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HELP!! recent addition of lab to home and other dog NOT HAPPY

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    HELP!! recent addition of lab to home and other dog NOT HAPPY


    We have had 2 dogs in our home for at least 6 years. One of them is a female 13 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (ABBY) and our other dog is 6 years old is a male unknown mixed breed which we rescued when he was 5 weeks old. (NOLAN)
    They have always co-existed very well with minimal problems.

    About 8 months ago our daughter returned home from college and brought her "wild and crazy" female 4.5 year old yellow lab (MAYA). This dog is sweet and very bright.. but is the quintessential lab! She is active, hyper and wanting to PLAY 24 hours a day.

    Recently, Nolan has become very unhappy with Maya. Up to this point, he has basically ignored her, but not any more.

    Often times, when Nolan is in a room and Maya comes in with a toy in her mouth ready to play, he rises from wherever he is sitting.... his hair goes up on his back... and he growls.

    If anyone in the house is playing with Maya, and she gets "into his space", he reacts similarly.

    HELP!!!!!!




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    He resents another dog coming into his "territory" The newer dog is probably more active than he is and that would annoy him also. Initially they should have met on neutral territory away from your house. Use positive reinforcement, put them both in a sit stay position, when they are calm give them each a treat and praise, if that goes ok walk them together, if they are good again treat and praise. A male and female usually get along ok, unless the older dog is really territorial and doesn't want any other dog around it will work itself out. When they are good let them interact, watch the body language, if you think trouble is brewing remove the new dog, gate her off in another room to cool things down, put a blanket or something over the gate so they can't see each other. If things don't improve try reversing who is taken away and gated off, if even that doesn't work then they may have to be kept in different rooms all the time.

    If they are outside together let the new dog come in first, this will lessen his idea he has to protect his territory.
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