I have a very good feeling about this.
LOL Jerry -- I'm glad you do!Jerry Lyda said:I have a very good feeling about this.
So do I, Jerry!Jerry Lyda said:I have a very good feeling about this.
What do you make of our situation then:Bob Scott said:The dinamics of a third dog can be very interesting. I've had no less then 3-4 dogs for the last 35-40 yrs. New dogs here have always been puppys. Even so, it always seems to change their social structure within 6-8 months.
Then again, consider that I've had terriers for those yrs. Those little b^$+^rds seldome march to anyone's drums but their own.
The GSD is much more pack oriented.
Funnily enough if I put my two dogs outside together off leash and I'm not looking, they'll play LOL! But only for a moment. Otherwise they agree to disagree, and Achilles submits to Abbie. My beagle wasn't always like this...sort of one of those "the older I get, the less I wanna be bothered" things. She'll be less than thrilled to have another shep in the house, but it's MY house :wink: . I get to decide who or what I bring into it, not her. Then again she's been through the births of two human babies, the death of a furbaby (we had a sheltie when we rescued her and he passed in July of 2004), bringing in a cat, and then bringing home Achilles. I think she's trying to figure out what I'm going to add next :roll: . She probably tells the neighbor dogs she's stuck with a whackjob for a human.Jenni Williams said:It's a good sign, but don't count on things going that smoothly at home. Caleb and Widget both get along with all other dogs. Caleb and Widget despise each other, and Widget despises Dustin (my Peke). In the outside world, everything is just peachy. Inside the house, I have 2 dogs who ignore each other except to show teeth when passing by, and one dog who would give anything just to be included. I don't make a big deal out of it. My sister and I have a relationship that leaves something to be desired, so who am I to say they have to get along? No blood, no problem. They have learned that they're allowed to hate each other; they are NOT allowed to act like it. I've found that forcing them on eachother caused BIG problems, and it did take a few serious warnings from Caleb for Widge to take the hint that Caleb ain't no pup anymore... 8) I just try to keep them separated when eating, but I don't worry about "pack order." They are more than capable of figuring that out themselves. Good luck!
I did use the prong on him when he was barking at Rudy the border collie this weekend while on leas hand it seemed to work. I think I'm still going to try the intro off leash.Kristen Cabe said:Stacia, this all sounds great so far! Achilles' aggression while on leash is not uncommon. That's how my other dog was when she was about 1 1/2 year old. It took some work with the prong and e-collar, but now she's fine. Hopefully all will go well with the new dog. The come command would be one of the first ones I would work on.
As an old hand at adopting "pre-owned" dogs, I couldn't agree more! The "come" command is the first step. (Well, I still think a walk, even if it has to be short because of weather, happens before the dog first enters your house.....entering behind you, of course.... Just a brisk walk around the block to present your pack leadership in the way dogs know best....... )Bob Scott said:Without a doubt, the "come" command should be first. Give yourself a week or so before doing much else besides bonding.
She goes in on Friday, Bob. Of course I'm going to call tomorrow and recheck that our vet hasn't got any openings. That's one of the main reasons I'm containing her in one room of my house (a room which is going to be refloored on Monday LOL).Bob Scott said:Has this dog had a vet check?