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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-16-2010, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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Hav not liking other dogs

Holly sort of liked other dogs when she was a pup. I thought I socialized her enough but now she is two years old she really does not like other dogs, unless it is a dog that she knows like out neighbors dogs. My friend just adopted a male Lhaso Apso and I would love to get them to know each other so that hopefully Holly will get along with this dog. We are invited to their house this week and I can bring Holly but am somewhat apprehensive, because I don't want her growling and/or snapping at him. They don't live close to us so it would be difficult to bring her for a short time then bring her home. Is it better to introduce them on their turf? Any suggestions on how I could make this work?
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I'm not an expert but I've heard to always introduce them on neutral territory. So, if you could get your friend to meet you outside with her dog on a leash and take them for a walk together first that should make a difference.

Anyone else have any ideas to add?

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bring her crate so she can have a familiar place to relax?


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good points Kathie and Morris. I've always liked this article

Introduce them in neutral territory
Avoid territorial issues and introduce the dogs in an area new to both dogs. It is often a good idea to allow them to sniff and meet at either side of a fence for 30 minutes or so.

Take the dogs on a walk together
After the initial introduction, take the dogs on a walk together. Try to keep them apart and avoid them staring at each other.

Don't introduce dogs in 'loaded' areas
Avoid introductions in door or gate entrances, or in confines spaces. Avoid having clusters of people in the introduction area. After they have had an initial sniff, tempt them away for a brief period to relax and avoid tension building

Don't introduce dogs whilst on lead.
Scared or nervous dogs will either 'fight' or 'flight'. If your dog is on lead, it only leaves one option FIGHT !. So introduce dogs off-lead and in an open area, but preferably one which has fenced barriers such as a tennis court.

Keep the first meeting a positive experience
On the first introduction, don't wait for something bad to happen before splitting the dogs up. Keep the meeting brief and

Don't leave newly introduced dogs together alone.
No matter how well newly introduced dogs appear to get on, under no circumstances should you leave them alone together in the house. If you do need to leave them, always ensure they are kept in separate rooms or in their crates

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Some dogs get along better with certain dogs than they do others, sorta like people, I guess..

Gucci has been bitchy to a few of my friends' dogs and no matter what I do, she just doesn't like them They tend to be male and bigger than her and try to sniff her rear, she does not tolerate that...or if they get close to her snuggle bear...those are fighting words, lol

But with some dogs, she seems to love instantly...its weird.

I hope you get it worked out, if Gucci is being a snot, I just keep her on my lap and she dozes off while I visit them.

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Such good advice from everyone. I have a Lhasa he is very social more then my male Havanese Yogi who can be reactive (we have worked loads on this). Just a warning because the other dog is a Lhasa and they are very independant and need a strong owner as a pup, bring your crate. It is extremely hard to get a Lhasa from a good breeder these days..you can get them, lots of them, just not great temperment ones. Mine loves most other small dogs. He has a bit of trouble with the very large dogs at first, this is a blind dog thing and not because he's a Lhasa.

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Thanks so much for all the good advice. Much appreciated!
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Also, I didn't say that this is a year old Lhaso Apso that she just rescued on Monday. He was already visited by a friend with her Labradoodle and he is got along very well with her. I am seeing him for the first time and bringing toys and treats. Guess that may not be a good idea for a first meeting either. Holly will probably be jealous.
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