05-16-2018, 11:37 PM
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I'm not sure if I'm going to be of much help, but your experiences remind me of my own efforts to deal with two similar dogs. Four years ago, I adopted two unrelated dogs from a shelter with the great hope that we'd be all one happy family. Unfortunately, the younger dog (Jesse), a Chihuahua Dachshund mix, was quite a jealous little dog, and I was his chief "resource" to guard. The older dog (Miles) tolerated Jesse's rude behavior, but I'm sure it created stress.
My solution was to rehome Jesse with a close friend. I see him on occasion, and he is MUCH happier being a little prince in her home as her one and only dog. And, my friend is delighted to have him. She loves him dearly. Miles, my "heart" dog and the one in my avatar, and I were much relieved when we could bond together without Jesse becoming jealous and coming in between us.
I don't think it really matters what the previous owner thought. If you can find a good home for one of the dogs, then I'd suggest pursuing that option. I think you and the dogs might all be happier without the constant tension between them. And the "problem" dog might not be such a problem in another home with another family or even in your own home as a single dog. Whenever I see Jesse at my friend's house, he's been absolutely delightful.
Anyways, this is a solution worth considering. Good luck!