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Old 03-27-2014, 04:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 4 month old female (house trained, UTD on shots, will be spayed)... and a 9 month old male has come to my attention. He is neutered, house trained, UTD on shots, chipped, and good with kids. The only thing I'm worried about is the owner says he is nervous of other dogs because he was "jumped" when he was younger. She said he is fine off leash at the dog park, that he will just bark and then curl up into a ball if he gets scared. Is this a concern? Could this later turn to aggression? Any advice would be more than welcome/helpful!
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He is still very young and will hopefully increase his confidence as he grows older. You will just have to be careful with him and try not to put him in a position where another dog will attack him, try and have him around other dogs that are stable for a while.

Also you have to realise because of his fear, he has become unstable and many dogs will pick on him because of this, so you will have to be vigilant and prove to him you are in control and will take control of situations so he doesn't have to.

Your 4mo might be a good way for him to build confidence around other dogs.
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Very good points, thank you! Pearl (my female) is very confident and friendly... not aggressive or submissive.
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Granted, she's 4mo but you know what I mean
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Oh, oh, having your eyes on a dog is most likely a point of no return . You will have a lot of work ahead of you; raising your young pup and rehabilitating a nervous dog. The pup may be helping him but he can also model for the pup and make her nervous around other dogs and /or creating pack behavior in a park. It is best to work them separately in surroundings that may pose a problem for him and also to make sure that they bond with you individually. I cannot imagine getting another dog with DDog now, as he is also 4 months old. I just had a guest dog stay with us for a day and I completely lost the bond with DDog. But I realize that things could be different for your dog(s). Anyways, I would think hard about it before jumping into this and arrange a good trainer to work with if you decide to get him. Good luck with your decision.
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My advice is always to pass when the resident dog is still such a baby. Your four month old puppy deserves your focus and attention right now. At four months old she will go through so many changes and stages. In order for her to reach her full potential, she will need your guidance and at this point you have no idea how much of your time and effort that guidance will require.

There will ALWAYS be other dogs later on. You will have many opportunities to add another dog to your home. As hard as it is to say "No", it really is the right thing to do.
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You are so right. I'm leading with my heart instead of my head. Thank you! I'll give my time and training to Pearl so she can reach her full potential.
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You are so right. I'm leading with my heart instead of my head. Thank you! I'll give my time and training to Pearl so she can reach her full potential.
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You are so right. I'm leading with my heart instead of my head. Thank you! I'll give my time and training to Pearl so she can reach her full potential.
Yay! You won't regret it.
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