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Old 11-04-2014, 07:20 PM   #1
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Default Adopting new pup to be with Loki...

I'm finally adopting another dog to be a companion to my dog Loki. It's a big dog and Loki is just 18lbs, but this dog seems to be the perfect type for her.

I'm taking Loki to the SPCA tomorrow after work to do a meet and greet just in case before taking the other dog home. I hope everything goes well with them two as I do love this pup I'm getting.

Now, anything I need to know about pairing a small dog and big dog together or what? Both their personalities seem to be in sync from what I saw visiting with the new pup, but he is only 6 months old and Loki is 4 years old, with a TON of energy (part jack russell apparently).

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Since he is a puppy, and Loki is high energy, there are all chances that they will get along. Hope so as he is a precious pup. Is he a shepherd mix? Let us know how the meet and greet goes. Good luck.
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They say he's a german shepard mix with something else. I'm thinking maybe lab since he kinda has the lab face.

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They say he's a german shepard mix with something else. I'm thinking maybe lab since he kinda has the lab face.
He is a handsome boy!
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What a beautiful dog!! Congratulations and I can't wait to hear more about him.
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So I thought the meet went well. I'm just terrible at judging what dogs think of each other. Loki approached him a few times, he approached here a few times. He tried to play with her but she just kinda shrugged it off. Nothing aggressive though, but I wonder if they were both just nervous because of them being at the SPCA or not.

The new pup seemed extremely shy when I visited him the other day by myself, but seemed to perk up a lot when I brought Loki so that's probably a good sign. I guess it'll just take time for them both to get to know each other and start playing with each other, etc.

Overall I think it went fine though. Any tips I should know about feeding two dogs and having one dog a lot bigger than the other, etc?

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So glad the meeting went well. When are you getting the puppy? I am not a trainer, am just a dog owner and lover, so am hesitant about giving advice on the feeding situation. However, if it was me, I would start off feeding them both at the same time, but 5 or 6 feet apart. I would stay in the room with them and redirect either one of them that strays to the other one's bowl. I would think they would both eventually understand the situation. That being said, one of our trainers might come along and give you an entirely different approach.
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Picking him up this Friday. The only thing I am worried about is them two kinda avoiding each other at the SPCA. But I honestly think it's more to do with them being at the SPCA than anything. Afterall, the pup did try and play with Loki so that's a good sign right?

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I don't think them avoiding each other is a bad thing and would actually say its a good thing-as long as you didn't see any negative communication between them(avoiding isnt necessarily negative) I don't think there's anything to worry about.

There are a few books out there on managing a multiple dog household and also on reading dog body language, maybe looking into those would make you feel more comfortable/confident in having a multiple dog household.

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