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I know the local RSCPA does let you take your dog to meet a potential friends, and an overnight trial period. We're going to the other local shelter next weekend, Mindy is staying at the kennel for the weekend. So depending on what we decide we'll talk with them as well.
Her first weekend at a kennel. I'm nervous, but I think she'll have a ball. And its only for a weekend.
I'm just not sure what to look out for in another dog. How do I know they'll get along? Or is it just a case of what them play and if they like each other, take them home and keep my fingers crossed?
Thanks TKay. Mindy is rather dominant, so I guess I need to keep a look out for a submissive dog.
Do they have behaviourists at your shelter or RSPCA? Even the full time kennel staff can be a great help in chatting about your situation.
I'm sure she'll have a ball at the kennels - like kids going on school camp. She'll also be happy to come home afterwards!
We introduced Mindy to Jake a 10 month old Kelpie X this morning. They got along ok at the first introduction.
We picked Jake up this afternoon, and things aren't going as well as I'd hoped.
I took Jake for a walk, and Rob got Mindy and met up with us at the park. Mindy ended up rolling Jake on his back while growling. We seperated them, and continued the walk. There was another incident where Mindy tried to chase him off.
Back in the yard, there has been a couple of squabbles, and things have settled down into ignoring each other.
I'm quietly stressing over it all, whilst Rob is telling me to let them sort it out.
Mindy has never shown dog aggression before. She's always had a dominant nature. With Jake, she's rolled him and gone for the throat whilst growling. No blood, but she hasn't shown signs of backing off when Jake has submitted, or yelped. We've had to pull her off.
They are now only getting sniffs while mindy is held by the collar. Jake is quite timid.
Mindy is currently inside with us, while Jake is exploring outside. Mindy will spend the night outside as usual. Jake will spend the night in the makeshift fenced off area of the yard.
I'm very worried and not sure where to go from here. If this going to be a lost cause? Will she now show this aggression with other dogs on walks?
She is probably feeling that her position in the family is being threatened by his presence. I wouldn't think it was the end of the world, most settle down and find out quickly that it's nice to have company.
Make sure that you all just really behave as if nothing is out of the ordinary. It has to be really like any other day. Even if you have to intervene keep it cool and calm. Be their leader. She might be feeling like she has to show the new dog how things work. You should be doing that - take control calmly and let her relax and enjoy the company.
Best thing - take them for brisk on-lead walks together so that they are bustling along, too busy to have disputes. If they try and squabble, keep them moving forwards.
She doesn't relax when he's near, just stares at him. As soon as he moves, she goes for him.
He's quite submissive, crouches down as small as he can. She still goes for him.
They will be sleeping with a fence between them, and see how things go tomorrow i guess.
I've always introduced dogs to each other while on a leash walk. Normally both dogs are too busy taking in the sights and sounds to worry about each other and their first experience together is a good one.
For a dominant dog I may have introduced a dog younger than 10 months as I understand that your current dog is 1yo. It sounds like your 1yo is really trying to ram home her status. Interference early on (I know it's hard not too) can mean that she now has to double her efforts.
Does your current dog enjoy the company of other dogs at off-leash dog parks? Some dogs enjoy the company of others but don't necessarily want to share their home or are excessive in displaying their dominant position for fear that it will be taken from them.
Can you observe them without being around them? ie from a kitchen window to see if the difference in your current dog is whether her humans are present.
And which dog when fully grown will be the biggest do you think?
After much thought today. We've made the decision to return Jake.
He deserves a better home than we can provide atm.
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