10-16-2013, 02:08 PM
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Hello from DC!
Hey everyone, happy to be here.
So I'm not really a dog owner/parent, more like a crazy uncle to a 2 1/2 year-old lab-pit mix named Zeus. He's a rescue adopted by my roommates (a couple) a year and a half ago.
I absolutely adore dogs but have never lived with one before, and I've only been in the house for about 6 weeks. Just hoping to find some general information about how to integrate smoothly into this pack family. I imagine it must be stressful for the little guy to have one person disappear and have to get used to a completely new one all up in his space. In fact, he seems pretty stressed and nervous around me, unless I'm feeding him or putting on the leash for a walk.
So I hope I'll be able to find some good stuff here. I really want to have a friendly relationship with this dog (and by extension, my housemates) but I'm not totally sure what I ought to do. Do I just give him some time to get comfortable with my presence? Ignore him until he decides to scope me out? Try and approach him in some non-threatening way? I'd certainly appreciate any and all insight