|Barked: Tue Jun 26, '07 10:45pm PST |
|Everything Khola said.
Even if you adopt a new dog and they don't 'get along' at first, there's still hope. Josie and Levi fought like dogs and... dogs at first, now they're a tight pack. Levi was raised in the pound from 6 months old to adulthood, and never learned dog language/behavior/manners. Levi did not speak 'Dog'.
We worked HARD with him, the same you will have to do with Pie, and it has paid off-- after three or four months he could be kept alone with Josie, and after six months I can trust him around other dogs more or less.
NILIF (Nothing In Life Is Free) can be your new best friend. You can google it up. Watch Cesar Millan and how he acts around dogs-- watch how he enters/exists the room, how he greets strange dogs, and especially study the body language on his show: his, and the dog's.
You maintaining 'pack leader' position is very important in rehabilitating a dog in our situation.
When/if you do pick out a new dog, take Pie to meet any potential new house mate before you choose. You may not be able to force two dogs to get along if they absolutely dislike each other. Also, match the dog's energy to Pie's-- this is very important.
Socialize, socialize, socialize! Don't let Pie get away with bad behavior!
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