Just adopted a 7 month old mixed puppy from the shelter. I thought maybe my 11 month old Lab could use a friend. We brought the new pup home last night and they played the puppy chase game for an hour in the yard. This morning I let them out of their crates and it seems that the game isn't ending. Is this ok?
Any other tips on how to make this introduction work?
Yes, it is a fun game of chase. But the Lab doesn't seem to ever want to stop playing the game. The other dog looks somethimes like she wants to take a break but he won't stop. Even in the house. Is this something they will work out?
Also, new dog was fine in the crate the first day. Now she is barking her head off and howling ever time I put her in. Will that pass as well?
***Edited By: labguy on 6/29/2007 12:49:05 PM*** Reason: *
Just to update what I have observed. The two dogs have been playing in the yard for over an hour now and have routinely resting in between play which is a relief. However, the Lab always seems to be reluctant to rest compared to the hound.
Also, during the chase the smaller dog keeps nipping at the Lab and I heard a bark. Is this play as well? Would it be obvious if it escalated into a fight or is this all just puppy play?
They are just playing. Sometimes it looks and sounds worse then it is. Soon you will be able to tell if they are playing or if they get upset with each other.
Wiley, Blaze and Buddy will play off and on all day. Sometimes Buddy will bite Wiley a little hard and the fight is on! LOL It only is until Wiley out runs Buddy and rolls him and then they are best friends again.
When they get tired they will rest. What great exercise they are getting.
Get a crate cover, or throw a blanket over the crate. That will help a lot. Then it will feel more like a den for her. Otherwise, when we adopted Yukon they said it can take up to 3 months for an adopted dog to fully aclimate to a new situation. Depending on how they are doing. He took to Everest fine, but it took quite a while for him to fully trust us. (He had been abused and shot)
Just watch them, sounds like they are doing great! It usually is pretty obvious if it turns into a fight. You can feel it in the air. There is just a different atmosphere when they are fighting for real. Sometimes you don't really know until you've witnessed one.
They seem to be doing really well together. When we let our newbie out she ran around looking for Mojo, who was still in his crate, downstairs.
So far she is doing well with the situation. She ate well and is very comfortable staying with us, sitting on the couch, playing. In fact she is very well behaved outside of the crate. You don't even know she is there. She was even hanging out in her crate playing with her toys and eating her treats. But once I close the door and walk away. She starts barking, whining and howling. She'll take breaks in between. But its so annoying and hard to ignore. She's doing it much more today than she did yesterday.
Not sure what to do. I can't have her out all the time.
***Edited By: labguy on 6/29/2007 5:05:06 PM*** Reason: **
We had a Black Lab first before we got our Doberman. Our Doberman was more afraid then our Lab was when we first introduce them. Of course our Doberman was only 8 weeks at the time and now he is 15 weeks. But they get along great and can't stand to be without each other. They still constantly run around chasing each other. They play all day long when they are out of their crates. It's natural. I would be worried if they started showing aggression towards each other. I like that they do play all day long because they'll go to sleep better at night and sleep a lot longer!
We never use to crate our Black Lab. That is until he started scratching at the carpet (now there is a huge chunk missing), chewing up the cabinets, chewed up the toilet handle, jumped out of his room and ate out of the garbage can and chewed up my new loofah and work boots. It was horrible. My husband was hesistant to put him in a crate, but it was the only thing keeping him from destroying everything else! He was almost seven months and was never in a crate. It wasn't hard getting him used to it. He goes right in no problem. Our Doberman was howling and yelping when we first got him. So what I did was smack the crate and said in a stern voice no. He understood I suppose and laid down and went to sleep. I haven't had a hard time keeping him in a crate since. He's a lot bigger now so we have had to buy two huge crates. The only thing that makes me feel secure when I am not home is having the dogs in a crate. That way I know nothing will get chewed up! Good luck!
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