Hi all! My family just added a golden pup (now about 9.5 weeks) to our home and I have a few questions. We also have a yorkie/min pin/chi (who knows what else) rescue pup who's just under a year.
Our rescue guy is pretty reserved around new dogs and people. We adopted him around 5-6 months (just a guess) and he didn't get a lot of socialization prior to that. It took him a few days to warm up to the golden. He was like a little toddler bouncing from bed to bed and crate to crate, pouncing on everything he thought she might want.
They do okay now. I feed them separately but crated next to each other and they sleep next to each other crated separately. If he has a toy and she comes near him I do see him averting his eyes and running off the other way. He shows no signs of resource guarding around humans. He has a solid release cue and if he's into a bone or his food and I call his name he looks up at me. We did preventative drills (he'd have a toy, I'd drop cheese by it or give him another toy etc.) Is there anything like that I can do to prevent resource guarding against other dogs?
Also, any suggestions for teaching them to be calm around each other? I don't mind if they play but I'm just afraid it will escalate. I want our Golden's puppy experiences with other dogs to be positive. When our rescue woukd get wild around the cat we'd just hold him or crate him and when he was calm he got lots of treats and praise. Now he and the cat mostly ignore each other. Do I just need to do this? It was a lot of separate time and for a couple months before he chilled around the cat. There aren't any puppy play groups in my area (rural) but I do know, through the breeder, where a couple of our golden girl's siblings ended up and we plan to meet up after their next vaccinations. (They were given neopar at 6 weeks and regular 1st vaccine at 9)
Other potentially helpful information: we bought Sophia Yin's perfect puppy book and use kikopup/victoria stilwell videos for training info. We do short, separate walks and training separately. Neither have full freedom of the house and they're always supervised. (Not quite trustworthy yet
) We also have two children, (4 and 2) who have been taught how to interact properly with pets and do quite well. The 4 year old can get either dog to sit with a treat and the 2 year old brings them treats when they're quite in their crates.
Anyway, any tips, tricks or advice would be appreciated. If I can figure out how to add pics I will upload a few.