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ChetsDad 05-02-2014 10:23 AM

New adopted dog, are we introducing the right way, any tips appreciated
Hi all, pretty new here to the forum. We have our first GSD, Chet, who is 8 months old. Very well behaved ( so far :) ), socialized, loves every dog he meets. Last night we adopted a 3 year old vizsla, Charlie. We lost our last vizsla almost a year ago, and my wife has been dying to have another one in our little family. The dogs met last night, Chet absolutely loved him, Charlie not so much. Just growled and nipped at him a little when Chet got up in his face, though his tail was still wagging. It was at the place Charlie has been living, a neutral location wasn't really an option, so I'm assuming that was part of it. Plus, with Chet's size, he can be a little overwhelming I think. Charlie is a very sweet, happy little dog, very loving, and attached right to my wife. Anyway, we plan on crating them and just rotating in and out for a few weeks so they get used to the idea of each other in the house. We are keeping them in crates in our bedroom, and last night went fine. Chet barked because he wanted to play, but settled down and went to sleep. I know it will take time for them to get used to one another, just want to make sure I go about it the right way. Thanks in advance for any advice!

Ellimaybel 05-02-2014 11:39 AM

Welcome to the forum! Sounds like you're on the right track to being the new owners of 2 loving pets. I have a feeling you'll be posting pictures of them sleeping together one day :)

Daisy&Lucky's Mom 05-02-2014 03:02 PM

Chet's Dad I just wemt through introductions last year w/ two sisters and our Lucky. all are seniors. i got alot of good advice . Your idea of crate and rotate sounds like it is on the right track. The other thing that helped was walking in a neutral area alternating which dog in front and back. It took us 6 months and Lucky still prefers to hang inside the house by himself but e have a pack. I had two threads Going from one dog to three and Two senior sisters.I got alot of advice. Jean ,one of the mods is really a good person to check her posts or Pm her as is llombardo and alot of folks.I still tried to make sure Lucky had his specail time w/ me to help him transition.Looking forward to your pictures.

carmspack 05-02-2014 03:22 PM

your 8 month old youngster is a bit too forward , brash for the sophisticated older Charlie dog. He needs to slow down . Go through the ritualistic greeting , where a body check can be done by both . First base , first ! .

Put them both on lead . Go for walk , two people , two dogs , each on left side , parallel . The dogs will be looking at each other , scoping it out . If Charlie selected your wife , then let your wife walk that dog - extra sense of security . You can walk the GSD and have him on his good manners. After a while when the body postures change to not being so upright , more relaxed , less shifty eye balling , stop , and face wife for a moment , but with distance , so that the dogs are looking at each other but no contact. Brief stop, the keep on moving . Do this a few times , arrange so that each dogs rear end is available to the other for a safe sniff , then move so that they are comfortable with each other sniffing ears and mouth . Don't position them head on nose to nose . Allow them room to avoid direct eye contact . Keep the young guy on his manners though.

He'll learn . After a while -- like the KD (Kraft Dinner ad says) "let your fun out !" will happen.

ChetsDad 05-03-2014 07:58 AM

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