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03-21-2014 01:46 PM
katierae92
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Originally Posted by Chip18 View Post
Yep neither did I! I used the every dog for himself approach with my three! That did not work out so well!

Guess I caught a small break my Female Boxer wanted no part of the tow boys and there Top Dog carp!

Lol, we semi-do that with our two now, but it is obvious who is the leader between the two, since Koda submits to anyone and everyone. And Beau ignores his existence, so there have been no problems there. As long as the human is the leader over the two though, there are no problems.

When the puppy comes, I feel he will try to be top dog over the other two, but I also think the other two won't really care. That could all be wrong though, I will just have to wait and see. :}
03-21-2014 01:39 PM
katierae92
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I have a shih tzu at home and unfortunately he has NEVER liked my puppy, ever. My pup is 11 months old now and Rai Li still growls at him every time he sees him and will snap and bluster at him if he goes close and tries to sniff (which the pup wants to do because it's fun apparently). Nothing I've done has made the little dog change his mind. I make the puppy give him space and if the shih tzu won't HUSH he is then relegated to the bedroom. He's 14 years old so I figure he's just not going to change. To top it off, he's getting very hard of hearing and has cataracts, so I think it makes him more wary of the puppy's sneaking up on him (in his viewpoint .. he can't hear the herd of elephants coming).

Hopefully, your experience will be much more peaceful than mine! If my little dog were younger, I might would have been able to effect a change, but at this point, I'm doubtful.
Aw I'm sorry to hear that.
14 years old, he probably is set in his ways. Though I don't know if I would want a bouncing ball of energy running around me either, especially if someone sneaks up on me because I can't hear well. I almost feel his pain.
I'm not really sure what will happen with Koda. He's never, ever snapped at anything in his life, and does not bark at other dogs to assert himself. Quite frankly, if he does bark, he sounds like a rooster.
This could all change if he gets annoyed with the puppy. Who knows? The only thing I can picture right now though is Koda running under the bed to get away from the puppy, or jumping up high where the puppy can't get to him. He's almost cat like in what he does.
But I hope things work out for your puppy and Rai Li!
03-20-2014 05:43 PM
Chip18
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Originally Posted by katierae92 View Post

That was something I had read a couple of years ago and had no idea that order ma, but I did not have an understanding of the pack mentality when I was younger. the time)
Yep neither did I! I used the every dog for himself approach with my three! That did not work out so well!

Guess I caught a small break my Female Boxer wanted no part of the tow boys and there Top Dog carp!
03-20-2014 05:20 PM
Galathiel I have a shih tzu at home and unfortunately he has NEVER liked my puppy, ever. My pup is 11 months old now and Rai Li still growls at him every time he sees him and will snap and bluster at him if he goes close and tries to sniff (which the pup wants to do because it's fun apparently). Nothing I've done has made the little dog change his mind. I make the puppy give him space and if the shih tzu won't HUSH he is then relegated to the bedroom. He's 14 years old so I figure he's just not going to change. To top it off, he's getting very hard of hearing and has cataracts, so I think it makes him more wary of the puppy's sneaking up on him (in his viewpoint .. he can't hear the herd of elephants coming).

Hopefully, your experience will be much more peaceful than mine! If my little dog were younger, I might would have been able to effect a change, but at this point, I'm doubtful.
03-20-2014 02:14 PM
katierae92
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I think you have some great advice here. I agree with fair treatment and be clear from day 1 on expectations, they don't have to be best buds on the first day but they are living together so no fighting or guarding should be allowed. Keep seperated when not in full view for the first while as well

I agree. I have to not only make sure I am consistent, but my mother as well. This is not a permanent set-up (as I will be moving out someday), but they will have to live with each other for at least a year.

I feel that with making sure we are consistent, we should have no problems. My mom though thinks we will never be able to let them be together unsupervised, which I don't personally think is right, unless the behavior between the two shows that this actually is the case. She is so afraid the GS would maybe injure or kill Koda, say when we are at work during the day. Our two current dogs have free roam of the house because we trust them, and I think we can accomplish that with the GS, once he gets older. I would just hate though for him to spend time only locked up in my room or a crate while the other dogs are free. My sister's dog is crated all day (which is fine if it is required by the situation, and I will do if the GS's behavior requires it), but I want to be fair to the GS if the other two dogs get to be free. Of course, he will have to earn that trust first.
03-20-2014 01:47 PM
katierae92
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Originally Posted by Chip18 View Post
These are site I find useful.
I just got a rescued dog what do I do? | stickydogblog
Two or More Dogs
https://suite101.com/a/how-to-avoid-...eholds-a183736

And someone on here posted which "dog" goes out the front door first is important to the pack! I failed to acknowledge that fact and "problems" arose!

Thank you for those links! I have them all bookmarked and will read through them.

That was something I had read a couple of years ago and had no idea that order matters, but I did not have an understanding of the pack mentality when I was younger. Our last dog though was so well behaved and already saw all humans as pack leaders. So it never occurred to me behavior can be shaped by how your dogs see your position in the pack.
He was a respectful dog from the start, though we adopted him when he was 8. Border Collie, and absolutely the smartest dog I have come to known. I taught him to fetch the newspaper in less than ten minutes, and he learned the hold and catch the treat from the nose in about five. I miss him dearly. The two knuckleheads we have now sometimes miss the memo that all humans in the house are pack leaders, but they at least respect me. Lol. (well, most of the time)
03-20-2014 01:42 PM
Shade I think you have some great advice here. I agree with fair treatment and be clear from day 1 on expectations, they don't have to be best buds on the first day but they are living together so no fighting or guarding should be allowed. Keep seperated when not in full view for the first while as well
03-20-2014 01:36 PM
katierae92
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Originally Posted by Packen View Post
What? no Scooby Snack?

You mean the little dog? Lol, no, he unfortunately cannot be a Scooby Snack.

My mom would be very upset with me.
03-20-2014 01:33 PM
katierae92
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Originally Posted by Taz's Mom View Post
The thing is sometimes I think the little Dog gets to rough with the GSD and I have to calm him down. I also know that the smaller dog is not being hurt cause he is the one always going back for more, he usually starts the rough play.
Haha I wish Koda would actually be like this, or at least gain some confidence to play like a dog for once. He always acts like he wants to play with another dog, like when dogs do the crouch thing with the front of their body, but when the other dog does this in return to initiate play, Koda cowers behind me or my mom. My mom lets him, but I just move and ignore him, lol. I don't quite understand why he does this when he acts like he wants to play, but I am trying to work on it with him. Trying to toughen him up a little before puppy arrives. He's actually been going to daycare once a week so he can learn to be social around other dogs, as our dog and my sister's dog (whom he greatly fears) are the only dogs he has really been around much. He was really nervous at first, but has made great progress. What's also cool is the owner has 4 Papillons too, which are not at all common around where I live, so he has really come out of his shell in that regard. Maybe the Papillon squad, as I call them, will toughen him up. Lol.
03-20-2014 01:25 PM
Chip18 These are site I find useful.
I just got a rescued dog – what do I do? | stickydogblog
Two or More Dogs
https://suite101.com/a/how-to-avoid-...eholds-a183736

And someone on here posted which "dog" goes out the front door first is important to the pack! I failed to acknowledge that fact and "problems" arose!
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