05-07-2018, 11:00 AM
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Should I Worry? New dog vs Old Dog
I have a 3 yr old pit boxer lab. Had him since he was a puppy. Well trained, very good with other dogs. We have a 1 yr daughter he's doing great with as well. We recently decided we'd like another dog. Ours seems happier around other dogs, whether its at the park or a taking him to friends houses who have dogs (always does fine) So we found an 18 month old Boxer mix. We did a meet and great yesterday where his foster brought him to us. We had the dogs meet outside. It went ok at first. They sniffed and seemed excited, but than they began to jump around and it quickly escalated into a minor fight and we had to separate them. On the walk they were fine. Walked side by side, sniffed each other a bit more, and were even let of leash in the fences in park area and they didn't play but they walked around with each other checking things out. It felt good so we brought them to our house. The new dog did AMAZING with our daughter. Zero issues. He tolerated everything she did perfectly. However, my dog started guarding me and the new dog was acting anxious and like he wanted to play. Whenever he approached my dog, the new boy would lick his mouth and try to initiate play, but my dog would turn away or growl. Also, they lunged at each other 3 seperate times, usually if my dog was trying to guard or the new dog tried to play. Also when the new guy climbed on the couch, my dog jumped up on the other side of me and the new dog growled at him. My dog did fine with sharing though. He let him chew his bone and drink his water. A lot of friends and a dog trainer I personally know says this sounds like they're both trying to establish dominance, and my dog just needs to warm up and to give him time. We are going to do a 2 week trial period, but I'm worried it won't work, or what if they don't stop fighting? Is this a bad situation? Is it true that they just need time to warm up and things will smooth out? We really liked this dog aside from the issues we saw (a part of me thinks it could just be my dog causing the problems because at one point he also tried to sit on foster dads lap in front of new dog). He was decently trained, great with our daughter, and seemed smart and very loving. I'm just worried about trying and failing and wasting the shelters and fosters time.