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16 February 2009 @ 11:39 pm
Any Advice on adding a second dog??  
We are planning on getting a boy for our girl bosty and i'm freaking out! lol She is um... Queen of the house. She admittedly is not well socialized and we've tried bringing another dog in the house before and she gets nasty. Tearing things up and peeing on things. She also is pretty anxious when people come over, dogs walk by the house, etc. Do you think we should just forget the whole 2nd dog thing or do you think we should do it. We found an 11 month old boy who isn't neutered (we would get him neutered) and i'm afraid he'll try and hump her and she will try to kill him. Any advice or suggestions??
I am feeling: scaredscared
plz_letsrunawayplz_letsrunaway on February 17th, 2009 06:42 am (UTC)
i don't have two dogs, but i do have a dog and three cats. (the three cats aren't by choice) ... the only thing i regret about that, is that i didn't get her used to the cats, or the cats used to her first. so now, there are puppy gates up everywhere, so that they can have 'alone time' when they get annoyed with one another.

so maybe try introducing them first. or using things like puppy gates, so they can sniff each other out, but still have space to themselves so they don't feel totally overwhelmed?

Nancie: Banjo and Lucieicnan on February 17th, 2009 12:18 pm (UTC)
I second the baby gates. It allowed our senior dog to see and smell the puppy for awhile so she got more comfortable with him. And it kept Banjo confined to less areas for mass destruction.

Do you have a dog park or dog daycare you could take her to? Allowing her in an area where she has plenty of room to run while playing with other dogs might help get her used to dogs in a better situation with an outlet to run and release agression.
Sarah Raesarahrae on February 17th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
The one on Craigslist has already been spoken for....
Play dates are seriously the best thing ever, dog parks, socialization to the max.... there are several great ones in the metro to check out to help out with that.
Our Boston does great with other dogs, but is still tards out when a cat or other dog walks by the window....
But hitting up the dog park 3+ times a week, no matter how inconvenient it is to our daily schedules has helped immensely.

Choose parks that are super busy.... the ones where there is only a few dogs in attendance can be a little more difficult with a dominating personality. It means there's only one dog to pick on instead of lots of dogs to check out... they don't stay as hardcore defensive.

The key to bringing in a second dog outside of mass amounts of socialization is exercise. We have a small lab mix (who we had before our Boston) and when she would get cranky that the new dog stole her blanket, or bed she got territorial, but when she was flat out exhausted.... she didn't care about anything. After a month of tiring them both out... they are two peas in a pod!

Let me know if you want to meet up for a playdate sometime...
stacyleigh_1999stacyleigh_1999 on February 17th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks everyone. Sarah are you in KC? I've already been talking to the lady on CL and we are meeting on wednesday. I wonder if she's gotten rid of him already? Wow i'm so confused lol

We have a fenced in back yard and our neighbors have a chiuaua and a boston and Gracie loves to interact with them but she only knows them behind a fence. When we take her on walks she gets really mean if she sees other dogs. I'm not sure what to do.
Sarah Raesarahrae on February 17th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
I am in KC.... I had emailed the CL lady and she said she already had interested parties and a waiting list... so that must have meant you!

What type of leash are you using to walk yours with? We had to change harnesses and leash styles with our Boston because it was encouraging their bully nature. Now they are on a short leash with a different harness. It's helped with the "I'm the boss and we're going over here" mentality, although the dog parks really have been a blessing. Although we do still have an altercation once in awhile it's really helped him warm up to just the physical act of being around other dogs.

Doggy daycare can be a good alternative too.... places like Camp Bow Wow in Lee's Summit will let you come for free for the first day to try the other dogs on for size and to see how yours does... and they get all the exercise and socialization a dog could ever want!
stacyleigh_1999stacyleigh_1999 on February 17th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
wow thanks so much! Gracie is on a harness and one of those retractable leashes. We live in a really quiet neighborhood and I guess i don't mind letting her explore but I can see how this is making her the boss. We live near heritage park so I might try taking her over there. She has anxiety so bad and doesn't even like riding in the car that we just hate taking her places.
Sarah Raesarahrae on February 17th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
If she hates riding in the car, you need to get her over it! Not only does it make you nervous, it physically makes them sick.... start small, take a ride or two even a day, just five minutes at a time.... and then increase the amount when you see they are doing better at it.
I suggest putting a towel down, or making sure they feel secure. (The towel incase they yak... we learned the hard way) and sometimes car seats let their nails slide and they don't feel stable.

Retractable leashes are an overbearing dogs best friend.... I would suggest changing that out asap!!
stacyleigh_1999stacyleigh_1999 on February 17th, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
ya I had a feeling that leash was going to have to go. I will work on the car rides thing. She loved them when she was a puppy but all of a sudden she got scared and only wants to sit in our lap with her head in our armpit.
astro boy toystarlitziggy on February 17th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
i agree with sarahrae.. we have a dominant alaskan malamute who are renowned for not liking other dogs & to make things more difficult I rescued her in her adult years so it took a bit of work to get her out of her aggressive tendencies. We recently got our boston terrier, fall of last year, as a puppy & taught her to be submissive (for example when you exit the house, you walk out first, then your dog, then the new dog.) but also work on exercises to assert your dominance over all of your dogs. For example, you shouldn't let your current dog get away with things you don't want her to- using simple loud noises like "ah ah" or a snake noise like "pst" & standing up straight with your shoulders back usually lets our dogs know we mean business. If you're really worried about it, contact a trainer in your area who may be able to help you.
astro boy toystarlitziggy on February 17th, 2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
& when i said i agree with sarahrae, i meant to say exercise is key in training dogs!
stageiistageii on February 18th, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
If at all possible, borrow a dog from a friend or relative for a week or two, a test drive, so to speak, before committing to caring for another Bostie on a permanent basis when you are unsure of The Queen's possible reaction. There are plenty of ways to ease introductions, but there are some dogs that are just not meant to live with others. I hate to put a damper on what should (and, of course, you hope will be) a happy experience - but every dog has a very different personality and social attitude, and you can't predict the new BT's take on things.
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
Here here I totally agree. I just don't think Gracie is meant to have another. We've decided to hold off. I emailed the girl I think she was kind of bummed but i'm sure she'll be able to find a good home for him. As for Queen G we've decided to try and work on some of her anxiety first.
stacyleigh_1999stacyleigh_1999 on February 18th, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
Oops that was me.