together is probably the most reliable way to get them to bond as it focuses their attention on walking and gets them used to being in each other's company.

    The trick here is to program Tia's brain to associate the puppy with very positive things like walks, treats and praise. When she's nice to the puppy, such as sitting with it or allowing it to play near her, give her a treat and praise and act like she's the most fantastic dog in the world. Teach her that being nice to the puppy is easy and rewarding. She needs a place to escape but it's also bad for her to always avoid the puppy instead of interacting with it. Annoying behaviour is normal in puppies and it is partly her job to teach it what it can and can't get away with. A certain amount of growling and gentle biting is normal, but there is a problem if your puppy squeals and cries when she disciplines it.

    Try to see it from her point of view - her best friend suddenly dropped dead, she's in the process of grieving, and here is this stupid, annoying little thing that is muscling in on her territory. Once Tia realizes that the puppy is at the bottom rung of the pack and that she occupies a priveliged position below you, she'll probably start warming up. Supervise their interaction and remove the puppy if it gets too annoying, this will communicate that you have Tia's interests at heart and will reinforce the idea of you as a strong and responsible leader.

    The more positive, fun times you give them together, the more they'll bond - to the point where you can leave them alone together like a normal family.

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