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Old 08-20-2003, 09:54 AM   #1
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Default old dog doesnt like the new dog - please help

Ok, so we have a 3 yr old pomeranian, he doesnt play with other dogs much, and got bit(but not seriously) by a bigger dog when he was younger. Now all the kids are off at school and the dog is staying with my parents so we thought we'd get him a pal to play with. Get a 8 week old pomeranian and our old dog is scared of it. Wont really let it get near him or play with him. The new dog wants to play with him and gets upset if he cant. The old one gets upset for the other reason. Also both are not really sleeping because of this. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get them used to each other? Or will this run its course over time, and if so how much?

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Old 08-20-2003, 11:43 AM   #2
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wish i could help, i dont know if any strategy to overcome this, my aunt had a similar situation w/ her dogs, but i guess they were eventually realized they were gonna be together for a long time.... good luck
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Old 08-20-2003, 12:04 PM   #3
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I've done this:

The old dog is jelous of the new dog, it's his (old dog's home) and you brought in a replacement and he's (the old dog) is still there.

You must give the old dog preference in everything. Always greet the old dog first. Always feed the old dog first. Always pet the old dog first. If he understands he is first, he will settle down. You cannot treat them equally, the puppy won't mind, he has nothing to measure his treatment against.

Good Luck!
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Old 08-20-2003, 01:35 PM   #4
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Give them time; they'll work things out after a while.
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Old 08-20-2003, 03:02 PM   #5
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seriously now, you need to stop treating squirrels like dogs!

Get a real dog and feed the two squirrels to the real dog. Problem solved
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Old 08-20-2003, 04:20 PM   #6
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I've done this:

The old dog is jelous of the new dog, it's his (old dog's home) and you brought in a replacement and he's (the old dog) is still there.

You must give the old dog preference in everything. Always greet the old dog first. Always feed the old dog first. Always pet the old dog first. If he understands he is first, he will settle down. You cannot treat them equally, the puppy won't mind, he has nothing to measure his treatment against.

Good Luck!
Dogs are territorial. THey also try to establish dominance, and you can help by showing the older one she/he is still in charge thru preferrential treatment. All in all, correct any aggressive behavior but try to ignore their scuffles unless it ends up in severe damage ie bites, bleeding, etc.

I had the same issue with our pit and sheperd (big dogs) and I actually got bitten trying to separate them the first time they fought. After I stayed out of it they settled everything amongst themselves with no physical damage (bites, etc.) to each other.
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