I just adopted a second dog this weekend, and I'm starting to worry that I may have made a mistake. I want to share my experience, and see if anyone else has gone through something similar.
My first dog, Addie, is a 4yo 20-pound min-pin/velociraptor mix who I love with all of my heart. She loves to run and play, and I enjoy finding new fun things for us to do, such as go for nature walks or play ball in the park. She tolerates other dogs (at best), but mostly tends to be aggressive and HAS to be the dominant one in the mix. She gets very snarly and snappy when other dogs get close, but I have never seen her take it further and actually fight with them. When she was a little younger, she played better with other dogs, but it has been a while. I have always wanted a second dog, but I was hesitant because of her aggression.
I recently started volunteering at an animal shelter where I met and fell in love with Bubba, a 1yo 25-pound boxer/puggle mix who is just so happy and floppy and loves everyone. I brought Addie to meet him, which went as expected. She snarled and snapped at him, but they didn't fight, so I decided to proceed with the adoption. I brought him home a few days ago and he is adjusting well to his new digs, but Addie hasn't warmed up to him at all. Their interactions generally include her snapping at him, then he starts barking at her, then she gets scared and hides behind the couch (which breaks my heart). Like I said, Addie thinks she HAS to the the dominant one, but I haven't seen Bubba be submissive to her, which makes me think this might be a recipe for disaster. He really just wants to play, though, and I think they would play well if Addie got off of her high horse!
I'm worried that I may have rushed into things with Bubba. I know it has only been a few days and these things take time. I'm certainly willing to work with both dogs to achieve a good outcome, but I would hate for Bubba to get too comfortable in my home if it ultimately would not work out with Addie. I'm also sad that I'm not able to take Addie on as many fun adventures now, but my hope was that she would have a new best friend to make up for it. This is definitely a big adjustment for me and both dogs. I had a bit of "new puppy depression" when I got Addie, and now I can't imagine life without her. I know this is the same thing with Bubba, but I just want to be sure there is a light at the end of the tunnel!
Has anyone else experienced anything similar? And if so, how did you handle it?
How can I encourage them to get along and play together? When they interact, should I correct Addie for snapping, or Bubba for barking? Or let them work it out on their own?
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!