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I have a 3 year old collie. Very submissive but likes to play. Got our 12week old hav yesterday. The new boy is go general good temper but seems afraid of the collie and growls at her. The collie seems to want to play with the pup but maybe is coming on too strong, seems like she chases him and corners him and paws at him, she seems genuinely surprised when he growls at her. Is this normal first few days stuff? Or should I be worried ? Or should I be doing something to fascilitate this friendship?
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I'd say give it a chance. Perhaps the puppy isn't used to such a big dog. His mama was probably 1/4 of the size of your collie. I'm sure they'll be fast friends before you know it.
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Hi, I'm not an expert but suggest that you put the puppy in an exercise pen so that they can get acquainted and the puppy feels safe. It seems like the collie is a little much for the puppy with the chasing and pawing in addition to the puppy trying to adjust to his new home. I think they will get along fine but right now the puppy is overwhelmed with all the changes. Congratulations on the puppy. Cheryl
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Hi, I'm not an expert but suggest that you put the puppy in an exercise pen so that they can get acquainted and the puppy feels safe. It seems like the collie is a little much for the puppy with the chasing and pawing in addition to the puppy trying to adjust to his new home. I think they will get along fine but right now the puppy is overwhelmed with all the changes. Congratulations on the puppy. Cheryl
I think that would be safer too. Your Collie may be very well meaning... The Collies I've known have been wonderful, gentle dogs. But the size difference is just too great right now, while your Hav is a tiny baby. I think you need to control the encounters a little more for now.


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Introduce the collie very slowly. Don't let the puppy on the ground with her for a while. The size difference is huge and collies are gentle, but don't realize how big they are. Until mine are grown, I don't let them play with either of my two collies and always supervised, perhaps I'm over cautious but my motto, better safe than sorry

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yeah, my anatolian female took 3 days to figure out what the 3.5 lb fur ball was. the pup was ALL play and instantly in love with her (still is) but she was like WTF? after the first 3 days, they have been nothing but besties ever since. he still stands underneath her, when she's standing, like she's protecting him or nesting dolls.
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It took my two havs a week or so and they are best friends now. Right now, they are on the floor behind me sharing a bully stick. Give it time.

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I consulted a trainer before bringing Jack home. My Aussie is a snarky B. The trainer said to keep Jack in an expen to keep him safe. A way to let Nessie know that Jack is a good thing is to feed her treats through the expen. A snack for Jack, snack for Nessie. snack for Jack, snack for Nessie, etc....

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My labradoodle was exactly 10X the size of my havanese when I brought her home. Someone told me to introduce them on neutral territory and have another person other than me hold the puppy while I held the big dog. I used my backyard for the introductions then carefully moved it inside. I had to supervise closely the first week as my big dog was a bit jealous and territorial. They are best of friends now, and my big dog is very maternal and protective of her little sister.
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