I just bought my fiancee a small mix breed dog to go with our jack russell. It looks like a shit-zu and poodle mix. He is only supposed to get around 8-10 lbs. My dog really wants to play with it but it plays way too rough. Will the new dog learn to adapt and play or do I need to take it back before my dog hurts it? How long should I give for them to get used to each other before I start worrying? My fiancee is worried too, so its not just me. He is a nice dog and seems playful with its siblings but I am not sure if my dog is too much. Thanks, Jeremy
I would allow them to play under careful supervision. When the JRT gets too rough, immediately address the behavior with him. If the play was extremely too rough the puppy would avoid the JRT, and act scared of it.
Possibly a mistake was made, how old is the JRT? I don't know that much about JRT's but I hear they are full of energy and can be a handful. The only one I know is 13yrs old and doesn't move very fast and doesn't like younger dogs bothering him. Try doing some research on JRT if you haven't already and see if they like having other pets in the family or do they prefer to be the only one or research the new one also and see if it is compatable with other pets in the family. Some breeds I understand don't do well with having other dogs in the family. Good luck!
I just went to Google and put in first the Jack Russell Terrier and was able to get an info page on that breed, I then put in Shih tzu and got an info page on that breed and also Poodle and the same got info page on that breed. Appears to me that the new dog would be fine with another pet in the house, not so sure about the JRT that could be iffy, just google like I did if you want and read for yourself. I hope it works out for you two and the two pups:)
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We are going thru the same at our house! Maggie (2 yrs) tends to get a bit rough while playing with Hannah (5 mon).
Keep a close eye that no one is getting hurt and if it gets to be too rough a brief seperation may be called for.
I admit I caught Hannah really bugging the crud out of Maggie before Maggie had enough! The good thing is that it is more rough and tumble (never any biting!) but to much tumbling and being stepped on isn't good for a puppy.
Once they start I try to throw a couple toys at them (or throw a ball for them to race for) so the energy is geared at actual playing then play fighting. Though puppies are great for play fights!
The Jack Russel is almost a year and loves to play with other dogs. I have seen it play dogs as small as a chihauha and as large as a boxer and do well with both, but this dog we got today is kind of a sissy and whines before it even gets touched. I hope it works out. The lady told me she would wait to cash my check for a couple days. Can I get a good enough idea in 2-3 days to decide if it will work out or not. Thanks
I would not subject a dog that is in your words, a sissy, to a boisterous dog. A dog as fearful as you describe would either wind up being traumatized or snapping in self-defense thinking it is being attacked. If you send it back traumatized it will be even harder to place in a new home and turning it into a fear-biter is just as bad. I'd pass on the dog and get something with a bit more outgoing, fun-loving personality.
***Edited By: arachyd on 7/5/2006 11:06:17 PM*** Reason: didn't look right
Our little girl Abigable Shih Tzu was 8 months old when we got Sadie Shih poo she was only 7.5 weeks old. They were kept under very close supervision for the first three weeks then when we were gone abigable had run of the house and Sadie was sectioned off to the kitchen by a child gate across the doorway. it was only a couple months before sadie was big enough to whoop the azz of abigable. NOW that abigale is 1.5 old and sadie 8 months abigable has hard time keeping up with Sadie who is hyper. once your little shih poo gets bigger she will be able to take care of her self and be able to put big brother in his place. it will just take some time and training so when big brother gets to rough that you can put him down to submission to learn not to be too rough. I think you will be pleased once it they get use to each other.
***Edited By: glasskitty on 7/5/2006 11:11:00 PM*** Reason: typo
I honestly have to say your reason for getting the second dog was a bit of bad judgenment. Buying a dog for your fiancee is one thing. However the idea of getting it to go with your JRT was not a sound idea. As there are different dogs... like people we all don't get along at first! :)
A JRT is really a big dog in a small dogs frame. Their output is in ratio to that of a large dog. Infact it's quite common to see Ja RT paired up with a Boxer. (example)
People who own more than one JRT will seldom ever leave them alone together at home. However I'm sure your fiancee is now attached to the new dog. So you'll have to train with consistence your JRT to play nice.
I would allow them together in the same room but with supervision. In which one of you can intervene when the play gets rough. Choose a command such as "Play Nice". Also keep their time together in short intervals at first. just until you see some nice play time together then extend their playtime. Can I ask how old the dogs are?
Thanks for everyone's advice. The main reason we got the dog was to play with our JRT. She gets lonely whenever she is left alone. The new dog has to be right under your feet and seems very needy. I like the dog alot ,even though it has only been a few hours since we got him. My fiancee is worried about keeping him as well, she seems more ready to give him back than me. I just hate to give up without even giving it a couple days to work out. Although if I do have to get rid of him it would probably be easier if I did it sooner. I do not want to keep the dog here if it will be miserable. Right now he seems happy but doesn't attempt to play with the JRT.
You said that the new dog is right under your feet and seems to be needy. You know JRT's are rather that way too!
I would imagine the new dog is that way because he/she has only been there for a couple of hours. It'll take at least a couple of weeks for the new dog to adapt to it's new suroundings. Let alone another new dog. I know at first change in ones routine can seem at first very chaotic. If you have a sensible plan of strategy. Everything could and will fall into place.
Try keeping them apart for short intervals in the begining. It'll help the new dog boost it's confidence with the new surroundings. Plus he/she will also familiarize themselves with the scent of the JRT. So as when they do come face to face he/she will be less frightened. :)
They are sleeping tgether right now. Maybe tommorrow will be a better day. The little dog just seems terrified at times then okay as long the JRT isn't playing rough. IF this dog does not work out I think a Beagle might be the next option if we can find one. Irishgirl, you are right about the JRT being needy she has to have company at all times too. I tried last week to keep her in the kitchen instead of her crate while I was at work and she chewed a hole through the baby gate and ripped down the blinds. She loves to have someone around even if she isn;t paying attention to them.
I adopted a greyhound almost two years ago now. Time flys. Anyway, I'm pretty sure she was abused at the track. She is very submissive. My other dogs, especially my golden are very well socialized. They have always played well with other dogs. I was so surprised when I brought home the greyhound and he went at her twice in the first weekend I had her. Thanks to Scout and her quick answers I seperated them, bought a crate for the greyhound, my golden is the only one who has never had a crate but he was adopted as an adult. After those first few days they tolerated each other. Now they play all the time and I put up the greyhound's crate over a year ago. It was a while before I trusted them to be alone together, but I've never had a problem since. Don't give up so fast, but do keep a close eye. Good luck to you. Oh, and just for the record I know absolutely nothing about JRTs.
Don't forget puppies are a bit needy ESPECIALLY only being in your home for a short time. Hannah was very low key the first few days- til she got used to her surroundings.
Also try to spend one on one time with each dog alone! That way neither will feel jealous/needy (hopefully). One of us would take Maggie for an extra long walk while the other stayed with the baby (and played). Maggie quickly saw there was no need to be jealous because she was still getting lots of attention and love. Hannah had her own private training sessions without Maggie being in the way.
I tried last week to keep her in the kitchen instead of her crate while I was at work
~jer~ I bet you won't do that again any time soon! (LOL) I also have a JRT puppy who's 13 weeks old. Plus I have 2 cats that are actually bigger than he is. I also must interevene at all times because my puppy just plays too rough.
The suggestion made by ~Beagle/Basset~ is a very good one. Whatever dog you do decide to own. You will go through with this inter meshing stage of the 2 dogs. Try to think positive and just take baby steps! :)
The new one probably isn't a sissy it could just be afraid, he has only been there a little while and has been played with roughly and he isn't used to that kind of play yet. How old is the new one, I know the JRT is a yr. Like so many have said supervise their time together and dont leave them alone till they learn to play nice. Think of this pair as human babies, your new one is a baby and the JRT is a seven year old, the two don't play the same way, you can not let a seven yr. old play with a baby because they will play to rough, you have to surpervise them to make sure the 7yr. old doesn't hurt the baby and as the baby gets older and older there comes a time when the two can be left alone together, it just takes time and patience and supervision.
The puppy is 12 weeks old. Today they haven't played so rough, but the main reason we wanted a dog was to play our JRT. I am going to give them today and tommorrow before I decide. I hate to get rid of him, but he seems like he would be happier in a less active home. Maybe it will work out though, I would love to keep him.
First you thought the dog was a shih-tzu/poodle mix now you think it is a bichon/pom mix, does the breeder know what the mix is? Instead of guessing I would be asking the breeder what the mix is and then look up both of those breeds and do reseach on them and see if they get along with other pets. I hope time will make them good friends but I am not there to interact with them and only you two can decide if you need to return the pup.
Here is a pic of my Cody, he is two yrs. old and is a Bichon Frise/Westie mix - he loves other dogs but I am not sure if he would like a little one in the house all the time with us, he is pretty spoiled and loves all the attention he gets. He gives lots of doggie kisses and he even give us hugs! ;)
The dog is actually a poodle/ spitz mix.I didn't say that before because I figured no one would have seen a mix like that. He is a really furry dog. Both of the parents were there to see. They poodle (dad) was about 12lb. and the spitz(mom) looked to be close to 20 lb. The neighbour had one of the puppies full grown and said it only weighed 8 lb. I was just giving that picture because it looked fairly close to what Rocky looks like. Today they are tolerant of each other but do not really play to much together. My JRT is actually acting sad. We are playing with her more than the new dog so she doesn't feel left out.
So, have you decided to give it more time? These things take time. You can't just tell the dogs to be comfortable and expect it to happen. It could be months of adjustment, and for a pup, certainly expect that! I promise that you will get from this situation exactly what you put in.
And it bothers me that you say that an 8 week old puppy is a sissy. Um.... when you meet new people do you love it when they are all in your face immediately? Dogs don't really love it either.
didn't mean to offend you, I was trying to give an idea of the dog's behavior. He is a really nice dog but squeells before my dog even touches him when they start playing. I am just not sure if these 2 types of dogs have the same personality. I really like the dog but want them both to be happy.