I wrote earlier about my new adopted female 2 year old goldendoodle and my 10mo male old golden retriever (both fixed)who are doing okay together but as a new mother of the younger and a hopeful for the other one I need tips of how to manage a two dog home. thanks for the advice before but the more the better. Last, do dogs always have scuffles or will it only be in the beginning. Mine haven't but there has been some growling over tennis balls or space. Hoping for the best.
Some adjustment periods are longer than others. Just start a routine and keep to it. Have a dog that is the leader and stick to that. If there is a dominance issue that is where a problem can begin. Since you have opposite sexes it shuldn't be too bad though. I have four and we are still surviving so you'll do fine :)
I have two dogs that are a tad dominant, but my girl is definetly the head dog. I have separate beds, I separate them for dinner time. If I give them bones or chew i separate them, or I tether them to their beds while they are chewing. I don't get them to excited, that may bring on a squabble.They do play occasionally which is nice, but they have squabbles once and a while.
i have a 2 y/o female and 18 mos old male, both american eskimos. she is by far top dog. they have scruffs over certian things and only if it escalates or i see real snarling do i step in. lots of that rough play, stealing toys, etc, is normal pack behavior. any toy that elicits a real growl/snap fast becomes the property of mamagement (ME). they took to each other real fast- like, immediately. now they are pretty much iseparable.
they spend most of their days and nights wrestling, stealing toys from one another and chasing each other. even thought she's older, she lets him get away with murder. once i a while i step in and separate them, just to calm him down. he is a total spaz- still 100% puppy.
i have found the older dog will generally take more 'crap' from a puppy- its like they know they are younger and learning. she lets him drag her around while she chewies, she just ignores it. she lets him climb all over her while she rests and doesnt play back, he doesnt care. he goes goes goes like the energizer bunny.
The older female MAcy seems to be feeling more comfortable she even chased a tennis ball the other day and Charley the younger golden went with it. They did ok together. I don't think she knows how to play? The other dog she lived with was a bully trust me I met him and he was so nasty to my golden I had to leave him in the crate in fear of a fight. Could this of affected Macy's social behaviors? She is growling still but we can't tell who the boss is yet? I think they BOTH want the job. Great tips on the treats. I have been giving them safe bones at night when they are in their sleeping spots Charely the golden is still in his crate so he is safe to have the treat it seems to work and make night night time exciting for them both.