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Old 11-03-2008, 01:55 PM   #1
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Lucy is about 10 now. Still can't upload Kodac Easy share (not) pics. We are thinking of maybe might getting a second adult dog to be a companion for Lucy. Partially to be a companion because our small back yard is so boring for her. She does fine around dogs her size and smaller. Once she has been around them several times there is no problem.
She still barks her head off at bigger dogs.
I think if we do decide to get a second dog, we should introduce them at a neutral site, letting Lucy have time to know the other dog.
We would have to get another water bowl and food dish.
Lucy still gets antsy if you get behind her when she is eating.
I think she was around big dogs and got the worst of it at feeding and watering time.
We would keep both indoors and take them out for walks.
My husband would take them out for several walks.
Thanks for any help. It would probably be a rescue.
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hello techie

to be honest, even though i am a first time dog owner i would work on lucys issues first, yes it could be that she got the worst around bigger dogs during feeding, but then again she should not protect her food from you.
i think it is important to work through the issues with big dogs and feeding first before introducing a companion, as if you are really unlucky you could end up having two dogs with similar issues (as they pick up bad habbits faster than good) and you would have a hard time dealing with two dogs with possible fights over food etc. that would not be fair to either of them.
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Getting her over the food issue should not be hard. Big dogs do not cause a food issue no matter what. It is her personality and lack of work around food when eating. Soon as I get a pup I sit down and make my hands part of the food in its dish or bowel. I stroke its face, talk quietly while it eats and never ever had a food issue here with the many many dogs that has been here in the years.

After you get her to accept you as part of feeding not a prediator to take her food, then start to look for a partner or company for her. You want no issues with her to try and work through with another dog in the home. Yes, seperate dishes is a must, water not so much. Wormings, flea meds are the biggest thing. I do not give my dogs shots every year only every 3 to 4 yrs. They can be worse than what they are preventing.

So, when your comfortable while she eats and she is no problem, then go for it, knowing she will be no trouble as I am sure she will not be having company to play with. Good luck and hope this helps, if you need anything further, just holler, I run a pack daily and have for years.
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Old 11-03-2008, 05:53 PM   #4
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Lucy sits and stays until I say go get it. I sit right beside her while she is eating. When we give her the biscuits at night, she always takes the first and runs about 10 feet away from us. Then she eats the rest where her food bowl is.
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Oh! I forgot to say Lucy doesn't know HOW to play!
I think she was crated at one time. She always looks for a well protected place to lay down.
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