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Old 03-14-2015, 06:02 AM
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Separate dogs?

Hello, I've been on the hunt for a puppy. I live with my boyfriend who also has a dog however I'm wondering if I should separate the dogs when I do get one? The thing is that I'm worried that the current dog will influence the new one... The current dog is VERY misbehaved. He's never had proper training, he's very aggressive and very dominant. Although he's a samall little Pomeranian, he bites a lot... I have the scars to prove it. He also barks at everything and growls very aggressively at everything. I'm worried because I don't want the new dog to be influenced by this behaviour. Wondering if he heard the other dog growl and bark at everything, will the new dog become aggressive too??
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The current dog also has his scent all over the house. We're planning on getting new wooden floors because the current dog has ruined the carpet. Don't get me wrong, he doesn't pee anywhere he wants to anymore but sometimes he does pee upstairs when his pee pad is downstairs... We are doing all we can to fix the issue, including blocking him from going upstairs now. Will this have an effect over the new dog?
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Personally, I wouldn't add another dog to that situation. It doesn't sound like your living situation, with the resident dog and boyfriend, is a good place to bring a new dog. Your boyfriend needs to get help from a trainer. A positive reinforcement trainer who can explain to both of you that dogs aren't trying to be dominant over us and show you both how to change his behavior before you consider adding another dog.


Keeping dogs separated is a huge pain and the resident dog needs help not more stress added to his life.
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I would train the current dog before adding another in the mix.
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That is unfortunate... The current dog gets spoiled by his mother which makes it impossible to train him, even though we explain to her repeatedly how she's enabling his behavior. I have always wanted my own dog... Guess it's time to look for a new place.
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