Suggestions to Dogs adapting to the new pup.....
We recently brought home a new pup this past weekend and the one dog I was worried about has actually done great! But my youngest (yorkie) seems to be having a hard time of it, surprisingly so. he is the baby of the group (before our GSD showed up). Bochus our yorkie does not have a mean bone in his body, never seen him growl or snap at anyone or anything other than when he is playing or looking at himself int he mirror....LOL this boy is the sweetest dog I have ever met and very playful....when Kesler (our GSD that recently passed away) was living her and Bochus were best of friends. But for some reason he runs from the puppy (Silas) even if Silas is just walking by. When Bochus our yorkie runs of course Silas thinks he is playing so he haphazardly trots after him, never getting too close though. There is absolutely no aggression a on anyones part. When they have been in close quarters Silas has gotten close enough for them to smell each other but that is it, then Bochus takes off again. I know this will take time but my worry is Silas will grow fast and if he is scared of him now I worry what it will be like when he is twice the size he is now or three times the size etc...
Silas is also pretty laid back and seems to have a lower drive but he is a puppy and wants to play whenever he is awake and understandably so.
If we are holding Silas, bochus will come close and smell and he will even get in his play stance tail wagging and bark at him as if he wants to play but from a distance. The last thing I want to do is force bochus to love him but I would hope that within time he will at least feel comfortable in his precense.
I have been pretty lucky in the past with dogs acclimating etc (and have had many dogs in my past years) so experiencing this type of concern is fairly new territory. I don't want this to effect my yorkies demeanor and feel like he always has to shy away now with the pup in the picture.
Anyone else experience this and have any suggestions on the best way to make him feel more comfortable with the transition.
Last edited by Crocky; 10-02-2013 at 11:36 PM.