Resident Evil: Introducing a New Dog to a Grumpy Older Dog

Yesterday I said Moose had a good temperament. Well, the fangs started flashing when I took him for a walk with our resident dog.

Lilli is a cocker spaniel and is used to having the run of the house. Moose is a monster, mixed breed but he looks for all the world like a Dutch Shepherd. After a cordial introduction the two have begun to scuffle. Lilli may be the instigator but now she is terrorized.

I want to make this work but there are a lot of complex dynamics going on.

Here’s what I’ve learned so far–

1. I need to be in position as pack leader. Outside Magazine

2. I can’t be the pack leader if I can’t create a safe, secure environment for each of the dogs. Dog Whisperer.

This is going to be a big change for me. I’m more comfortable acting as a consultant than as a pack leader.

I have a feeling the dogs are going to require a little more commitment.

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