Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: North Carolina
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I have two males and two females, My male Havanese Yogi is reactive to all new dogs, he also has anxiety in new surroundings with new dogs. It has taken tons of patience and training to get him to choose a default behavior instead of a reactive behavior when stressed. My other male was here first he is very socialized and loves puppies, Yogi was an older rescue puppy, I also had another male who was highly socialized, I like you was very concerned bringing another dog into the house with Yogi. I have for years now had only male dogs, the reason is I once had two show shih tzu females that wanted to kill each other and I had to rehome one, in my own experience males are eaiser to break up. Yogi has been different as he often would pick on my older male after the other male passed, so this behavior had to be dealt with, he still sometimes growls if the Lhasa gets in what he thinks is his space, but he now gets up leaves and lays across the room this is the right choice so he gets praised everytime . We went with a 3yr old female from a breeder who was more laid back, they are now best friends. A few months back we introduced another female to our pack, she has Yogi's personality but is very socialized and Yogi tried to take all the toys and dominate, but soon found out it is much more fun to play with her. For me I did not feel confortable with another male with Yogi as he matures this may be possible. I just felt it would be too much work, all new dogs change the dynamic of the household, but I'd rather train in other things and have fun. We adore our girls they are a great fit!
Choose wisely and use a good breeder who know her/his dogs even if bringing home a puppy. Puppies are often easier and sex usually is not a issue but it can become an issue later as they mature and there are some dogs that do not get along with puppies.
Bringing home another dog could be a really good experience for your pup. Choose wisely and don't for get the pictures. Wishing you all the best.
Robbie, Boo Boo, Yogi, and Misty's human.
Poohkey miss you, monkey.