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introductions and the adjustment period can be trying; personally, i let the dogs work it out themselves; they'll decide who's the alpha based on their own personalities and then i work w/their decision; i do rescue and do this all the time; it always works out in the end, w/o my interference; just love them both and give bothof them lots of attention so neither feels left out

although you want dizzy to be alpha, she may not want to be the alpha; not all dogs want to be the top dog; i have a 10 mos old pup who'se trying to figure out where he fits with my pack; he's learning, sometimes by getting a nip from one of the older, more dominant boys; but, based on my observations, i'm betting this pup, when he matures will be the alpha dog and will soon be putting the more dominant males in their places; i'm letting them work things out on their own (i do observe though to be sure no one gets too rough; if it gets too wild, i just wade in and intervene) and i make sure he gets to spend time with all of the other dogs one on one; since i have a pack, time spent one on one is different

relax and enjoy watching them interact; they'll warm up to one another and work it out on their own

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don't worry, she'll adjust; they always do; even my spoiled, bratty min pin who thinks he owns me has adjusted to the other dogs that have followed; it's amazing just how much they can handle and adjust too; just keep loving dizzy; she won't mope and hide forever
 
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