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Posted by: Lida | 2004/10/27

Nuwe hond

Ek het 'n spaniel teef van 6 jaar wat in die huis bly, ek kry nou 'n baba Basset Teef wat ook in die huis gaan bly, sal dit my spaniel baie beinvloed en hoe sal sy optree teenoor die nuwe baba?
Ek het ook 'n Basset/Labrador reun kruising wat buite bly, hoe gaan die nuwe babatjie almal affekteer?

Baie dankie

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Hi Lida
Why is the male dog not allowed inside? Isn't it easier to have all three dogs allowed inside? Introducing the puppy may be a delicate matter as the spaniel may be jealous because she has been spoiled and allowed "privileges", and the male dog may disapprove of a puppy getting "privileges" above him. Privileges, such as sleeping in the owner's "den", getting the owner's attention on demand, being fed special food 3 times a day etc., should really be reserved for the older dogs, so be careful how you treat the puppy in their presence. You may have to supervise the first few meetings with both dogs, giving the older dogs lots of praise and rewards (e.g. treats) while the puppy is around, so that they associate the pup with pleasure, not being chassed away or shouted at. The older dogs will probably growl at the puppy or ignore it at first, but this is normal and you should ignore it, unless you're afraid of real aggression, of course. Sometimes putting the puppy in a crate or cage for the first few meetings helps as they can all sniff each other and move around safely and you don't need to interfere.
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Posted by: Acineth | 2004/10/28

What also helps is if you give your dogs less attention before the puppy arrives, and then the usual amount when the puppy arrives. They think the puppy brought the increase in attention.

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Posted by: Carol | 2004/10/27

Initialy because yr new puppy is a puppy it isnt going to have much impact , you are going to have to make sure that your two existing dogs still get the same attention they used to before the baby arrived tho because u may find jealousy creeping in ... if all your pets are spayed and neutred i realy dont think u are going to have much trouble ...

Your spaniel may get quite snappy with the baby but dont take any notice as it is normal behaviour and she is teaching puppy manners ...

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