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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-13-2009, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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I need advice...

Our daughter is coming home from Arizona to live...this friday. She's been there for 7 years and has decided it's time to be closer to family She wouldn't and couldn't sell her home in this economy so she is renting it to a family for 3 years. So...she will be living with us, banking as much money as she can so that she can have a down payment asap. We are thrilled and she is too. She's been on her own since college so this will be a big adjustment for her...and us.

Did I mention...She has 3 DOGS a mini shnauser who is about 4 and is the mildly dominant, a yorkie/maltese mix who is about 3 1/2 and very submissive, and a **** szu who is 3 and gives the mini schnauser a run for his money. They are good dogs, but Havee is in for a huge surprise on friday. I will have them meet on neutral ground and then invite them into Havee's yard to play. I am thrilled that Havee will have playmates, I just hope thay all get along!

Does anyone have any suggestions to help make this transition easy for Havee, and my daughters 3 for that matter? This is Havee's domain and his world will soon be rocked and will have to share it with 3 strange dogs. They will be in a strange place, but at least they have each other. HELP!

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I know you are excited about having your daughter!

It might help to start by letting one dog at a time become acquainted with yours in the yard if possible rather than have all three descend on him at once. I realize all three will eventually be there, but maybe one at a time during the first 30 minutes after the neutral ground meeting . . . letting each one out in the yard with yours, etc. I don't know how old Havee is, but I would expect some adjustment for sure. I'm sure there are others with more helpful ideas. It will be like a big playdate!

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When we would bring a second dog home we did as you said and meet on neutral ground and the articles I read also suggest that. Kathys idea of one at a time would probably reduce your dogs anxiety big time compare to all three at the exact same time. Maybe one every 15 minutes or so. What else would I do PRAY!! Good luck

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Jan, I cannot believe that the time has come already - she's coming home!!
I cannot comment on her dogs, but I will say that Havee is such good dog, and I bet he will do wonderfully. I would just be careful not to let the three "take over" so that Havee continues to have his schedule!
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And maybe reward him, and your DD dogs as they meet, so they'll think this is a happy time.

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I think Kathy gave you the best advice. Having 3, mine like to run into a playdate, etc and swarm. Especially my dominant girl. Isabelle is a lot more confident when she has Dora to back her up! She is much better one on one. Hope it goes well and you are clearing areas for RLHs

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Have they ever met before? What worked then? What didn't work?
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I'm sure it will all work itself out in a short time, understanding there will be an adjustment period. I must say I'm jealous. My DS and DIL are thinking of moving to Scottsdale in the near future and I'm sooo sad.

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How exciting, I would be so happy if my daughter came home…..I agree with the neutral meeting. How is Havee at play dates? Does he enjoy other dogs? This could be an indication of what his reaction will be.

A few weeks ago we had 3 Havs here for 24 hours. Smarty was a stressed out mess. Too much, too soon. I put everyone on our porch for a meet and greet. Smarty stayed on the wall, looking down on them and drooling. She did not relax until they were gone. Pretty much the same reaction at our play date, Smarty stayed in the perimeter, no interaction. In the past she had some bad experiences with small dogs.

Now she has one little friend and is totally in love. They play from morning to night. They are always in the same room. It is so full to watch.

For me to have my daughter home I would even tolerate her little terror again.

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