I have an issue here and I would love to get some advice from you! It might be a little long but i'll try to compress everything! So here it is:
I will be moving into an apartment with a friend and she has a small chihuahua. (She has already been living there for a year. I am really excited about it at first because my dog will finally have company with someone his own size! So before I move in I decided to bring my dog to meet the chihuahua and let them be friends first. Im not sure if i made the wrong move. When we first arrived, my dog seemed really scared of the chi, when the chi tried to approach my dog, my dog will start screaming in agony (even though the chi hasn't even touched my dog!) That chi has a tendancy to scratch and bite, and my dog doesn't. So for the whole time, my dog is just trying to smell the apartment, the chi would run up to my dog and my dog would scream, then the chi would leave. occasionally they would start fighting/playing (can't really tell) by scratch and biting. But overall, my dog seemed intimidated (sp) by the chi.
So when we got home that night, my dog seemed really exhausted, and a little blue. After that, everytime he wakes up from his sleep, he would whimper and whine as if he is in pain for about 5 seconds. I checked everywhere and he doens't seem to be injured, and he eats and runs around just like normal.
So I have many questions here. Is my dog really scared of the chi? Did i introduce them the wrong way? If so, how should I do it? After I move into the apartment, I will definately monitor their play time and seperate them when I'm not home. There are also some little things like: my dog has his own toys and den, should I let the chi share these things with him? Should they get seperate food?
If there are other advice you would like to give please do! Very much appreciated!!!!
Your introducing on territory. I would suggest you immediately change that and introduce on neutral territory.
Take both dogs to a field, a neutral place and let them meet and play and slowly work into this. Once you see that goes well, bring the other dog to YOUR house 1st and let them be together on your dogs territory. Finally, when you all are comfortable, then take the dogs to the new apartment.
I would definitely start doing this quite often before the move!! GL
Meeting on neuteral turf is the best way to do the introduction. Are they both males? Are they both altered? How old are they? Some dogs just have more dominate personalities. But if they are unaltered, this can sometimes make for a more dominated dog. And what is your roomate stand on correcting her dog if he gets too rough with your dog. I let my dogs rough house, but if it gets to rough, I immediately make them settle it down a bit.
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bbkoo, if your dog is sceaming in the middle of the night, I would quickly go and have a visit to the vet and see if their is an underlying medical problem. Do you know the breeder of your dog, and do you know the parent's temperments? It's not normal for a dog to scream in the middle of the night, unless that's his way of telling you he wants to go out, but screaming? I would investigate.
you suggest a visit to a vet right..? Yes, i was thinking about that too, but i was just tryin to wait a few days to see if it would get better :(
as answering to other questions: he has been exposed to other dog and he has never been afraid. All dogs he has been exposed to are bigger than he is and he usually initiates the fighting or he would go up to them and play.
What do you mean by SCREAM??? Maybe we are understanding it to be different. If he yelps as if in pain, then he probably is in pain. If while asleep he signs and whines, but is still asleep, he is having very vivid dreams. Can you be more specific?
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If he has never been around another dog his size, he might have been afraid of seeing a small dog. I think it's a good idea to introduce them on neutral territory - petsmart, a park, or something. Try this a few times until they get along pretty well and then try the apartment again.
its the chi's territory alright,so your pet will surely be intimidated or not at ease coz of the unfamilliar place and everythin.i gues a good day walk with your pet & the new freind at the park could be better.just like meeting someone new you can't do any harm at first....
bbko,ok seems we have a little bit the same kind of problem... so i think you guys out there could help me to.i have my male pibull for abt 1 yr & a hlf now & still is agreesive towards other dogs wethr its a male or female.he had a dobe companion same his age at home.the real problem real is e cant get along with other dogs.still i try to get him along with others just to be at ease but he will always start the fight or will make the be frightend.so he doesn't he cant mingle to other once....hehehe just dont cnt imagine y im sayin this but i just dnt like him to be a loner.....any advice amigos!!!!!
Ok, when i say scream, i mean he is 'whining' in a very sharp, high-pitched voice, almost like when a dolphine 'sings'. That's the best way I can put it...
But i'll see what happens tonight, if he's doing the same thing I will take him to a vet. But i have a feeling that the vet is going to tell me the same things you guys are telling me, because I really don't think he's injured. I was just playing with him and he jumps and runs faster than ever!!
maybe he's a little bit into a culture shock or a trauma.it could turn to be hes phobia. so i tink its better to introduce him to the other for a bit farher for a while till he gets familiar wih & the threat is gone.just try it...thats wha im doing for now i hope it will help...