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7/3/10 6:32 A

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the old dogs always jealous of the new comers
hope they can settle down with time

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4/25/10 8:10 P

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Hi, Pip1star, and emoticon . I know where you're coming from because a couple of years ago, about 6 months after Cleo's 2.5 year old daughter got hit by a car, I decided to get another dog to keep her company. Well, the activity level differences between 8 to 12 year old Cleo (who was a rescue, her "shelter-given" age being significantly younger than her vet-estimated age) and 1 year old Chloe the bichon, just proved too much. Cleo wanted to supervise the household from her favorite couch, and Chloe kept nudging her and barking and wanting to play. Also, Chloe turned out to be an alpha female, and Cleo picked her sharp barks, etc. more carefully. After about a month, I was glad Chloe could go home with my dad. The shelter initially thought the fit was OK because Cleo didn't attack Chloe, and Chloe sure got housebroken much faster by watching Cleo's every move. FYI, Cleo died about a year ago, after excision of a liver tumor that was just found too late (at an annual physical).

Now I have Tara, who's at 12 lbs and 3 or 4 years old, is fairly close to Chloe in age and size. We just got back from visiting Dad and Chloe. Tara really sticks by me, as does Chloe, so joint walks are no problem. And they also love zooming and exploring and playing together, even if Chloe makes a point of peeing over Tara's markings. [LOL]

I followed advice of introducing them outside their respective homes, and like you with may, also made a point of giving Tara alone-time with me. She really doesn't seem to mind that much of my "alone-time" with Chloe involves grooming. {LOL}. Both dogs try to jump in the back seat of my car, making departures somewhat of a production. And both are quiet for several days after their separation, I think because they miss each other.

I hope your situation is working out. Sometimes it just takes time. Tara and Chloe took a few days to settle things between themselves. Cleo was a great mom to her pups, but also taught them to give her space sometimes, which they respected on visits years later. I've noticed that on our normal walks at home, Tara, like Cleo before her, really doesn't like puppies much. Sure, she's friendly (more so than Cleo was to those not her own) and will sniff and wag, but she'd rather give them some space. If Max is arthritic, is there a space where he can be puppy-free when he needs some space?

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4/19/10 1:03 A

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Hope this works out...never been in this situation since I tend to have just one dog at a time.

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4/12/10 9:13 P

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Hang in there - these things take time. Sending you an email.

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4/12/10 3:49 P

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I remember bring Olive home at 7 weeks (we had to rush it, because she was coming from Las Vegas, and Alaska Airlines was going to quit flying animals for the summer that week - too hot).

For the first few days Emma, who was a little over a year, was quite interested in Olive. Then, I swear, she would look at me and say, "Isn't it time for that Other Dog to GO HOME NOW?"

She did get her nose out of joint. Even peed on my bed! THIS IS *MY* MOM'S BED!

After a few months, they got used to each other, and they are great companions.

Give Max plenty of love and don't push him - he'll get used to the new one. :)

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4/12/10 2:15 P

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I am sure that with time Max will learn to love Min like you do, especially if you show equal love & don't play favorites. Hop[efully Max will even be somewhat protective of the new pup. Good Luck!

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4/12/10 12:32 A

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Hi there,
I have a nine year old male miniature poodle . Max works with me at a school for children with intellectual disability and he is a wonderful companion and I feel like we are a real team. I just got a new puppy as Max has arthritis and I felt I needed to start training up another pet therapy dog.
However I have been totally unprepared for how hard I'm finding it. Min (also mini poodle) is 8 weeks old and gorgeous but I feel like I've lost my close relationship with Max.He doesn't want to be around her or me when I'm caring for her. Min is just a baby and really needs me so I feel stuck. I'm showing him extra attention and taking him for walks and stuff but I feel like I've made a big mistake.Maybe I'm a one dog person.Do you have any advice to make it easier?

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