Hello ladies and gents,
I have a big problem. As you saw by the puppy pictures, I have a new little guy. He will be 2 months old this week. He is a Bichon/Maltese cross. I currently have an 8 year old, male Maltese cross. My issue comes with my 8 yr old not adjusting at all to the puppy.
Let me describe the setting they are in. They share half of the first floor (as it is tiled). Rocky(the 8 yr old) has his own house and his own litter box. He also owns his own toys and feeding bowls.
The puppy sleeps in his kennel and also has his own litter box(found out on day 1 the older dog didnt want to go to the bathroom in a shared litter box, so they each have their own).
Rocky spends his entire day in his house and won't come out to see me or the dog. If he comes out to go to the bathroom, the puppy will start chasing him and he has been quite good at not growling at him or attacking him, tho when the puppy gets near his house, Rocky defends his territory(which is understandable).
Rocky has been the single dog of the house his entire life. He did always have(up until 3 months ago) a cat he was friends with. It was the same issue with the cat, tho within 2-3 days he adjusted and he would befriend the cat in no time. They would spend the day paying together.
What can I do to get my older dog to come out and start socializing? This puppy was meant to keep company and be Rocky's play buddy. I did not realize that I would ever have this problem. This puppy has been here for 4 days now and there no changes in Rocky's behavior.
I am debating if more time or a specific method of training would get us over this issue, or if Rocky will simply never adjust to a buddy of his own kind.
I don't want to let this puppy go, but I might have to if I can't correct this problem. All help and advice welcome.