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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH So it seems Dad adopted a new puppy! A little black male one, from some shelter thing.

He won't be here till next week or so! I'm kind of weirded out he just did that on a whim, but w/e. PUPPY <333

Anyway, the update had a point besides that. I've never owned two dogs at once - my current one is female. I'm scared of what might happen if they start fighting or something, I obviously don't want that. Specially if the new puppy's so little (about two months old, said Dad, and it won't be much bigger than Ellie herself when he grows).

Any tips to help them to get along well?

Date: 2011-11-28 11:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] radiophase.livejournal.com
are they both fixed/spayed/neutered? that can affect how they'll get along when they're older. it depends a lot on their personalities; if they're very laid back then they might get along from the start. if they don't, let them sniff each other and get to know each other, interfere if they start to fight, uh... x.x;; i can't remember how we did it when we got a new puppy, but give them some time to get used to each other and i'm sure it'll be fine!

puppiessss 8DD

Date: 2011-11-28 11:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jlarinda.livejournal.com
Ellie isn't but I want her to be - I just need to get help to do so (since the shelter that'd do it can't keep her after the surgery, so I need to carry her home and my back sucks), and sob that can take time here e_e; It's definitely the idea to spay her, and I'll DEFINITELY get working to get it done already if we'll have a little male. Do not want to bring even more puppies into the world, okay.

She's kind of super nervous around other dogs, for some inexplicable reason (she loves people, weirdly enough, but dogs scare her), but it might be different with one she's not meeting randomly in the street and which I'd hold and such :|a And yeah, I did plan on easing them into it...

Date: 2011-11-28 11:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] radiophase.livejournal.com
both of my dogs were unfixed for a while -- the older dog is a girl and the younger one is a boy. what happened with my family is, the boy dog once he got older started flipping out and becoming really hyperactive whenever the girl dog went into heat, which is part of why we had to get one of them fixed D8 it might not be such a huge deal (the hyperactivity i mean) with smaller dogs, but it's something to keep in mind!

yeah, i think having them meet when one of them is being held is a good way to do it. that way you're more in control. and even if she's nervous around the new puppy for a while, she might grow out of it once she gets more used to him and having him around :3

Date: 2011-11-29 12:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petitebabby.livejournal.com
I've always usually had two dogs and they usually got along pretty well, especially when there was an age difference. When we first got Bella, Indy basically played mommy. It depends on the temperament of the dogs though, how does Ellie usually react to other dogs? That said, there's usually difference between how dogs act with strange dogs and dogs they know well. I'm not an expert by any means so other people can probably give better recommendations.

What I'd recommend is just keeping an eye on them. Be sure to split them up if it looks like one is annoying the other, even if they're not being aggressive yet. Like, if Ellie is trying to take a nap and the new puppy is trying to play with her, take the new one away and play with him yourself or something. BUT from what I remember Ellie is quite young too? so when the new puppy is old enough, they'll probably be able to play together and keep each other company quite well. While they're still getting used to each other, make sure they're supervised while they're together. (Make sure they do get used to each other though.) Try to keep an eye on the new puppy while he's still just starting to fit in, I think. But make sure you don't ignore Ellie in favour of him (or vice versa if he forms a strong attachment to you in particular). I know my dogs get jealous if one is being paid attention to and the other isn't.

Otherwise, get them fixed/spayed for sure or they'll fight and/or make new puppies. But yeah eeeeeeeeeeeee a puppy!!!!!!

Date: 2011-11-29 12:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jlarinda.livejournal.com
Thanks for the tips! :D and yeah, I actually recall seeing that bit about not paying attention to just one of them in some dog-training show o3oa I'm used to having to do that with the cat (Ellie gets totally jealous and ;o; at me if I'm petting him and not her), so it shouldn't be a problem, haha.

I normally hang out with Ellie all the time, so they'll definitely be supervised too :|b

And yesssssssssss puppy <3333


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