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Old 12-28-2012, 11:24   #1
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May be adopting a dog who was abandoned.

This is my Rhodesian Ridgeback, at 3 yrs old. His name is Dexter.
The Okie Corral

this is Ralphie, at 1 yrs old. He just had shots and neture done.

The Okie Corral

We will introduce them to each other and my kids on Sunday.
any thoughts? what should i look for? My first priority is safety of my family of course.
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:09   #2
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I was always told to introduce the dogs on mutual ground. Let them sniff each out before letting the kids get involved.

Also, you know your dog, has it ever had "problems" with anything new? Kids? Dogs? Strangers (beyond the obvious barking)?
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:11   #3
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I'm not an animal expert by any stretch but I'd say one of them will assume the alpha position quickly.

I have a Pit Bull that is very friendly to people he knows. He can get aggressive to other dogs that are aggressive to him. A male Pit followed us home, and I couldn't find his owner. He's extremely friendly to strangers, highly aggressive to smaller animals.

99% of the time the boys get along perfectly, even sleeping while touching each other. The other 1% (could be less) is when one tries to take food from the other.

Check their behavior and watch them closely at first. Feed them separately.
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:13   #4
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I was always told to introduce the dogs on mutual ground. Let them sniff each out before letting the kids get involved.
I think this is good too. That's how my dogs met.
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Old 12-28-2012, 13:56   #5
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I agree typically neutral ground would be good but i am actually more afraid my dog will be the submissive one. We will see, he has been around dogs a bunch some bigger who he has no fear of and some smaller who he has been scared of.
He has NEVER growled or snapped at any dog or person. Our kids are 7, 9 and 10. All been around our dog for 3 years.
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Old 12-28-2012, 14:02   #6
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I would say you probably have nothing to worry about. I can get in my dogs' face while they eat and they step back and look at me. I did this before we had kids. I think people generally know if they have a docile dog. Mine have never growled or nipped ever either.

And if our current dog is the more submissive one, then that's the nature of the pack. So long as you and the other people in your house show they are above the new dog then everything should work out fine.

Ever since I saw a Cane Corso on here I have wanted one, but I know they wouldn't be a fit for my family, as my wife is too soft on animals and my kids aren't big enough to show control of one.
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go slow, let them take it at their own pace....did i say go slow?

Good luck and you are doing a great thing, congrats to you.
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from one dog lover to another, thank you for rescuing this dog.

Now, introduce the 2 dogs on neutral ground (always). Have them meet outside your house and maybe immediately take them for a 20 minute walk. This way they can get to know each other, sniff each other, etc.

When they enter the house, keep a watchful eye, make sure their eating stations are separated and keep an eye on them during feeding. This has helped when we rescue dogs (3 greyhounds).

Good luck...beautiful dogs you have there.
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Old 12-28-2012, 15:07   #9
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Just get him you know you want him.
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Old 12-28-2012, 15:07   #10
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from one dog lover to another, thank you for rescuing this dog.

Now, introduce the 2 dogs on neutral ground (always). Have them meet outside your house and maybe immediately take them for a 20 minute walk. This way they can get to know each other, sniff each other, etc.

When they enter the house, keep a watchful eye, make sure their eating stations are separated and keep an eye on them during feeding. This has helped when we rescue dogs (3 greyhounds).

Good luck...beautiful dogs you have there.
All good advice and good luck your doing a good thing,

The only thing I can add is when they enter the house get rid of anything your guy might want to protect, food special toys, water bowl,a child. also understand the dynamic of your pack may change with the introduction of another pack member.
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Old 12-28-2012, 15:44   #11
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Rhodesians are great dogs! Nice job on the rescue, you scored.

They'll do fine just put a ball out there and both parties will know what to do.

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Old 12-28-2012, 15:54   #12
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Dexter will be stoked to have a buddy
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Thank You for rescuing an older dog.
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I echo the thanks for giving a good dog a second chance to belong to a loving pack.

I wish the best for you and your new friend. He will be more loyal to you than any friend you have.

To be alone in life is a terrible thing.
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Nice lookin pooch
I think he will make a fine addition n to the family
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I think this is good too. That's how my dogs met.
I agree. they should get along fine. Good luck.
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:53   #17
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We got adopted on Christmas eve

Yup wife was working in the campground on Christmas Eve and this little poochie was wandering around. No collar, no tatoo, no chip.
She looks to be 2 yrs. old or so the local vet said. We looked up on the internet and she is a Australian stumpy tail with something that may have snuck in the back door.
Live in a motorhome and have not had a dog for 4 yrs or so.
As the wife said "nothing free about a FREE dog"
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:29   #18
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Yup wife was working in the campground on Christmas Eve and this little poochie was wandering around. No collar, no tatoo, no chip.
She looks to be 2 yrs. old or so the local vet said. We looked up on the internet and she is a Australian stumpy tail with something that may have snuck in the back door.
Live in a motorhome and have not had a dog for 4 yrs or so.
As the wife said "nothing free about a FREE dog"

That is an Austrailan Cattle Dog, or Blue Heeler (2 names for the same breed).

That one looks like it is a pure bred.

Virtually everyone in ranching, farming or the cattle business has or had one, or has a friend that does.

I had one. The tails are bobbed at birth because of their tradition of being working farm dogs. 40 years ago all their tails were bobbed. Now much less. He may be from farm stock if his tail has been bobbed.

The breed is very, very smart. You can teach them anything. They need to be socialized with other dogs and people. They can be protective if not. Be alert the first time it is around a small child. Usually they are guilty of trying to herd small kids.

The dog is a "heeler". It herds cattle and sheep by nipping at their heels. You will probably see that trait come out.

Never teach that dog "sss", "sick", or "get it" unless you are on a farm and working it, and it doesn't appear you are. If you put that dog on something it will be 100% with no hesitation or fear. It doesnt care whether it is a rabbit or a 2,000 pound bull. Immediately teach the dog a command to stop it in its tracks. I used an abrupt "hey". When she heard that she knew she wasn't to move an inch and stop everything she was doing. It isn't a mean or dangerous. It is a working dog and bred to do what its master wants.

As a side note, I grew up on a farm and we whistled for our dogs. My dog came to a quick 3 tone whistle. My wife can't whistle so the dog unintentianlly ignored her for a long time.

They are great dogs, but very intelligent and they need excercise. You can do it with walks, but it won't be the 5 minute walks.

Send me a note fo you have questions.

Sorry for the detour OP.
Congrats to both of you on the new dogs.

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All three of our dogs are rescued, we love them all.
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