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Old 02-02-2013, 12:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 5 year old male, GSD who has only been able to play with other dogs that he met when he was a puppy (under a year). My brother just got a new Rottweiler puppy (7 weeks) and I want and need my dog to meet his and get along. What is going to be the best way for them to meet and eventually get along? We have family gatherings all the time and my dog; Titan always comes b/c he is friends with my parents 2 dogs. Now that my brother has a puppy, the new dog will be there too.

The last time my dog meet another new dog, we went on a walk. If we stopped walking, my dog would turn aggressive on the other dog.

I really need to find something that will work before the puppy gets to big. I am hoping that since my brother's dog is a puppy that Titan won't be intimidated and that the puppy will be very submissive.

Please help! Thank you!
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Old 02-02-2013, 01:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hate to break it to you, but if your dog is the way you're saying, I wouldn't push the issue. It's very possible that he is never going to like this other dog in a way that allows you to let them be together.

I have a dog like your male GSD. Mike has been fine with dogs he knew when he was a puppy, but he'll turn 10 in a few weeks so the population of Mike's Friends is shrinking quickly! Mike does not like other dogs, Mike can not be trusted with other dogs. He doesn't start any trouble but he'd rather the other dogs NOT touch him or get in his face. He reacts first and thinks later. That's the way he's wired, and I do NOT have Mike out casually (not under command) with other dogs besides my old girl Ianna. He is fine with Bunny thru kennel fencing or an x-pen, and watching them play thru the fence I could almost convince myself that he'd actually be friendly with Bunny. I'm not fooled, I know what he's like and how quickly he can go off.

Please be very careful with this situation. The impression your dog makes on this baby puppy will stay with that puppy FOR LIFE. A bad experience at a very young age can turn the Rottie into a dog that either hates GSDs or is terribly fearful of them, and neither option is good. It has taken me a very long time to get Bunny comfortable with random GSDs, especially males, after her ONE bad experience with Mike when she was 10 weeks old. She actually does have male GSD friends now, but they are definitely not her preference.

Please listen and learn, and don't take chances with a baby puppy.
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Thank you for the reply. Yes, I don't want it to go bad for either, especially with the Rotti also being a dominant breed. Titan feeds off of my anxiety so I know that I can not be around when they first meet. Titan is also very submissive to my brother and listens to him better than he has ever with me. He never starts the fights but like your saying with yours, just doesn't want them playing in his face or too close. I know if we go for a walk, he will be fine with him..it is just the stopping afterwards that has me concerned.
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