I am bringing home my second puppy and i need some helpful tips to ensure a smooth ride. I currently have 9 month old male french bulldog and come Dec 12th a 12 week female boston terrier is going to join our family. My current frenchie has already met the Boston and they hit it off. So i have read some basic instructions such as to meet in a park at first on nutral grounds and let they get to know eachother first there before proceeding to the house. I am also going to buy seperate beds, crates , food bowls etc.
I have also been training Bolli our French Bulldog so he now fully understands who the leader is and he is great. So smart he has learned so quickly i am super impressed. He doesnt even eat until i say its okay.
i just want to make sure everything goes super smoothly, i want the best for them both. So please if anyone has any suggestions or helpful advice i would really appreciate all of your opinions.
It sounds like you are doing everything right to get your dogs ready. We started out with one dog, a very spoiled beagle mix and a few years later someone offered us a pomerianian. At first the beagle was jealous, but noone fought or anything, we just made sure they all got the same treatment, attention and love. A few months ago we decided one more dog...we were going to the pound to find another small dog and we fell in love with a big one instead. It is a golden retriever mix. The pound had us bring all the dogs together before we decided to bring the new one home. They pretty much get along now , the pom snaps a lot at the golden though, we are trying to curb that behavior. The golden has kinda taken over....he thinks he rules the house. We are trying hard to disapline him.We tell him no when he is bad and take him away form what he is doing wrong. I thnk in your situation, it should go smother because they are both small breeds. I think you will have a good time watching them play and getting to know each other. Good luck with both of them, I wish you the best of luck.
I think you picked the perfect companion for your Frenchie. A few of my puppy owners have also bought Frenchies, and they are quite a bit alike, and always turn into the best of friends. They are both such affectionate smart, loving little dogs, I'm sure you will get many years of pleasure with them. The first thing the Boston will do is try and steal all of your Frenchie's toys. They are so cute together. Good luck with them.
Congrats on the future addition to your family! I agree that you are doing the right things to start the relationship off on the right foot. Having more than 2 dogs myself I can tell you that having their own crates helps immensely.
i just want to thank everyone so far on their inspiring responses, i am so excited to have another little furry kid. Bollinger is just so playful and i know he will truly enjoy another little companion to share his time with.
I do have one specific question :
i have noticed at the park today that Bollinger gets jelous when i give affection to other dogs, he's always looking at me when at the park he is very attentive and will run right over to me as soon as he sees that im petting another dog and then darts in between us. so today i tried to keep in him the down (submissive) position while i continued to give the other dog affection and it worked for a while.
Any other suggestions as to how to properly deal with jelously and hopefully curve this behaviour into a........"lots of love to give around and share" kinda attititude instead???
It's very typical of Frenchies, and Bostons to want to hog all your attention, after all, you're his human!! I would'nt make too big of a deal about it, I just move my hands very fast around all my dogs, and as long as they don't get nippy with each other, everything works out fine. You can pet the other dog, and have Bollinger sit beside you, or in between your legs, and just stand on his leash so he can't jump around, giving him the odd pat as well. As long as he's not showing aggression towards the other dog, or you, I think it's fairly normal and typical behaviour.