I have an 8 year old lab two weeks again my husband found two young lab puppies 6 weeks old so he took them home. Problem is my 8year old dog wont look at them and runs away from them we have tried everything any one got any ideas, im starting to loose my patience at this stage.. he keeps going up stairs and wont come down even to go out for a wee.
He "found" two 6 week old puppies? And how do you know they are 6 weeks old? I certainly hope you are trying to find the owner. And at any rate, they should be kept separate from your dog. What if they are sick and infect your dog?
Basically someone left them in our porch. we brough them to the animal shelter and they said we could adopt them. We got them their vaccinations and wormed them. We had advertised every where to see who owned them. Oviously someone either got them for christams and didnt want them or someones dog had puppies and they didnt know what to do. that still leaves me with the original question "MY DOG IS AFRAID OF THEM"
Well, sorry, but your story sounded fishy. And actually, it STILL does. First, you say he "found" them and took them home. Now you say, someone left them on your porch. Which story is it?
As for the shelter-I find it hard to believe that you could take 2 pups THAT YOUNG to a shelter, and be told you can just adopt them. A shelter is legally obligated to at least try to find the rightful owner. Each state has different laws. For example, if I remember correctly from my days working in a shelter-in Maryland, a stray dog CAN'T be adopted out for 7 days; in Pa, I believe it is only 3 days.
Your orginal dog is likely just intimidated by the new additions. You have to remember this is new to him/her. If se has been an only dog for the last 8 yrs, she just isnt sure yet what to think of these little balls of energy.
Let them out together under supervision only. If you cannot be there to intervene if theres a problem than have the puppies put up until you can. Extend the periods in which the pups are with your older dog. In time he will adjust to them.
Thanks for the advice. I live in Ireland so its not a not as good as the us for animal rights there are no laws here. it was easier to say the shelter its the animal hospital you bring them to and you have to pay if they hold onto them so its cheeper to keep them we did "find" them only in our porch.jesus they way your talk your making my good nature sound criminal
I agree, why does it matter where the puppies were found? They are lucky enough to be off the streets and not in a shelter but at a home. Clearly you should stick with your cats and not give advice.
Now, for your question about your dog being afraid of the puppies. Has your dog had any socializing with small dog or young puppies? If not, this could be why he is taking to them so harsh. As long as he is not being violent towards them I would just let it go for a couple of weeks and eventually he will warm up.
I would give it time and let him go to them on his own. If you force it on him, he will become more scared and the problem will never be solved. Just let him take his time and praise him each time he does anything with them and it's postive. Eventually he will learn that they are O.K. There could also be a jealousy issue too.
Icewind, you know nothing about me. I probably know more about dogs than you ever will. My concern is for the original owner of these 2 puppies who may still be looking for them, especially considering how the OP's story keeps changing.
First, her husband "found them" and took them home. Then, someone "left them on their porch."
She took them to an "animal shelter." Then it was the "animal hospital."
She is keeping them because it is "cheaper to keep them."
I know that if one of my dogs got lost, I would be moving heaven and earth to find them, and I sure wouldn't want someone to keep them just because they wanted to.
And I still never got an answer as to how she even knows the puppies are 6 weeks old. Doesn't that seem odd to anyone? If they were, indeed, "dropped off"...did someone also leave a note saying "here are 2 lab puppies, 6 weeks old, please take care of them."???
Did she call the ISPCA or any other shelters? I get the impression that she is keeping them because she wants them, and maybe didn't put much of an effort into finding the rightful owner.
Yep, someone must have gotten the puppies for Christmas and decided that they didn't want to keep them. If they are 8 weeks now, that would mean they would have been less than 5 weeks old Christmas Day. (I don't think so....)
Sorry, O.P. We get all kinds of charlatans that come here and post all kinds of baloney. We've become very jaded.
I would not be so quick to take on two young pups --especially lab pups -- from an unknown source. I would suggest that the previous owner knows something that you do not.