Dog Experts...I need your opinion.

Discussion in 'Woof Memorial Critter's Corner' started by Way2SSlow, Dec 4, 2005.

  1. Way2SSlow

    Way2SSlow

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    Hey everyone,

    I've been a lurker on this forum for a while, but this is my first post. I posted it on some other forums, but I think you guys might be able to give me a little more help. Here it goes:

    We have had this dog (mixed breed) for about 7 years now and she always seems to love other dogs. She has always seemed agressive at first, but within minutes, they are running around and playing. Well, over the Thanksgiving holiday we went to my Aunt and Uncle's house....there were 3 other dogs there and my dog was really enjoying the playtime with the other 3. Since we have been home, she has been acting kind of depressed and lonely. We had been kicking around the idea of getting her another dog for a while, and the way she acted over the holiday vacation sealed the deal. We brought home a male dog (mixed breed..your guess is as good as mine) to be her pal. The dog we brought home has been in the shelter for almost his entire life. He's a real sweetheart, and gets along with other dogs very well (he shared a pen with two other dogs his entire life). I can tell he is going to be a great dog, he is smart, knows some commands, loves people, is good on a leash, house trained, and pretty playful. The problem that I am having is with my resident dog. She has all the same qualities as he does (well..minus the good on a leash thing) but she has been acting funny around him. She won't give him the time of day. When he comes over to her, she will kinda shrug him off. At night, she sleeps in a chair/foot stool we have for her, and he slept on the floor near her. She usually stays still while she sleeps, but last night she moved to the other side of the room, almost as if to get away from Murray (the new dog). Last night WAS his first night, and he totally warmed up to the family in about 3 minutes.....Anyone have any ideas/opinions/general thoughts about why Jinx (my older dog) isnt acting like she does with all the other dogs that come around? Any suggestions as to what I can do to help them get used to each other.

    Jinx always acts weird if anything is at all out of place. Example: when we first got her (Oct 99) we tried to put a bow on her collar (for Xmas) and she acts like she is sick. Her nose goes from Cold/wet to warm and dry, and she just isnt herself. It seems that she is acting sick now ever since Murray came home. Thing is, we didnt spring Murray on her, we brought her with us to the Rescue and she got to meet Murray the same time we did (we found him on Petfinder). What gives? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Approximate ages: Jinx-about 7 years (the rescue estimated her to be 8 months when we got her in Oct 99). Murray-about 3-4 years old (he was pretty young when the rescue got him and has spent most his life there).

    Note: Jinx has been a little under the weather for the last week or so (she has had some swelling on her snout...Vet gave her some meds that we give her every 12 hours and she is looking a lot better). Wednesday was Murrays first night here.
     
  2. Texas Raider

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    Sounds like maybe Jinx is worried about her place in the "pack".
    Like when parents of a 4 year old bring home a new baby.
    Keep her routine the same and integrate Murray into it.
    Give her the same level of attention she is used to.
    The critters will sort out their places.
    I think it may be too soon to worry.
    I had a similiar thing here when we were forced to adopt my daughters two Labs. My then 12 year old Rottie was unhappy with having these youngsters around for awhile. Now they are fine and she has really has more pep in her step with the younger dogs keeping her active when she wants to be.
    Good luck, I think Jinx will adapt in time.
     

  3. DEUCE-DOBE

    DEUCE-DOBE Landshark&Sis'

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    Good adivce. Give it time. Definately intergrate BOTH dogs into activities... chasing balls, play, snack time, etc. Encourage them to be playful and friendly and social with one another. Jinx has been the only dog for awhile, and this new addition is, to a dog, a BIG deal. Don't change how you treat Jinx (even give her a little more attention). If they're not fighting now, it'll work out fine.