Post # 1
So in February my SO and I are finally finishing our long distance relationship and I will be moving in with him back in my hometown- yay!
Everything is organised for the move except for our plan on how to introduce my 3 year old female shih tzu x chihuahua who follows me around the house non stop and cannot stand for attention to be on anyone but her to SO’s 1 year old male ridgeback x dingo who gets very jealous when my SO gives anyone else attention (including me) and don’t worry my baby Masumi is getting desexed before the move (her poor little body just could not handle his puppies and I am not going to risk it)
I also forgot to mention that Masumi has small dog syndrome and when out for walks barks and goes off at any dog larger than herself.
HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO THIS WITHOUT THEM FIGHTING??? I am petrified something will happen or they will hate eachother and I need all the tips I can get.
Post # 3
Wow, that might be a tough one.
I think you are doing the right thing and thinking about it now because there is training you can start now to help make the move easier.
Post # 4
My suggestion is to limit each to their own area and let them sniff each other. Then do massive supervision b/c they are obviously different sizes. Eventually they’ll acclimate, takes some time and patience.
EDIT: I’m not a personal fan of masking dogs, but maybe that’ll decrease the barking?
Post # 5
Do you get the show “Its me or the dog”? She does really well with things like barking at dogs while walking and things like that.
Post # 6
I heard that introducing pets somewhere other than “their territory” can help. I would also be sure to monitor them and stamp out any aggression right away if that is an issue (but that’s just me).
Post # 7
We recently introduced our dog to a new dog (not our pet- SILs dog) who has never been around dogs before. This is what we did.
First we put our dog in his crate and let SILs dog walk around the crate and they sniffed each other through the crate. Our dog was reacting appropriately so we felt comfortable. Then we took them on a walk together – we walked one in front of the other but if you have a wide enough sidewalk or are safe in the road then walk them side by side. Then the next time we got together we took them on another (very) long walk. Then we had our dog on a leash out in the backyard while SILs dog was running around and they could sniff each other but not have freedom to play with each other. They were acting appropriately so we brought them into a small room and closed the door (so they couldnt run around too much) and they were just sniffing each other and playing together. We were watching them the whole time and everything was fine. Then once they seemed really tired we let them out into the main part of the house and they were just hanging out together. Now I feel fine with the two of them as long as they are supervised!
Post # 8
My FI and I would take our dogs to a neutral place and take them for walks together. After we did that a few times we brought them both in the house together (after a long walk) and kept them on leash. It took a while before we trusted them to be off leash but now they are best friends. Good Luck! If you have problems you can usually contact a dog trainer that will help you intoduce them.
Post # 9
Thanks Ladies, I had a chat to my vet yesterday too and he agrees we should do the first meeting away from home, my SO disagrees on this (grr) because he’s introduced other dogs to his dog and never had a problem and he can’t see that Masumi although tiny is trouble lol
Post # 10
We did the introduction in a park. I think it was a great idea. Then we just ‘supervised’ their interactions for a few days. Now they are best friends and totally in love! GL!
Post # 11
Introduce them first through a screen door, somewhere that they can see each other and smell, but not get to each other. And slowly introduce them based on their reaction. Also, perhaps give each a part of the house for themselves until they are fully ready to be introduced.
Post # 12
In addition to introducing them in a neutral location, and neutering BOTH pets, I would advise Obedience Training for BOTH of them as well, preferably starting as soon as possible. It is not a good sign that both of your dogs have jealousy issues. And your little girl especially is at risk to get hurt if she doesn’t learn to play nice with dogs bigger than her. If she is being annoying and a larger dog bites her, a LOT of damage could be done without the other dog even meaning to hurt her. Being aggressive towards other dogs is not cute or funny, and it doesn’t mean your dog is brave or full of herself. She is probably uncomfortable or even frightened of larger dogs, and acts that way to protect herself. As Victoria Stillwell says, confident dogs do not aggress. They know there is nothing to fear, so they have no need to protect.
Also, does the ridgeback do well with small dogs normally? Some larger dogs do not see smaller dogs as dogs, but as prey, so this is something to be wary of as well.
Obedience training and socialization are best done at a young age, (like human children, puppies are like sponges), but it is NEVER to late to start. These dogs sound like they need heavy doses of both.
Lastly, I would discuss what will happen if your dogs do not get along. Hopefully everything will work out, but if it doesn’t, are you willing to work with a professional trainer and/or behaviorist to try to make things work? Are you prepared to keep them separated at all times if need be, possibly for the rest of their life? If it comes to it, which dog will be rehomed? If the worst happens and there is a dog fight in which one of the dogs is hurt or killed, are you going to be able to live with the other dog? I knew a woman whose dog killed her cat, and she had to rehome the dog because she couldn’t stand to live with her any more after the unfortunate incident.
I really feel like I’m being Debbie Downer here, (I’m not trying to be, I swear! LOL!), but I AM trying to make sure you have at least discussed the Worst Case Scenarios. And again, I cannot stress training and socialization enough! Good luck, and please keep us posted!
Post # 13
Good advice above. Go to a neutral location. Even the front yard works if your dog is usually only in the backyard.
Be aware that some dogs are leash-aggressive and may do better meeting another dog off leash. The restraint can make them feel threatened because they can’t get away. If you think your dog is, then maybe take them on a walk at a comfortable distance from each other until they settle down and then try them in the backyard off leash. Lots of treats/toys and praise!
Definitely seperate them when you are not at home, until you trust them together. And supervise them when they are together. It may take a few weeks, but I am sure they will come around.
Neutering and obedience classes do wonders!
Post # 14
Thanks heaps, so much good advice.
Thought I would expand my story a bit, Rocco (the ridgeback x) is really well trained and has never been a problem, when I say he gets jealous I mean he sulks, because really he’s just a big cuddly sook deep down, I am not worried about handling him or how he will react to meeting Masumi as he has met lots of dogs of all shapes and sizes, including very young puppies and has never been aggressive or caused any problems.
Masumi is the one I am worried about, she went to puppy preschool and we’ve had a trainer round, she does everything she is told, until a larger dog comes around and then she just freaks out and gets savage, luckily the larger dogs seem to ignore her (I think they probably think she’s nuts)
@Miss Apricot: I wanted to especially thank you for all you said, I originally had wanted to have both dogs desexed but according to my SO this is non negotiable and he won’t do that to Rocco, we had several fights about the double standard of it and how he was ignoring the benefits but it never got me anywhere other than stressed out.
As for what you mentioned about if anything serious should happen we have discussed that and have both agreed that if something was to happen to one of the dogs, whether fatal or just very serious than we would both be open to and deal with the fact that it would mean the other dog would have to go.
Although we do still have a few weeks before the move we have decided to fence off part of the yard for Rocco, luckily we have a huge yard and we’re going to keep Masumi seperated from that section until we are sure that they can play safe supervised and unsupervised.
My dream is that I will have stressed myself out over nothing and they will be instant bffs lol