My baby doxie is doing very well!!! Soooo smart already house broken for the most part and can sit, lay down, and shake and she is only 8 weeks old!!! The only concern I have is we also have a really sweet lab/collie mix 5 years old her name is Lucy. We let them sniff each other everyday but pretty much they are seperated. I just got back from a trip to my Mothers she has Shelties and Gertie(thats her name) played with them and had the best time!!! They are still bigger than her she is only 2.5 lbs. but not as big as Lucy. Today I sat her down in front of Lucy and Gertie put her butt in the air and wanted to play(she has no idea she is little) and for the first time Lucy wanted to play too but I think she kind of scared Gertie and I am not sure Lucy would be gentle enough with her so I took her away. Am I being over protective? Should I just see what happens ?
i don't think you are being overprotective, a lab/collie mix could easily injure a little doxie puppy, even just trying to play. when you have them together i'd keep the big one on a leash so you can pull her away if she gets too rough. you could teach her "gentle" or "easy" to use while they are together.
I agreee....let them get use to each other little at a time. I have a 55 lb wheaten terrier and he plays ALL the time with 2 other dogs I have that are 5 lbs. He is SO gentle with them...he knows. It's just so fun to watch them play ! He did need to get adjusted to them slowly though...he was afraid of them at first. Don't try to separate them too much...they might end up thinking that they are not suppose to be friends. Just SUPERVISE....SUPERVISE...SUPERVISE !!! Soon they will be fine together.
I wouldn't let them out unsupervised right now, assuming there's no aggression, mostly because of the size disparity. If your bigger dog is part lab, I'm wondering how high his prey drive is, simply because if they go outside and the doxie starts to run, I'm wondering if it would be enough to ignite the Lab's prey drive. In that case, there could be trouble. I'm not saying the lab mix would WANT to hurt the smaller one, but it could happen accidentally. Also, if the puppy doesn't know when to stop playing, if they're in a large area outside it might be difficult to interrupt the play if you need to. I would just sit down on the couch with a glass of something and let them in the living room/family room with some toys and see how they do, and over a period of days, if there's any patterns you need to correct, you'll see them and can work on solving the issues now. I wouldn't even keep the older one on a leash (it can be frustration for them); just let them go to it, and watch carefully. Give treats and praise, and make them realize that being together means good things! And one tip: get yourself a thick pair of work gloves just in case you have to break up something ugly, heaven forbid. Keep them beside you on the couch. One thing you must be certain of is that the lab mix has a very good obedience level with regards to the commands "drop it" and "leave it". That way, if something ugly does happen, you have a way to get the doxie out of harm's way quickly and with a minimum of fuss.