Post # 1
Thank you in advance! I will start off by saying that I have two rescue pups. Our first pup we got 2 years ago. We were very adament about puppy training and getting him socialized with everything/everyone. We would take him to the dog park, doggy day care and to my in-laws house to play with their English bulldog. My in-laws dog and him became the best of friends and he would often have sleep overs when we would go out of town.
Fast foward to this year. My DH and I bought a home and decided to rescue another dog. We went to a rescue and found a 2 year old cocker mix that we fell in love with. They told us he was good with other dogs but we wanted to make sure. We brought our dog to meet the new one and they loved each other right away. They have been inseperable since. Once we had him settled in we decided to take him to the dog park. He did great! There was only 3 other dogs when we brought him but eventually more came. He was very welcoming to them and the ones that didnt show interest in him he just ignored. We have brought him several times to the big dog and small dog park. The most dogs he has interacted with at once at the park was probably 10-12. He has never showed aggresion towards them. We took him to the doggy day care where they evaluated him and he passed! He was playing with over 30 little dogs that day.
Now here is the issue. We brought him to our in-laws home to meet their english bulldog. We introduced them while on a walk since we did not want to just barge into their home with him. From the moment he saw my in-laws dog, his body stiffened up and he tried to attack him. Like lunged at him and snarled and was trying to bite him. At first my in-laws dog just ignored him but the more aggression our dog showed, their dog got mad and started doing the same. We eventually got them to calm down and we went into the house. This time, they were off leash and I know sometimes dogs can act differently off leash. They still continued to lunge and attack eachother to the point we have to break them up. My in-laws dog never initiates the fight but he definitely wont back down either. I feel that if our dog would be nice then their dog would be fine. We have tried this a couple times and they just hate eachother. I know some dogs just “dont get along” but he has probably been in contact with 50+ dogs and never had an issue. Even if a dog would initiate a fight with him, he would just run away. Is there anything we can do to get them used to eachother. It is important that they get along as we would like to be able to leave them over there when we go out of town. They are both males and they are both fixed. Thank you in advance!
Post # 2
- Wedding: August 2015 - country club in Michigan
Sometimes dogs just dont get along. It’s normal, and not much you can do about it. You just can’t bring your dog around this one. You can try slow introductions, etc in a neutral territory (e.g. not your house of the other dogs house–this is crucial) but its ALOT of work, needs to be consistent and often, and doesn’t always work out.
Post # 3
Soemtimes theres just dogs your dog wont like. Same as people, you’re not gonna get along with every single person you meet, even if your last 50 interactions with new people were great.
You can try continued introductions in neutral territory and trying to make things more civil between them, but I dont think you should expect your dog to be bffs with this dog just because your other dog was.
Post # 4
As PP mentioned, it may just be these two will not like each other. This may be a dominance thing between these two and neither will back down.
Also, you stated you introduced them on a walk… did you tense up? Tighten the leash as the english Bulldog approached? Dogs read their owners reactions as others approach. Any slight reaction from you felt through the leash will cause a reaction in your dog.
Did you correct the misbehavior? Stern voice correction, “NO”, should have been immediate with the bad behavior.
Did you touch/nice talk to your dog? This would have been a positive response and rewarded the bad behavior.
It sounds like the Bulldog is not on your dogs lists of friends =)
Post # 5
So we have a neighbor dog. It is a really sweet dog. The kind of dog I would assume my dog (Lady) would love to play with in a dog park. We call the dog Nemesis. Anytime Nemesis walks by, Lady goes nuts. Nemesis goes nuts if Lady walks by. Nemesis is fine with other dogs, Lady is fine with many other dogs. They just cannot get along.
What I have learned in 11 months of dealing with Nemesis is that he and Lady will not be friends. It is sad, but they just do much better apart.
Post # 6
Thank you for all the responses. I guess I was just hoping there was something we could do. We live about 45 minutes from my in-laws so interacting on a regular basis is not something that can happen. We go over there maybe 3 times a month.
You know, I cannot remember if I tensed up or not. I guess it is possible since I was hoping for them to get along. I cannot help but think that its maybe him being possessive over us? When he is at the dog park we take him off the leash and he walks in freely. I wonder if he is trying to be possessive over us (like while we are on the couch). Not sure though.
Post # 7
- Wedding: April 2015 - City Hall NYC
My dog HATES bully breeds. I have no idea why but I have read its something about their faces?!?!?? I dont know but my dog hates them all, pitbulls, bulldogs, french bulldogs, bull terriers. The minute he sees one he goes to attack. He attacked a cute little french bulldog at the dog park with no warning, he cut him above his eye, and we havent been to the dog park since.
Post # 8
My daughter just got a new rescue. She already has a boxer and I have a boxer. Her two did not get a long at first even though my dog and her dog always have. She did the walking introduction (after the fact) but let her original dog stay in the lead. They walked them that way for a pretty long walk. Her and her Husband did the same walk for several days in a row. She says they finally calmed down enough to get distracted by other things on the walk and leave each other alone (as long as her original dogs stays in front). A few weeks later, I went to visit and took my dog. We met in the street with all three dogs. There was a little scuffle at first but once we started walking them it was fine. We kept them in order, her original dog, my dog, and the new rescue last. We walked them like that for quite a while. They were fine after we got home. When ever we feed, put on leashes, open the door to go outside, give treats, etc, anything, we always make sure to do it in that dog order. They have learned the pecking order now and do not fight at all. They actually sit and wait their turn. It takes some time and effort and its hard to get other family members to remember the order, but I swear that it totally worked. One thing, we always pick up the empty food bowls as soon as they finish cuz sniffing someone elses bowl is still not cool. Don’t give up. Good luck!
Post # 9
You can keep trying to introduce them to each other slowly, but just because your dog gets along with most dogs doesn’t mean your dog will get along with every dog. I know it’s frustrating because this is probably one of the more important dogs that he needs to get along with, but sometimes it just doesn’t work.
My dog loves the dog park and all of the dogs except one dog. This boxer, for whatever reason they can’t stand each other. We just avoid them.
Look up some tips online as to how to make it go more smoothly and keep trying it can take a little bit. But also be prepared if it won’t work between them.
Post # 10
My dog hates one of my in-laws dogs. No real reason for it, just hates him. I just accept it and keep them apart, even though it’s frustrating