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post #1 of 14 Old 01-12-2012, 02:27 AM Thread Starter
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Need help introducing new dog into home.

I have 2 black labs and a mastiff. I brought home a great Pyrenees/lab mix today and they do NOT get along with the new dog. I introduced them outside 1 by 1 and it's just not going well. The new dog has no problems and wants to play etc.. but when he is growled at he growls back and it blows up into havoc with all of them. I don't want to have to give this new dog away because he is my dream dog any help would be very appreciated.
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post #2 of 14 Old 01-12-2012, 03:17 AM
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Let them crack on. So long as it doesn't get to the point where they're literally ripping chunks off each other, they're just getting their pack sorted, new guy will probably be the bottom for a while.

Every time we have bought a new dog in to the home, or a friend's dog comes over, our matriach Sorrel wants NOTHING to do with them, and it usually takes a week for them to settle.

I would ignore the three of them until they sort it out. Growling and snapping is fine, but if they're going in to harm, watch the teeth, don't listen as they sometimes make horrific noises, then you need to think about rehoming the new dog.
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post #3 of 14 Old 01-12-2012, 09:00 AM
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could you put a muzzle on all of them and let one on one loose in a backyard or something. That way they can't bite but they can have there own interactions...
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post #4 of 14 Old 01-12-2012, 11:11 AM
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I think the muzzle is a good idea. I work at a dog kennel and every-time we add another dog it's havoc as they figure out the 'pack order'. If there is a dog that we think will be causing a problem we keep him on a leash until it all calms down. Once they get used to each other (when they're all loose together takes about five minutes normally depending on the energy level of the new dog) though it calms down a great deal.

Sometimes if you have the option, taking them on a walk together (even if they have different people leading them) helps them to see each-other without getting too focused on the 'new dog' because they have a job. Sort of like a pack walk.

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post #5 of 14 Old 01-12-2012, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you guys for the suggestions. I just let them at it this morning. The 2 labs are okay with it for the most part now. A few growls here and there. The mastiff (pack leader) I think is in shock because the new dog stood up to her. She ignores him now but he put her to the ground. The mastiff is old she is 12. I keep her inside most of the day and the other are outside.
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Well as a guy who has 6 dogs and has had packs of hunting dogs for 18 years, I think the advice above sucks. The problem is that you have dogs who think they are the alpha dogs. Probably males but I personally think a bad female can be worse. You need to be the alpha female and let them know who is in charge. A muzzle doesn't do anything but prolong the inevitable. Letting them fight it out causes more problems than it's worth in the long run. Not to mention vet bills. These aren't horses and a dog can do alot of damage in a hurry. One bite to the wrong spot could permanently hurt one of them. I would keep a switch or riding crop and as soon as ANY of them showed aggressive behaviour towards the other I'd use it. I'm not talking about a beating. But enough to let them know YOU'RE in charge and any new members of the pack that you introduce are to be accepted. I'd also make sure you can feed them together in the same manner or you'll have a big fight when your back is turned and may have vet bills or worse, a dead dog. Some dogs just won't ever get along. I've seen it a few times. They can build a hatred for each other. In which case you'll have to get rid of one.
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the new dog is protective over his food. The people we ot him from said he wasnt but he will growl when one of the other dogs gets near. I'm going to have to feed them separately and keep the food put up
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the new dog is protective over his food. The people we ot him from said he wasnt but he will growl when one of the other dogs gets near. I'm going to have to feed them separately and keep the food put up

Good, until they find something in the yard they think is food and decide to kill each other over it. It's best to fix the behaviour.

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I am correcting the behavior don't get me wrong I'm not ignoring it. I'm always out side with them anyways and when I'm not I plan on seperating them for a good long while
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I would keep a switch or riding crop and as soon as ANY of them showed aggressive behaviour towards the other I'd use it. I'm not talking about a beating. But enough to let them know YOU'RE in charge and any new members of the pack that you introduce are to be accepted.
I don't quite agree with that :\ I'm not 'all natural' with dog training but I think with proper training and exercise for all dogs you shouldn't have to put your dogs in a situation where you would have to use a crop or switch to physically get them off of each other. Especially if you are there to supervise you should be able to read dog behaviors well enough to stop a potential fight before it even begins.

I agree the dogs should know the 'leader' is the owner, but there are other ways of doing that without a crop. Proper training and discipline go a long ways.

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