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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-15-2019, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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Bringing home my next sport dog... any tips and tricks?

In October Iíll be bringing home a new sport prospect. Heíll be 4 months old at the time, and is staying with a breeder local to me until the time is right for me to bring him to my place. During those two months between I will still be engaging, training, and handling him.

Ryka is my Queen of Sheba... she loves her comforts, cuddling with me, and is currently snuggled up beside me on the couch as I sip my coffee and type this up. I donít want to disrupt her life more than necessary, but I want to ensure that my next dog understands how to integrate into our home properly.

My idea is to have an X-pen on our main living floor where the puppy primarily hangs out when not out with me or in the crate. When heís out, Ryka will be put away to encourage focus and engagement on me. Walks will be separate until the pup understands walking etiquette and then I will walk them both together. I donít mind them just being dogs out in the backyard and the like, but Iíll wait until heís big enough to properly romp around with her.

When I was raising Ryka it was very open and free and fun. She and I just had lots of fun all day together. I know that I canít really do that the same way, but I also donít want Ryka or the pup to be crated all day until theyíre ready to integrate together in the house without an x-pen keeping them separate. So if anyone has any tips, suggestions, or personal experiences I could pull from Iíd appreciate it.
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Just bumping my own thread to see if there's any magical words of wisdom floating around.

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One thing to keep in mind is to be careful not to create any competition or jealousy over anything. I generally start off not changing the older dogs routine at all, and then go to a new routine with them both.
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One thing to keep in mind is to be careful not to create any competition or jealousy over anything. I generally start off not changing the older dogs routine at all, and then go to a new routine with them both.


Thanks Steve, I appreciate the response. And thatís a really good point. I was just thinking about that. Ryka is possessive around other dogs but not people, so that is a genuine concern of mine.

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I think you have it pretty well covered
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I think you have it pretty well covered
I appreciate your faith in me I just like to hoard information. There's a lot I don't want to mess up on but know I will, regardless of how much I learn prior.

Just really excited at the idea of having a nice sport dog. I love Ryka, but I was conservative in my ask for her. Wasn't sure if I wanted a sport dog or not. Now I know I do, so I want to avoid diving head first into the rocks if I can help it... though that might knock some more sense into me since all us dog sport people are nuts anyways.
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She's my momma's girl. No matter what she does she will always stay with me... the other dog, if it doesn't turn out, goes right back to the breeder. That includes a calm and manageable living arrangement with Sheba herself.

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A lot of it, you just have to wait and see when you bring him home. When I brought Doc home, that was 3 males and there was no problem. I kept them mostly separated because of the size difference between them, but even when I first brought him in there was no tension or over the top excitement. Never anything that looked like it could be a conflict between them. Every male dog we've owned has been very accepting of females, especially older females being a little bossy. Even strange females. An overly submissive female, they can get a little pushy with the sniffing and things, but I think you'll probably find them getting along pretty easily.
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She's my momma's girl. No matter what she does she will always stay with me... the other dog, if it doesn't turn out, goes right back to the breeder. That includes a calm and manageable living arrangement with Sheba herself.

You got a male, right? So Jax was dog aggressive. I was really worried when I brought Seger home. At first she ignored him, avoided him. Eventually, she started to accept him. Seger taught her how to play again. I literally sat down and cried watching them. He taught her how to be a dog again. She instigated everything after that to get him to play with her.

Now, he was not so accepting of Faren. She's a lot. After keeping them apart for weeks, trying to introduce them while he growled and snapped at her, I finally just released the hounds. She bit his face, he introduced her to Jesus, she ran into the laundry room and he followed to lick her head. I'm not saying it's peaceful. She beats him up constantly. But she will respect him if he lights up on her to correct her.

Just watch how they interact and make decisions from there. Sometimes "peace" has its rocky moments.
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