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Two Puppies ... Is their behavior normal?

Hi,

I have a 5 month old boy puppy (Furley) and yesterday we picked up our new female puppy who is 9 weeks old (Lana). To make a long story short we got Lana b/c Furley was having severe anxiety when we left the house (which was typically no more than 3 hours) and we wanted him to have a friend.

Well yesterday we got Lana and when we brought her home Furley was very excited and he was playing with her. But then he started barking and it appeared that he was annoying her b/c he kept trying to mount her and she would run away. We did our best to keep Furley's routine the same for last night and today. He did appear some what jealous at times. Is this normal?? I am not sure if I am overreacting or if I should just let them or there relationship run its course.

They both have separate crates which they sleep and nap in. I am going to by an x-pen so we can designate another "safe haven".

Any ideas or suggestions how to make the transition for both of them go smoothly? Is this behavior normal?

Thanks so much! Any help is greatly appreciated! Christina
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My dogs are both males, age 2 and age 5 mos, and there were definite issues when we brought the puppy home. After 2 mos. they have completely worked it out. I think being able to separate them is paramount, as well as giving the older dog lots of extra love. Your arrangement sounds good. They really need to be supervised for awhile, and separated when bad behaviors surface.

I'm not an expert on how having opposite sex dogs , or the separation anxiety issue play into this equation. Maybe others can weigh in.



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Yes, he will show some jealousy, just make sure to give him even MORE attention than usual so prevent the jealousy from getting worse. Also, there should be a safe haven for Furley as well, in case Furley needs to get away from Lana.

Also, I do want to add that getting Lana will not solve Furley's separation anxiety problems. Separation anxiety is tied to a person or people and if you leave, he will still get anxious even if there's another dog there. Have you looked at some of the separation anxiety threads around here? If you do a search you will come up with lots of great ideas for how to lessen and get rid of SA. If you need any help, let me know, I have some experience with this as Kubrick had really bad SA as a puppy and he has no problems now.

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It's perfectly normal. It will take a little bit of time till your first figures out what is going on and whether the new puppy is staying. I was very disappointed when Bailey came home to see the jealousy not only in Milo, but Cagney as well. It does work itself out and as I recall it didn't take very long in our case. Don't panic, and I agree you need to have a place for each of them to feel safe when necessary. As for the mounting, mine still do it to this day, alternating who is the mounter and mountee. It gets easier, I promise.

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