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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-11-2011, 08:23 AM Thread Starter
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Waaaaaaa We got a puppy couple of days ago and he wants nothing to do with us. He adores my older dog and follows her around constantly. When we walk him he stays by her side at all times and if we take him out seperately he whines to go back inside with her. He is not interested in treats from us or cuddling.... I was so worried that they woud not get along and now I'm the one missing the attention LOL
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Spend more time with him separate from your other dog. Make sure these times are REALLY fun for him, whether it is playing with a special toy that he ONLY get when the other dog isn't around, or a special food treat that he ONLY gets when he's alone. For the time being, if he doesn't like walking by himself, don't force it. Build your relationship with him first. Then you can worry about training!


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Karen is so right, you just can't expect him to prefer you over your other dog and be happy they get along so well. But they each need time alone with you and you them for bonding, for training, and on and on... I have read you should not get litter mates as they tend to bond and are more difficult to train, etc. But since these two have not been together that long, it should be easy to get acquainted with the new arrival on a personal one on one basis!! Good Luck

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Sounds like great advice, Karen.

After we brought Augie home, and this went on for quite some time, Augie preferred me to DH. DH feelings were very hurt, cuz he is gaga over our little boy . So he played with him, fed him, etc. It took time, but I no longer notice any 'favoritism' toward either one of us by Augie. When youngest son comes home or the granddaughters visit, DH and I both 'lose out'.

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Don't I get even a little sympathy Vanilla has always been a super velcro dog so I am not used to not having a shadow. My hubby has been taking Oreo out cause he wants his own velcro dog even though technically my daughter is the owner since she will be showing him. He starts obedience next week so I am sure that one on one will help with bonding but I've even tried to bribe him with bacon with no luck. Silly pup what dog doesn't love bacon.???


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Don't I get even a little sympathy Vanilla has always been a super velcro dog so I am not used to not having a sadow. My hubby has been taking Oreo out cause he wants his own velcro dog even though technically my daughter is the owner since she will be showing him. He starts obedience next week so I am sure that one on one will help with bonding but I've even tried to bribe him with bacon with no luck. Silly pup what dog doesn't love bacon.???
I'm so sorry your baby loves his new fur friend better than you
When I read the post I thought it was cute he adopted his Vanilla so fast.
How old is Oreo? Did he leave other litter mates?

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He's actually 7 months old. Breeder was holding him and his sister back and we lucked out and got to bring him home. He's such a sweetie even if he doesn't love me yet.
I feel like Elmira from Looney Tunes: I'm just gonna love him and squeeeeze him.... LOL
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Oh, now I have something else to worry about with our soon-to-be baby? I will definitely give you some sympathy but at least others have some solutions to the problem! Our Abby could care less about sitting with either one of us so I hope little McGee doesn't pick this up. I want my lap dog!!!

I'm sure it's probably because he is so used to having canine companionship and once he realizes you are "the boss" he will quickly add you to his "favorites list"!

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He's actually 7 months old. Breeder was holding him and his sister back and we lucked out and got to bring him home. He's such a sweetie even if he doesn't love me yet.
I feel like Elmira from Looney Tunes: I'm just gonna love him and squeeeeze him.... LOL
We want pictures!
I had troubles adapting to our second pup I was feeling bad for my first because she was the only child. I felt bad for Zoey because she was not getting the same attention I gave Maddie. The two now love me and Zoey is a bit more independent. Just like a second child
Did the breeder hold the two back because she was planning them to be shown? That will be fun for your daughter.
PS have you tried deli turkey?

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I'm not sure how far he will go with my daughter handling him but should be a great adventure for both.
I have tried cooked chicken, ham , bacon, smelly cheese, dog treats and now I'm just going to quit and lay on my stomach in front of him pitifully until he notices me LOL
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