New Dog, Help Needed!

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Emma1
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New Dog, Help Needed!

Postby Emma1 » Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:56 pm

Hello Everyone,
My Husband and I had recently acquired a new dog. We currently have Dexter ( 2 1/2 yr old Am. Cocker Spaniel) & Daphne ( 1 1/2 yr old Am Staff) are new boy is Dean ( 1 1/2 yr old Am Cocker Spaniel) we are having issues introducing daphne to dean. Unfortunately my hubby let them out together a few times while I was working and daphne has tried to attack him 3 times. We have since stopped all interaction. We have and continue to take them on hikes where they are perfectly fine with each other, but as soon as we get home ( or after a short nap) daphne will focus in on him ( intense staring and hackle raised) I have been distracting her and walking her away. Then putting her in kennel or him in his kennel. They each have there own crate in the same room. ( we only have 1 room with A/C so they must have crates in this room. Both of them eat separate in their own crates. Daphne does have a history of small dog aggression, but is fine with similar sized or larger dogs. She also is fine with our other current dog, who is fairly submissive to her, but will still tell her off if she tries to take something for him -and she respects him. What should I be doing to help them get along.

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Re: New Dog, Help Needed!

Postby Nickdawg » Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:28 pm

you may find some good ideas here http://www.badrap.org/multi-dog-homes-0

also see http://www.badrap.org/sites/default/files/new_dog.pdf

at this point I would continue to keep them completely seperated and not re-introduce other than the walks maybe until someone more experienced here comes along to guide you - like Red maybe - if they are sharing the same space and she acts up I would remove her not him. I would also reward mellow behaviour from her when he is around, pats, treats etc. and correct verbally or distract any beginnings of stink eye etc. I would also make sure she gets lots of exercise and as such at times is too worn out to spark up much and reward that - xpens, tie downs crates baby gates good tools for this.

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Re: New Dog, Help Needed!

Postby Nickdawg » Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:31 pm

also goes w/o saying no toys or high value items in their shared space to scrap over

Emma1
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Re: New Dog, Help Needed!

Postby Emma1 » Thu Jul 04, 2013 4:50 am

Thanks for those links! We do put her away if she goes after him, I think I'm going to wait 2 weeks before introducing them Agian. We have only had Dean for a week and I want to put some training and bonding time in with him. I am content with crate and rotate, but would like to try re-introduction. If I have treats, or if we are actively doing something like hiking, playing etc, she is fine, the quieter and calmer she gets the more she searches for eye contact with him and starts posturing. She really couldn't care less about him if she is otherwise engaged.


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