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Old 08-14-2011, 10:47 PM
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Introducing a new dog to an injured dog at home

All, thank you for taking the time to read this and helping us out. I have a situation that is causing considerable stress to me and my wife and would appreciate some help.

We had one dog till a couple of days back (Beagle 1 - medium size 10 month pup). We wanted a second dog and adopted another (Beagle 2 - large size 9 month pup) a couple of days back. The dogs are very well natured and there are no behavior problems. They get along with each other fine.

Unfortunately the same day Beagle 2 came, Beagle 1 sprained his ankle in an unrelated incident. The Vet said that though there were no broken bones, care should be taken so Beagle 1 does not jump around and put pressure on his ankle.

Now as we all know, the two dogs are in the "pack order decision" phase. They playfully fight a lot to find out who the dominant alpha dog will be. We would not have interfered in this playful fighting if it was not for the sprained ankle.

MY QUESTION : I wanted to ask all of you for advice on what I should be doing. Will it be very detrimental if I keep pulling the dogs away from each other for the next 2-3 weeks till the ankle is fully healed? More importantly, can I do anything that would make them jump on each other to a lesser extent? Will leashing the dogs at home add behavioral problems?

What I do currently is to exercise Beagle 2 a lot so he is quite exhausted to play with Beagle 1. I have taken away most of their toys because they worsen the situation.

Anything else I can do? Any tips would be appreciated!

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no worries about interrupting their "pack play" they are playing to play, not to establish dominance interrupting them when they get outta hand isn't a bad thing at all, and can help to teach them to interact more calmly with each other.

IMO there is nothing wrong with confining them to some degree when they are in the house, even uninjured. it might set them up to develop some good habits, but i would make sure that they have something to keep them occupied while this is happening, you might want to feed them parts of their meals stuffed into kongs, so that they can occupy themselves quietly in the house. make sure you reward them for being calm, rather than scold them when they are playful, they only "kids" afterall. also, don't tether them if you aren't home, crate them, or confine them to separate dog safe rooms, dogs can easily become tangled and strangle themselves when left tied to something.

good luck, and i hope your li'l guy heals quickly so that he can get back down to the serious business of playing!
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