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Can Jax join the 'Big Dogs' now?

Jax is now 5 months old & doing great(he lost 2 front teeth!). However i still am keeping him seperate from the others when we are away at work. They are all in nice sized ex-pens but i have Jax's expen attached to Dreamer & Tripps so they can see & sniff each other but Jax just cant torment them(like puppies do!). At what point can i put Jax in there with them? I have tried short periods of time(1-3 hours) & they all do fine(i think!).

Also he is still sleeping in a crate next to my bed. How long should we keep him there before he can join the others? Because once we decide for him to sleep with Dreamer & Tripp, i am not one to give in if he cries but I just didnt want to do it to soon. He really loves sleeping next to our bed. Though he has gotten used to my schedule of getting up at 4:45 am during the week & that is when he gets up on the weekends.

Does anyone have a suggestions/experience with this? Thanks!!

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Shannon, I would think that he is ready to hang with the big boys during the day! If you have tried up to three house already and they have been fine, I would bet that they would be fine now. Just open his pen into theirs, try about 5 hours, and see. How long are they left during the while you are at work?
As far as nighttime goes, I think you would be ok, as long as he is sleeping thru the night in the crate & doesnt need to go out. My guys sleep with me in bed for about 3 hours before they go in their crates when DH comes up, and Logan is 11 months now, and I still take his water away at 7pm. If you give him water up to bedtime and he is in the crate, he should be fine, but I would stop water earlier if you want to leave him out at night. Where do the others sleep??

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How does Jax do with them during the day? Do Tripp & Dreamer tolerate him all the time now? If they are fine with him when you are around, they are probably going to all get along great while you are gone.

Unless Tripp or Dreamer has a particularly nasty disposition (and I don't think either do), they will probably put Jax in his place a couple of times when he gets obnoxious, but I bet everything else will work itself out. Piaget's been bugging his big female co-residents for quite a while. They allow him to play with them, and tell him when they've had enough too. Jax will figure out their language really fast when one of them growls or snaps that they have had enough.
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I would think Jax is ready I would try it out over a weekend first when you do short trips and if all seems fine then I would do it while you go to work ect.
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I would say go with your instincts. You know your dogs. You could keep him in his crate next to the bed if you think he would feel more confortable there, and in the ex-pen during the day.

I sometimes leave my boys outside with Axl, when I have to go somewhere. I hate to put them in their crates, and I still don't trust Dennis the Menace I mean Nigel to roam the house without me home. He will be 9 months Oct. 11th, and I think I started this when he was about 5 months. I have never had a problem.

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My guys never roam the house even at 4yrs , 3 yrs, and 11 months - when I am at work, or gone for longer than an hour. Not so much cause I dont trust them (I do the the girls - will NEVER trust Logan -haha) but I would be afraid that they would get in to something or eat something they shoulnt have. I have too many brain dead teenagers around here that think it is no big deal to leave the box of chocolate on the table, or the floor next to their beds!!! My guys are always gated in the kitchen with their beds and water & toys while we are out. I think if you have a real safe environment, then ok, but I never know what has been left out - & I also dont want the toilet paper experience!!
Paige, I bet that Axl is a good guard dog for the Havs - he probably would never let anything happen to them.
shannon, My three have been together during the work day since Logan was 4 months old - he has been put in his place several times, but he will learn!

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I feel the same way Laurie. I know i feel better knowing they are in a safe environment when i am gone.

I dont take Jax's water away from him at night. He usually never has to get up during the night. But he gets mad at me if I have to get up during the night-he thinks i left him.

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Tripp has more patience than Dreamer but Jax knows(not always) to stay away from her unless she initiates play. Tripp is sometimes too easy going and wont stand up for himself when Jax torments him. Jax grab holds of his hair and Tripp just drags him around. Pretty funny.

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I still keep my boys separate, Riley will be 2 in Dec. and Monte is 8 months. I decided to keep it this way until after Monte gets neutered (tomorrow) so they are use to being apart. Now when Monte needs to be restricted when I cant watch him he will have no issue being apart from his brother. I do sometimes leave them together when I am gone for short trips but most of the time they are separate for now.

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I would think they would be fine together. I put my guys together from day 1. Bella and fred always played gently with scudder. If scudder would bother them, they were not shy about letting him know it!





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