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How to introduce a new dog

April 15th, 2007, 11:35 AM
I have a 3.5 years old GSD Joshie, he is very dominant and love all the attention. Up till last year we had no problems on the walks if anything he was a bit afraid of the other dogs. When we went to doggie park, he was playing by himself with his ball or other toys and never had any trouble.
He doesn't like to be bothered and if other dog was trying to play with him he would growled and tell him off.
On a walks now he started barking on the first sight of the dog, but thankfully
stops when told so. After that he demands a treat. I wonder if it's not his trick to get extra cookie. Still our walks become a bit of problem with me scanning the horizon for the sight of the dogs and trying to avoid them if possible.
Also he is extremely protective of the house. The door bell set him on a barking frenzy which is very hard to stop. All of these things are the questions by themselves - how to stop him to do this.

My main question howecver is: Can I adopt a second dog? I really want to adopt a GSD girl. I want to help a dog and also it will be good for Joshie.
I am not sure though how he will react, he may be the "one only" dog.
Also I am debating about the age. Both my husband and I are working all day, Josh used to that, but it rules out a puppy. Besides since he doesn;t like to be bothered maybe older girl will be more relaxed.

How can I tell if he "one only" dog? What should I do?

April 15th, 2007, 01:47 PM
He doesn't like to be bothered .... I really think he's an "only dog" . :sorry:

April 15th, 2007, 02:11 PM
I suggest you contact a German Shepherd Rescue and ask their opinion. They may be able to help you to know if he will be accepting of a female shepherd or not. Sometimes a dog on a leash or in unfamiliar surroundings is not sure how to behave and that behavior is labelled dominance or aggression when it's merely a lack of socialisation and inability to communicate with other dogs. They may find that your dog is acting normally and that you would be a suitable foster for a female shepherd. Worth a shot I would think. :)

April 15th, 2007, 03:00 PM
Thank you so much for the advice. I'm going to contact GSR in Toronto.
I hope that Joshie will accept a new addition to our family.

April 15th, 2007, 03:23 PM
When we adopted Sheba (thank you, Frenchy!) we had her here at our place with Dani to see how Dani would react. Being the first dog, it was her right to refuse an intrusion :) but neither of them are dominant nor agressive, so there was not the slightest growl, lowered tail or raised hairs. Dani is a reserved dog, plays with other dogs but not overly much so. Sheba is a people-dog (prefering human company).

Then we wanted a kitten, and brought both dogs to the vet hospital in Hudson to see how they would react to THAT! All three animals lose in a room (with a caged dog in one corner and a caged old cat in another :) ) and again, no raised hairs, no bushy cat-tails, no hissing or growling ... and we brought Misti home.

I have often had multiples (cats and dogs) and never worried about reactions from one or the other. Normally, if the human boss is calm and not worried or nervous about the encounter, the animals will pick up on that and not be worried either.

Sure, I keep an eye on the "zoo" for a few days, up to a week, but I normally leave them be to figure out a modus vivendi for themselves. I've never ever had any trouble with use of teeth or claws to any extent at all (one exception :) when my Hovawart puppy mistook the Aridale's "appendice" for his mom's teets... he was understandibly given a nip on the ear which caused a few drops of blood to fall on the floor).

A calm rescue might be a good solution for you. Good luck :fingerscr

April 15th, 2007, 05:43 PM
I think until all your worries about how he will react have subsided (ie. until you get him under control with the agression and protectiveness) its probably not a good idea to bring another dog into the picture.

April 20th, 2007, 07:27 PM
I think until all your worries about how he will react have subsided (ie. until you get him under control with the agression and protectiveness) its probably not a good idea to bring another dog into the picture.

I have to agree with this.

You are having "dog" issues with him now,and trying to avoid other dogs on walks,bringing another dog into the house will cause major problems,not fix them.:)

You need to deal with his issues first before bringing another dog into the house.

How much socializing with dogs has he had?

I would suggest calling a trainer.

April 21st, 2007, 01:19 PM
You are right, bringing a new dog may cause even more problems.
He is not really agressive dog, at least in doggy park he just keeps to himself most of the time or running after me. He is very much people dog, prefer humans to dogs any time. I hope that he still has too much puppy in him and maybe by 4 years old he'll calm down a bit.
There is another problem and feeling of guilt on my part. We both working all day and i know that Joshie doesn't have enough exercise. Maybe it is not a good idea to bring another dog for the "working full-time" household.
I was just thinking that it probably better for dog than stay at shelter or worse...
I am going to work with Joshie, give him some more time and hopefully we can help some nice girl to find a home.

April 22nd, 2007, 08:53 PM
Yes,keep working with him.

I wouldn't say he has too much puppy in him.He needs to burn off his energy.You did say that you and your husband work all day and he doesn't get much exercise.If a dog doesn't get enough exercise,then the energy builds up.And this breed needs alot of exercise.I have raised 3 of them.They are a breed close to my heart.My current GSD is 11.

He needs to learn to be around other dogs if you want to bring another into your home.I would still talk to a trainer.:)