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    Hi,

    My Fiance and I have had a Male JRT x Mini Foxy (Max) for about 2 and a half years, he has been the most spoilt dog that I have ever met.
    Recently we purchased a Female English x American Staffy (Mia), she tries to play with him all the time but he does not want a bar of her, when she tries to play with him, he starts to growl but when he runs away from her and she chases him then turns around to run back to us, he comes back, I just am wondering what we could do to make the transition a little easier on him as we are not wanting to get rid of Mia, if there is nothing we can do what are the chances of them getting along?

    Any advice would be great.

    Thanks

    Stephanie

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    Hi and welcome!
    How old is Max and how long have you had Mia?
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    Give it time. Your JRT will learn to accept that Mia is a permanent resident and will tolerate and sometimes play with her. My Pepsi was doing the same to Mimi. They now sleep next to each other on the couch when I am not home. They will occasionally play for a few minutes. Mimi has a high regard for her elder and respects her space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiemyf7 View Post
    Hi and welcome!
    How old is Max and how long have you had Mia?
    Hi, Thanks for the welcoming message, Max is about 2 and a half to three years old, we have had him since he was 12 weeks old. Mia has been with us for 3 days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mimi1 View Post
    Give it time. Your JRT will learn to accept that Mia is a permanent resident and will tolerate and sometimes play with her. My Pepsi was doing the same to Mimi. They now sleep next to each other on the couch when I am not home. They will occasionally play for a few minutes. Mimi has a high regard for her elder and respects her space.
    Thanks for your reply, she tries to play with him but he growls and walks away, he bares his teeth but he does not have the patch of hair on his back standing up. Everytime Max sits down and she comes close he also growls at her and moves away. I was thinking of putting his muzzle on and letting her jump on him but I don't think that is fair.

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    I would NOT put a muzzle on him! She is the intruder. It was his home before she came along! By growling and showing his teeth, he is telling her to "buzz off" and leave him alone. Max is still young and will eventually come around and see Mia as a playmate but for the moment he is telling her who is boss and she'd better listen. You too should treat him with respect to his position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mimi1 View Post
    I would NOT put a muzzle on him! She is the intruder. It was his home before she came along! By growling and showing his teeth, he is telling her to "buzz off" and leave him alone. Max is still young and will eventually come around and see Mia as a playmate but for the moment he is telling her who is boss and she'd better listen. You too should treat him with respect to his position.
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    I agree with the above...please don't put a muzzle on him..it's not the answer.
    I have a little dog (chi x mini foxy)..he's 8 and when we 1st bought Candy home as a 10 week old pup, Falcon was exactly the same with her. Growling, snapping, hair standing up, baring his teeth etc. I just left them be to sort out their pack order. Falcon may be little...Candy towers over him even as a puppy..but he knows where he stands.
    Honestly, it took about 8 weeks for Falcon to stop being such a grump towards Candy...and he finally started to play with her. Nearly 1 yrs has passed now..and they are best buddies

    Give them time...and leave them to sort it out.

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    Welcome to the forum!
    Last edited by Paw-Sha; 10-01-2009 at 11:04 AM.

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    :Welcome: to the forum! I am in agreeance with both Mimi1 and ozeymum, Max is simply stating his dominance in the house towards Mia.....It is quite normal behaviour! do not be worried at all. Max has been in your house for a long time and he has a right to tell Mia that. He will come around when he realises that Mia is here to stay....they will probably end up being best friends. A muzzle is definately not the wright way to go about it. Nor is telling Max off......The two dogs are just communicating with each other in dog language. don't forget to give Max LOTS of attention and pats infront of Mia, This will tell her that she is not pack leader over Max!....and you all will live happily ever after!
    Last edited by Paw-Sha; 10-01-2009 at 11:02 AM.

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    Wanted to say Hi!

    And agree with the others.

    Max is giving Mia a warning growl. Dont tell him off for this, its a good thing! If you punish the growling, you may inhibit the warning growl the next time and the dog may bite without growling first, in fact he may even feel more anxious and be even more likely to bite in the future, especially if you are not there to control the situation. Remember its all new for Max too, my advice would be just be sure to give him some 1 on 1 time with you daily to so he doesnt feel like he is being crowded out

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