Howdy all. I've been reading here a few weeks, and have finally decided to register.
I'm just looking for a bit of advice.
We have a 5yo cattle cross desexed boy (Duke), who we have had since 8 weeks. He was adopted from the pound.
We recently adopted a 6mo terrier cross desexed boy (Chopz) from a rescue group. The vet paperwork indicates he may have a bit of foxy/jack russell - who knows?
Pup has been at home with us for two weeks now, and both dogs seem to get along fine. There has been far less scrapping and/or jealousy than I expected. At first, pup barked at every noise. We live on a street that leads down to a train station, so there are quite a few passer bys, and our neighbours are young girls that often come and go. He barked like crazy at them at first, but this has started to settle to a growl, and the odd barking fit here and there.
Over the weekend, we took them both to the dog beach, as the older boy loves to swim. Puppy barked at everyone and everything. He got really worked up, and was shaking. His heart was racing, and we ended up having to leave because he was so stressed.
Because of the holidays, we've mostly been home for the last two weeks since we adopted him, and yesterday was both of our first day back at work. Our other neighbours told us last night that he barked most of the day. (They are good neighbours, and weren't whinging - I specifically asked)
Before I went to work, I spent a half hour exercising them (we exercise at night too), made sure there was food, water, toys, bones, etc. We are also doing basic obedience twice daily. He is very clever, and has mastered sit, drop, stay, beg, rollover, etc. I had my dad come on check on them about lunch time to make sure all was okay, and he said they were just chilling on the verandah.
I'm not sure what the cause of his behaviour is, and I'm not sure how to handle it. Because he is a rescue, obviously there is some history I don't know. Also, my previous experience is mostly with working dogs - cattle, kelpie, crosses, etc and he is a different breed altogether.
So, I wonder if anyone will weigh in on what I could do to turn this behaviour around before it becomes an issue? IE, is there something specific I could be doing in terms of environment, training or conditioning that might help?