01-11-2009, 03:55 PM
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First: Re: Your existing dogs. It sounds like your male family member is marking his territory, which is not all that unusual when they go to a new environment. It is a dominance trait to show everyone who's boss. This should end relatively quickly. However, if it continues, then we'll have to look into re-training.
Second: This is my personal opinion, but I wouldn't give much credibility to a breeder that will take a puppy away from his/her mother and give it up prior to at least 10 weeks old. The puppy needs proper weening and anything less than that period of time does not give the puppy a proper start in life.
Third: Whenever you bring a new puppy or dog into a home, that already has four legged family members, it is advisable to follow the following procedure.
- Don't buy your puppy until you are sure that your new pup and your existing dogs will get along. Make sure you discuss this with the breeder before you make a commitment.
- Do not bring your new puppy into the house to meet your dogs.
- Take you dogs outside to meet your puppy and let them get acquainted outside.
- Don't rush this. Let them play for a while and make sure that they get along.
- If they don't get along outside, take the puppy back to the breeder and try to bring the puppy back again later in the day, or whenever it is convenient and try the same routine again. (Pekingese can be very temperamental and possessive of their environment)
- If they don't get along after the second time, forget about that particular puppy. As cute as he/she is, you will have nothing but trouble at home.
I've written a couple of articles which you can read on my website about bringing home and housebreaking a new puppy, but make every effort to stay home from work for at least a couple of days of more. This will save you a tremendous amount of anguish in the long run.
If I can help you with any other questions let me know.