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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-28-2013, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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Question Need advice please

I apologise already as this is a little long.

I picked Peaches up on Sunday and so far so good. We've only had a few wee accidents and that was due to me not being quick enough. She doesn't like her tray or pads and prefers to go outside She has truly captured our hearts and is becoming somewhat of a diva however, here's my problem.

I already have a chocolate Lab called Chino who is 8. He is the most gentle friendly dog you could ever meet. All of Chino's dog friends are a lot smaller than him with his beastie being a tiny Jack Russell. I introduced Chino and Peaches in the correct way with them both being off our property and Chino on a lead. He was fine with her but Peaches snapped at him which in turn has made him very weary of her. They are not at all comfortable in the sane room with Peaches shaking like a leaf and Chino not daring to come near her. Peaches come from a family where there were 12 Havs! So she is used to other dogs. I am currently putting Peaches in her crate and letting Chino have the run so she can get used to him.

Please help. Re homing one of them is not an option. I need to get them to get along or at least tolerate each other. Any advice will be greatly received

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Hi! There are people on this forum with a lot of experience and training knowledge who will hopefully see this and comment.

I can share my experience as I also have an 8 year old lab, male, and a male hav puppy. We brought our hav puppy home in January. I didnt do anything special as far as introducing them - I brought home the puppy, put him on the floor with the lab and that was it. They didnt become pals right away, it probably took a week or so. It wasnt that they didnt get along, but they didnt really play or bond like they are now. I would give it time and not panic just yet. I dont know about putting Peaches in the crate unless you're doing it because you cant watch her, such as nighttime and when you're out...maybe someone like DaveGabby or Karen will chime in. I left mine together when I was home and decided I'd let them sort it out.

I did try to treat them the same as far as mealtimes etc. My puppy sleeps in a crate and is crated while we are out, while the lab does not have to sleep in the crate (his door is open and he has other beds in the house). This has worked out just fine (after the puppy got used to his new surroundings in general).

Something we did that I highly recommend is that we took both dogs to dog training together. After the hav went through puppy K, he did his next class with my lab. I handled one dog and my husband the other. I think going to training class together also helped them to bond.

talk to your breeder too - they may have some ideas.

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Hi. Thanks for your reply and suggestions. Chino has always slept in the kitchen. It's just his place but when he wants to come and be with the family that's when I out Peaches in her crate as she growls at him I suppose its me being a bit over protective. I just fear that she may go for Chino and he will retaliate and bite her. That's my fear and why I'm being so cautious.

I also feed them at the same times and have split Chino's feed into 4 so it is the same as Peaches. I haven't left her at all yet since getting her on Sunday so she is literally only crated at night and when Chino wants to come in the family room. Being in the crate doesn't bother her at all. Chino has never had a crate, he's always been a good boy

Thanks for advice on training though. I will look into it xx
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I have 3 other dogs besides Leo. I brought him home when he was 10.5 weeks. We introduced him to the others carefully and then let them play together but only with supervision. Two of the dogs are big, 70lbs. and 50lbs. I still don't allow unsupervised play because they play vigorously and it would only take one bite or shake to really hurt Leo(he's 11 lbs). He loves his doggy sibs but for safety's sake their interactions will always be supervised.


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Hi. Thanks for your reply and suggestions. Chino has always slept in the kitchen. It's just his place but when he wants to come and be with the family that's when I out Peaches in her crate as she growls at him I suppose its me being a bit over protective. I just fear that she may go for Chino and he will retaliate and bite her. That's my fear and why I'm being so cautious.

I also feed them at the same times and have split Chino's feed into 4 so it is the same as Peaches. I haven't left her at all yet since getting her on Sunday so she is literally only crated at night and when Chino wants to come in the family room. Being in the crate doesn't bother her at all. Chino has never had a crate, he's always been a good boy

Thanks for advice on training though. I will look into it xx
I think you are right to be cautious, and keep a gate or pen between them until they settle down, but I also think it's too early to worry about it much, especially since you know Chino is good with little dogs in general. I wouldn't say anything to Peaches about her growling, either... I'd just ignore the situation and allow them to get used to each other with a barrier in between them. When Peaches realizes that the bigger dog is no threat, but is also not going away, I think it is extremely likely that she will calm down and accept Chino.

Once she doesn't react to him with the barrier in between, try side by side walks on leash. Assuming they are fine with that, you can start increasing supervised off-leash time together. But, I agree with Leo's mom, I would ALWAYS supervise when you have such a large size disparity between dogs.


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here's where a professional can really help. you have to be careful not to escalate the tension.

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here's where a professional can really help. you have to be careful not to escalate the tension.
You left out the link, Dave!


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Things will get better. Thanks for not asking for advise.
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Hi all. Thanks for your suggestions. I think maybe I expected a bit too much too soon. I would always supervise play between them due to the size difference. I am going to get my husband to walk Chino today and I will meet him with Peaches outside and see how that goes. I can only hold her though as she hasn't had her 2nd injections yet and isn't due for them for another 2 weeks. I hope Peaches plays nice soon as me keeping her in her crate is making Chino worse I think as he's wondering why she's put away all the time when he comes in. Xx
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