The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
Re: New pup coming. Question.
I got Falkor to raise as a Schutzhund puppy, and I did limit his time with my older dog. Only very short meetings and interactions for the first few weeks. Then when I was satisfied that my crazy older unsocialized, dog-reactive girl was acting appropriately with him, I allowed about one hour of interaction per day. Some days, more, especially if we went on a hike, or to the river for a few hours. The one hour of interaction was unstructured, supervised play time. I did not include our leash walks as part of that hour. In the house I did use baby gates to keep them separated, and to not subject my older girl to constant puppy pestering. I also crated Falkor so I could spend one-on-one time with Keeta on a daily basis.
It payed off well, Falkor was much more interested in me than other dogs. He may run over and sniff noses with a strange dog, but come back when I called him. In Obedience classes, he just watched other dogs but only had eyes for me. His focus was amazing. I can call him off anything. He prefers to play with me and interact with me over playing or interacting with Keeta or other dogs. That is what I wanted, and must admit that I am surprised that it was that easy to develop that in him.
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Keeta BH, OB1, TR1, AD
Rottweiler/Hairy Dog mix?? 2004-2015