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  1. Alicia Leonard

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    Well, I brought home Lexie this afternoon from Alaqua.
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    She is a sweetie and she and I are well on our way to bonding. She and Shaynn are another issue. Lexie want to be friends and shyann has nipped at her twice. I introduced them outside, but Shy was not happy. Lexie got a good bath and Shyann seems to be perkier than she has been since Sarge passed, if only because she is watching Lexie with hawk eyes. How long if you introduced another to your pack did it take for them to get along? How did you help them to work it out?

    Thanks,
    AL
     
  2. Miss Kitty

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    :clap:...Hip Hip Hooray! It was that collider thingie, right? What a beauty! Congrats on your new addition. I expect lots of doggie stories. :wub:
     
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    :clap::clap: Awwwww how CUTE!!!!! Congrats; our Golden and Pyrenees took about 2 days for them to distinguish which was Alpha; after that it was all good:D


     
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    I cant help you with the pack thing. Call the Dog WHisperer. Have you watched that show on Nat Geo?? it is interesting...
     
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    Aleo, you've done a good thing. :clap:No doubt Shyan will come around in 2 or 3 days. She's still trying to figure out whether the "new arrival" is just visiting or the new roomie. I predict things will soon be fine.
     
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    Welcome Lexi! Our golden is Lexi too, may your Lexi enjoy her family and the beach too!
     
  7. Biff

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    Awwwww; how cute:blush:


     
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    Lexie is too cute! Congrats on the addition. We just adopted a friend for our Gigi, a border mix this weekend. What we were told was that we had to keep Gigi the dominant one. We are supposed to accomplish this by speaking to gigi first, feeding her first, etc. We did pick a dog w/ a calmer attitude than gigi, she is a corgi/cocker mix about the same age. So far so good. I have seen lots of play, w/ one or the other wanting to stop play fighting but the other not noticing which led to bark or too, but no nipping. Of course, since ours was always alone and not grieving for a lost playmate may mean its a different story. Good luck and congrats.
     
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    How did they do it Biff? I just broke up another tussle. No blood or squealing. Just lots of teeth gnashing and grabbing/ nipping at each other neck and ears. Shyann is showing more dominance than I thought she would. No one has yelped yet.

    I got sucked in by a doggie space warp:D

    I was just the dog yeller. Does that count?:wave:
    I hope so. Shyann is taking a nap on the bed while Lexie is on the floor. I swear it's the most energy that Shyann has shown since Sarge passed.:blink:

    Thank you. Beautiful picture:wave:
     
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    How cute! So glad you got one from Alaqua! [​IMG]

    My suggestion would be to let the dogs have space to work it out - so they aren't competing for your attention and be sure to emphasize that Shayann is in charge and that she gets more attention, food, whatever!
     
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    Uh oh. I've been trying to make Shyann be nicer, maybe I need to back off and let her be dominant. I'm just afraid one is going to get hurt.:shock:
     
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    Ours both just did the Hello; sniffed each others butts for a day or so; had a few scraps NOT bad though; and we ALWAYS supervised the two when together in close or open quarters; worked out fine:D
     
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    I am the proud parent of a pack of 4. Three came to me as young dogs and another decided to move in as an adult. We started with one and built up over the years. The main things in my experience were establishing to them that People rule, we pay the bills,don't we? Watch and learn their behavioral cues to you that signal when one is building up a head of steam. Learn what cues they show so you can head it off. I also learned on the dog whisperer, and yes I couldn't have done it without him, that whenever one dog gets aggressive with another. Put the aggressive dog on the floor, tummy exposed. Call the other dog in and let her be around the bully. This affects both of them. The bully learns, I better not do that or I'll have to lay on my back and it shows the passive dog, see I'll help you with this. Sometimes it can be a problem if they share food and water. If this is where they get mad, you either need separate feeding stations or you have to monitor them while they are eating. I know this sounds like a real hassle but what I found was that the aggressive behavior dropped off when we intervened and the passive dog became more confident and less of a target. And, it can be done. What I haven't been able to manage much success with is walking my dogs. I have the four on leases and I am in a wheelchair. The dogs love to play maypole and tangle me and everyone else up, so I have delegated that to other family. It does help if you walk them together. A tired dog is much less likely to have the energy to waste on squables. Good luck and I know it will work out fine. Just remember they are dogs. They won't stope a behavior because you want themn to, they will only stop when you refuse to allow it.
     
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    Good advice. Even the two that grew up together always had their own bowls and water dish. We are actually sharing the same space right now and all is good. It's when Lexie starts to wander through the house that Shy gets grumped with her. :wave: The only one not in the fray is the cat. She is quite amused at goings on.:D
     
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    Congrats Al.:clap: Lexie is beautiful, and I am glad you got a rescue. She's lucky to have you. I can't offer you any advice on the doggy front. Good luck and enjoy.
     
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    Thank you!!!
     
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    This is exactly what we did, too. The 1st one was very po'd that we brought Rudy (the BC) home as a pup. He fought him and snarled, hated him. Rudy kept playing. It only took maybe 2 days at most. Just keep a watch for any harmful aggression. In other words, don't leave them for a day alone just yet! Shy will end up the dominant one. Congratulations! :clap:

    njackie, adorable photo!

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    Wow, a dog that changes diapers. How many treats did that take? Who cares, it was probably worth it. :rolling:

    Aleo, congrats on the new fur baby, ours (we have cats) are still trying to distinguish Alpha after 2 years. I'm pretty sure dogs do it faster.
     
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    Aleo, Lexie's precious! I'm real happy for you. I'm sure they'll work it out in what will seem like a long time to you, but a short time for them. Keep the faith, baby. :wave:
     

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