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Unhappy Summer having a hard time adjusting to Sammy

We have had Sammy for a week now and Summer really seems to be having a hard time adjusting. She seems to whine a lot when he is around her and has snapped at him several times. Sammy is of course very playful and rambunctious and at times starts play barking and "charging" Summer. She does not understand that he wants to play and she becomes defensive. I also have noticed overall that she just does not seem herself...much more subdued and not nearly as playful as she was before Sammy arrived (she is only 1!).

Is this normal? Should I be concerned? I am just worried about her and miss my old Summer.

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I think it's normal when bringing in a new dog. Give summer time and she should come around. I was lucky when I got my second Hav. For some reason Bella took to him right away. They were lovers from the start. When I got my 3rd, the other 2 didn't want anything to do with him. I was so sad for him, because he is the most easy going happy guy. Fred ignored him for a week and Bella a month! They would just stare at him as if he was an alien. Fred and Scudder are best of friends now. Bella has her moments, but she does love him deep down.....I think. I hope Summere comes around soon and they become best buds.

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Don't worry Jen. I started out with one hav and now I have four. Each one is a adjustment. It took Reece 2 weeks to have anything to do with Preston, then it took him 6 months before he would even let Nigel go around him. He wouldn't be mean, he would just walk away. He now plays with both of them and they are all friends.

Preston was more accepting of Nigel, and now I have added a puppy two weeks ago. So far he has been the most accepted. But he doesn't chase the others around bitting at their ankles, like the others did. Nigel played with him first and it took Preston almost a week, Reece doesn't walk away when Simon comes up to him.

So hang in there and if you see Summer snapping at Sammy I would let her know that is not okay with you. Be sure to pet Summer first. I hold the newcomer in my lap on the floor and call the others over and pet them, not the puppy. But I believe from my experience that her behavior is perfectly normal and she will come around.

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Well, Jen, if anyone has good advice, it's Paige! She's on her 4th Hav now and I am always impressed with her training skills.

When I brought my Sammy (at 7.5 months) home, Ricky was 8 months old and LOVED having a buddy. It was poor, nervous Sammy that had to get used to Ricky. lol Ricky thought we'd got him a new toy and was always initiating play, but it took Sammy about a week and he wasn't so afraid by then.

You should see them now! Sammy (all 9.5 lbs. of him) is the big Kahuna around here. LOL

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I'm sure he'll come around. One idea is to give lots of treats every time Summer shows any positive interest in the puppy - he'll learn really quick that being nice has it's rewards. Also I've heard many people make special one-on-one time for their "older" dog just so the puppy doesn't get all the attention. That and have a place for Summer that your new dog can't bother him in.

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This should help you to feel better. Here are the before and after shots of the adjustment period for Violet and Stella. They were so wild that my sister actually cried the first time she saw them go at it. There was never any yelping or fur flying, just a lot of girl drama. They did get over it, and still have little spats here and there, but they have come a VERY long way over the last 4 months together. My stella (she's 2) reacted just like Summer is. She became very mature and serious when Violet (7 months) arrived. She did lighten up since then, but is still not as fun loving as she was pre-puppy. Maybe this is part of establishing power over the pups. Don't worry, your "kids" just need to work out the details of their relationship. Just keep letting them know what behaviors are not acceptable to you.

P.S. I feel a little guilty airing my dogs' dirty laundry like this!!!
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I think she'll come around with a little time Jen. Some dogs don't take change well....just like some people
My dogs would go gather up all the neighborhood dogs and bring them home if they could.

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OMG may feel guilty about airing your dogs' dirty laundry, but I feel just as guilty for lmao when I saw that photo!! Thanks for the encouraging words (and the laugh)...I can only hope that Summer and Sammy will become friends eventually as well!

Also, thank you to everyone else for your replies...I knew that I would get some great advice from you all!!

Jen, Summer & Sammy
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When Casper was introduced to Missy we had to watch them carefully at first. Casper wanted to play to hard with Missy, we had to teach him what was acceptable behavior.

They will learn to get along, give it time.
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paige! When did you get a 4th1! I noticed you were gone for a bit.. you back now?

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