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Old 12-31-2007, 07:08 PM
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Two issues!

I've just bought home an 8 week old puppy - collie rough. I have two other adult dogs (4 and 6), also rough collies.

The male (4) is pretty unimpressed with the pup and while isn't too bad, he did have a go at him while I was there and I seperated him No harm to pup and I played with him after so he was not distressed.

Is there anything I can do to make the puppy time go smoothly for my adult? They are always supervised and able to sit outside together, but it seems to be when the pup is whinging that my adult gets annoyed. I've been praising any neutral or positive attitude he shows to puppy.

The second issue is that my pup just met his first non collie dog - a 4 month old golden retriever. He SCREAMED and was pretty scared, but in about 20 minutes calmed down enough to at least sit there and watch. Is that normal for an 8 week old to be that scared? He seems to have a solid temperament in every other way.

Thanks for any advice.
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Old 12-31-2007, 10:14 PM
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Heres my opinion on what I would do.

Regarding the adult - What are you calling "have a go at him"? Is he really trying to hurt the pup or just giving him a correction for the whining or annoying him?

For the meeting new dogs - PLEASE, I can't stress this enough, socialize him like crazy. Let him go everywhere with you. Meet all kinds of people, dogs, cats, horses, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, birds, geese, anything and everything. New sounds, places, and smells. You'll regret it majorly if you don't.

As for the screaming, uhm, that doesn't sounds normal or good. Did you step on a tail or foot by mistake and didn't know? Jerk the leash? I don't see any reason as to why he would scream at a new breed of dog. Maybe some one with more knowldge could help you here. But if he did scream because it was a different breed other than Collie you need to socialize a LOT with other breeds.
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Old 12-31-2007, 10:20 PM
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It was more than a normal correction, though he gave a warning first, just didn't leave much time for Noah to move. I don't know if he really wanted to hurt him but I didn't give any time to find out, I pulled him away.

I know the importance of socialisation but we have parvo here and it is not so easy as to take him and meet unknown dogs. Most things are easy to socialise to as I can hold him but I cannot put him down on the ground with other dogs.

I don't know if it was 'screaming' as such bit a high pitched yowl. Nothing was stepped on and he wasn't on lead. He has probably never seen another kind of dog before.
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Old 12-31-2007, 10:29 PM
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Oh, so sorry about the Parvo. Thats terrible. I'm sure you'll be able to make up ground after he's over this.

Hmm, I wouldn't stress a whole lot over your older dog giving a slightly over-correction. Just keep a very watchful eye but if you trust your adult dog then I wouldn't worry.

How long have you had the little guy? Any pictures?
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Old 12-31-2007, 10:45 PM
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Oops I didn't mean Parvo in the house....I mean there's been a small outbreak in the immediate area and so I have to be quite careful where I take him.

I've only had him since Sunday. I was surprised at his reaction to the other dog because he has seemed so confident with everything else! He is fine with all types of flooring, was totally fine with both of my dogs and an adult sheltie he met.

Here is a piccie of him:

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Old 12-31-2007, 11:09 PM
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Ah ok, lol.

He's ADORABLE! *melts*
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OMG, he is SOOOOO cute!

Socialization is definately important . . . see if you can have friends or neighbors with dogs come over if taking him out is dangerous. And get him all his shots fast!

Actually, though screaming might be extreme, Sarama has acted a little strangely when she's seen breeds that were nothing like she'd ever seen before. She's disconcerted by greyhounds, for example. So .. . . I'd set about making sure he meets all the dogs he can, of every size and shape.

As for the other dogs . . . some dogs play very rough with little puppies . . . they don't mean to hurt them, but they don't really like them and are determined to show them who's boss. . . . I'd keep a close eye on it . . . but once they are used to each other, it will probably be ok.

And make SURE you pay as much attention to the older dogs as to the puppy! That should minimize jealousy.
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