|Barked: Thu Jan 7, '10 7:38pm PST |
|We adopted a great pyrenees, Abbey, a few yrs ago and love her dearly. In some ways she is the perfect dog but in others she is a major pain in the butt!
Let me start from the beginning, Abbey has always been skittish, very reserved, and even antisocial. She was always friendly with us but when new people came over, she ran and hid. Many people comment that they never knew we had a dog much less a 100lb one. If she decides to come out with visitors around, she usually warms to them after a few minutes of being cautious and lays her head in their lap to be petted. If there is a loud noise, she is off to hide again. At first if I changed something in the house, she would refuse to even come near it. I had new flooring stored in the livingroom for a while and she would not use the doorway near it for over a month. Aggravating! However, she really has improved. She pretty much ignores any "home changes" even when we had an addition built. If she is a little cautious it only last a small amount of time. She still prefers to hang out under my kids beds if there is a lot of visitors but will venture out if it quites down. She is just as friendly to us as ever and still sits near me when I am on the computer or watching tv. The only time she has nipped or snapped at anyone is when my daughter startled her running her hand up her back once while eating and another time just walking up behind her. Neither time broke the skin or left a mark. Hmmm...she has always been aloof when we have been around other animals. Recently we boarded her and she was with three dogs. She instantly acted aloof even when one of the dogs was very dominant. Never biting but growling/snapping at Abbey. The caregiver said she did great, especially at first, but by the end of the week she was tired of the other dog and would stand her ground
barking/snapping/growling back. She did say she was much more playful than at the beginning though. Abbey has never been very playful even when we tried to play with her. We were able to teach down and sit easily but anything else was a bust. The caregiver said Abbey was becomming more playful with all the dogs, not as much with the dominant one, and even her.
We had considered getting another dog and thought this was a positive sign. We hoped that having another would bring out her playfulness. If not, we would have one that is calm and one that was playful which would be okay too. After much thought and research, we decided on a beagle/pit mix puppy. Lola is absolutely beautiful. I introduced Lola to Abbey outside our home on a short walk. Abbey seemed fine but aloof which I thought was a plus but it obviously wasn't. I am not sure what I am doing wrong or what to do now. Abbey hasn't tried to really hurt Lola, I don't think. We don't leave them alone together. She either acts like she isn't there or growls/snaps at Lola. I can walk them together and as long as Lola doesn't get in front, she ignores her. I tried to hold Lola up butt first to Abbey while outside and she turns her head or tries to leave. Usually I don't let Lola near me while in the office since Abbey loves to lay beside my chair there but today I placed Lola on a leash within a foot of me while making a fuss over Abbey. I would make sure to pet her more than normal and she would still growl at Lola, not everytime she sniffed her but alot. Tonight while Abbey was asleep in the bedroom, we played with Lola in the livingroom floor, rolling the ball etc. Then I walked her and put her in the kennel. I went and woke Abs and tried to get her to come to the livingroom. She refused for me and the kids, even with treats. I did make her come in sit where she usually lays, petted her, and talked so nicely yet she acted like she was terrified. As soon as I let go of her collar, she charged back to the bedroom. UGGGH!
As for Lola, we don't let her near Abbey too much and only when we are close. We walk them seperately most of the time but do include at least two short walks together. Lola is also not allowed to roam the house. She is on leash at all times unless we are directly playing with her or she is in her kennel. (When not in kennel or playing, she is still on leash but it is hung on a nearby doorknob so she can't roam to help with housebreaking.) Lola's kennel is in the washroom, which is another part of the house from Abbeys. (Abbey is allowed to roam as much as she wants and doesn't have to sleep in kennel.) I also make sure Abbey gets to eat before Lola in a different area. Lola is leashed within seeing-distance so Abbey knows she is the one eating. While Lola eats, Abbey is usually being walked by the kids. Hmmm.....pretty much that is it.
Do you have any suggestions? What am I doing wrong? Right? Is Abs just being a B? LOL. Seriously though, she is pouting/sulking worse than any of my 5 kids ever did. I just don't know what to do. Will it get better like some of her fears did? I will do whatever to help Abs short of getting rid of Lola. I know that seems mean but as much as I love Abs, we really want a more playful/interracting pet. If Abs can't be that, then we are glad that Lola can and want them to get along.
Last but not least, Lola hasn't been the typical hyper puppy around Abbey. She has been really shy and calm seeming to know Abs doesn't like her.
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