- 4 weeks ago
- Wedding: September 2017
So this is a first for me, but we had a situation last week where we had to take in a dog that was at risk from family. We have never taken a rescue in before so I am reading up on how to make my only dog who we have had since a puppy comfortable sharing his space with a new, much larger dog (15lbs versus 60lbs). She is such a sweet and loving dog but very skittish from past abuse.
The 2 dogs have met before, and we introduced them to each other before we brought her in the house. We set up a seperate sleeping room for her, as well as seperate feeding areas which both dogs are respecting. I also will not let her sleep with us so that our dog dosent feel neglected and he gets a break at night. But I feel like I am struggling to find the balance between making sure they both have attention and love and not letting either feel left out. So far my dog has been completely indifferent to her. Basically ignoring her and pouting which isnt great, however I am thankful that he is not showing any territorialness!
Does anyone have any tips on how to make this transition smooth? I have been lucky to have been able to take the past week and this week off to watch over them but next week I need to go back and they will be left to figure it out themselves which makes me nervous. I just want them to get along, but do not want to force anything. As much as I love this new dog, my priority is my established dog, as it is his home. I just really hope it can work out so I can give her a stable, loving and safe home.