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Our hav has always been an only and she's very people oriented. She does not seek out play with other dogs we encounter and is generally uninterested in them. I was reading some info on introducing them online and some of it sounds scary. One guy says never to leave both out at same time because if they get into a fight they will be traumatized for life???? Is this only for big dogs or our little guys as territorial?
How did you introduce a new dog to your house?
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Our hav has always been an only and she's very people oriented. She does not seek out play with other dogs we encounter and is generally uninterested in them. I was reading some info on introducing them online and some of it sounds scary. One guy says never to leave both out at same time because if they get into a fight they will be traumatized for life???? Is this only for big dogs or our little guys as territorial?
How did you introduce a new dog to your house?
Welcome. Any time you introduce a new dog you have to supervise for awhile. Now "awhile" is up for debate. That , is something you will have to decide. The biggest thing is not to force the issue. But yep , you're going to have to watch them and possibly separate if necessary. Here are three articles that might be helpful. Adding a second dog Pat Miller http://www.thebark.com/content/bringing-home-second-dog

http://blogs.dogster.com/dog-trainin...d-dog/2010/12/

http://www.dogstardaily.com/blogs/bringing-home-bella

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I would go to a personal trainer before you get the puppy. Trainers usually have dogs that they use to gauge the socialization of your dog. From that, they can give you advice about how they think your dog will react to the puppy.

I did this with my Nessie (an Australian Shepherd). She is a snarky b***h. Nessie does not play well with others. Poor Jack. It has been 5 months and we are just starting to let them be in the same room together while we supervise. They are fine outside. Inside is a nightmare. She growls and shows teeth. Jack stays back and barks at her.

Of course, my situation is extreme and not at all the norm. Most doggies seem to love or tolerate each other within a couple of weeks. From what I have seen on the forum, integration is pretty easy with Havs.

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This is something I can really relate to, but I haven't added another dog to the mix.

Gucci has always preferred people over dogs, she can even be downright snotty and rude with other dogs when they try to play with her, flip her nose up and scoff and come sit in my lap and act like she's too good for all that nonsense, LOL (I wish I was kidding', but I'm not)

Even when she was a wee puppy,her breeder would tell me she'd ditch her littermates and come hang with the people, or perch on a pillow and watch them play with each other, so IDK..its just the way she is, but it works out for us because we can take her with us on trips and whatnot (way too hard with 2 or more)

I suppose it may just take longer for them to accept the new dog in the house, but they eventually figure it out and work it out (so I'm told) haven't walked down that path yet,but I feel your fear...

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