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Hi All!

I am a new member to the forum and a new Havanese owner (we have had Rowlf for 2 months and just got him a new playmate over the weekend) with some questions about introducing the new pup to our existing dog child. Rowlf, the 5 month old, is quite exceptional- in the 2 months we have had him he is 90% potty trained indoors and out, he can Sit, Lay Down, Roll Over, AND shake (he just picked shake up this morning YAY!) but is a very docile dog. He doesn't have much interest in other dogs except a select few (his best friend is a mini pomeranian) but when we brought the new pup home, they seem to play constantly but I can't tell if it is playing or if he is getting a bit territorial. His tail does wag at times, but he has always been very protective over his food and bed. I think he is also a bit selfish when it comes to playing with me as well (the new pup is my boyfriend's dog and I really think Rowlf is a mommy hog lol) but I guess what I am wondering is if anyone has any tips on socializing them in the best way possible to make sure they grow up to share and love. While Rowlf is quite calm, he is assertive when the two play- he always pins him or shoves him with his butt, he rarely growls but the pup does quite often. The new pup is an energetic, brave, scrappy guy and is starting to learn a lot from Rowlf as they are half brothers (different litter- same dad). Maybe this is normal, but any thoughts to ease an overly protective and caring mom?
 

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I tend to let the dogs work it out, but I was that way with my kids, too. You might try to spend time with each one individually. When I'm working with one outside, I keep the other in the house and vice versa.

I'm not an expert, but you might want to work with Rowlf and his food aggression. I didn't have any problems with my Hav when she was a pup, but have had to work with my resuce Shih Tzu on that. I will have grandchildren one day and my dogs have to have good manners, even with their food and treats.
 

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I'm taking a page out of Dave's notebook, but check out http://www.dogstardaily.com/ There is a section on training, starting with "Before you get your puppy," on up through adolescence and adulthood.

You can also search for the term "resource guarding" for help with Rowlf.

Welcome to the Forum!! We need to see photos, please.
 

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I tend to let the dogs work it out, but I was that way with my kids, too. You might try to spend time with each one individually. When I'm working with one outside, I keep the other in the house and vice versa.

I'm not an expert, but you might want to work with Rowlf and his food aggression. I didn't have any problems with my Hav when she was a pup, but have had to work with my resuce Shih Tzu on that. I will have grandchildren one day and my dogs have to have good manners, even with their food and treats.
Great stuff Leslie. And thanks Starr.
 

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I've been giving them each individualized attention the past two days and encouraging Rowlf to stop when Fester gives signs of distress and they have both come a long way already! Rowlf wasn't ever aggreessive with his food as much as he was just taking the pup's food for himself lol but I will post their adorable nap photos from last night (snuggle bunnies) and a few others of Fester tonight. Thanks everyone!
 
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