Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
I guess I'm curious, redape--how have your 2 dogs reacted to other dogs, in the past? I know that my 2 dogs, who are devoted to each other, react differently to new dogs. "Rose" is friendly, but she's the alpha and she'll growl against an aggressive dog, but she won't start a fight bc she'd rather play with another dog. "Pyg" bristles with ANY new dog or new person. She's the beta--maybe even the omega bc she will back off while growling.
I have considered this since I intend to get another puppy in about 2 years, mostly bc mine are pretty much the same age, and I don't want to introduce another puppy to an aged dog. I waited too long with my GS/Collie cross, "Xena," and she passed away when Pyg was 3mo, and Rose was 9mo. Xena loved to play and would have really enjoyed a younger dog when she herself still could run and play with it.
USUALLY dogs, like horses, are nervous that their place in the "pack" and this includes YOU, will be diminished and that a new leader will make their lives miserable. Horses, when introducing a new one, imho, aren't concerned about you, but more concerned about pecking order and their food. I believe that they are more like cats, in this respect.
My DD says that "Pygma" doesn't exist when I'm out of the house. She springs back to life when I come home.