Re: BREMBO - 14wks - 1st Puppy Play Date - NOT GOOD
Thanks! And thanks for the tips. Didn't learn about answering door with the dog, but that's a great idea! Regarding the new dog today, see below.
Originally Posted by thesspa
I completely agree. My vet asked that I don't take him on walks until he's around 4 months old due to his immune system being more susceptible than other dogs his age. She says she's seen so many mistakes with young bulldogs that she is probably overly-cautious, but better safe than sorry.
Originally Posted by TheLost
I was going to try introducing him next at my Aunt's house, but maybe a more neutral side WOULD work.
Her reasoning for doing this was so as to allow her dog to get more comfortable in the immediate surroundings. As her dog is usually very outgoing and curious, the fact that she was acting the complete opposite was VERY peculiar. By giving her free reign of Brembo's area, she could become comfortable with his smells.
Originally Posted by Davidh
I don't know, sounded like a good idea at the time. Brembo was forced to see another dog in his house, which in turn could have reduced his territorial drive --- IF that's what he was even exhibiting, which I am not sure it was.
Haha my thoughts exactly!!!
Originally Posted by JAKEISGREAT
Originally Posted by 2BullyMama
Originally Posted by Corlando465
Originally Posted by bulldog family
I tried playing with him A LOT before the poodle came because I wanted to tire him out, but like I said that's his 'witching hour' I guess, so he was riled up.
Originally Posted by Vicaroo1000
In terms of disagreeing with behavior I don't want, how would you suggest I stop his barking, lunging, etc.? I can't for the life of me teach him to lay down; teaching him to sit when there is lots of activity can only be done by pushing down his rear.
As he's getting bigger by the minute I want to be able to stop these things before they become common practice.
So my friend's bigger dog, Chase, came over yesterday...
He's a rescue, has a slender yet solid build and is only about 8 months old. He's NEVER met a dog that's younger than he, so we didnt' know how he or Brembo would react.
In similar fashion to the experience with the poodle, Chase was very standoffish and a bit conservative. Usually he's very outgoing, romping around and what not, but in this case he was very collected and stiff in his communication.
Brembo on the other hand, oh what fun!! As my friend isn't as nervous about his dog as my Aunt, both dogs were off leash and were free to play, inspect, discover, whatever you want to call it (at one point Brembos entire head was between Chase's rear legs ). Brembo immediately took to the new dog, encouraging him to play by playfully biting his tail, jumping up, and barking.
Chase was either not enjoying it or being VERY cautious. On occassion he would snap at Brembo quickly, letting him know that maybe he wasn't ready to play yet. He wouldn't even take any treats from me (and he usually eats everything!!) This didn't stop Brembo from following Chase around everywhere trying to elicit play. I do not think that Brembo was acting territorial in the slightest. There was no growling, hissing, or defensive behavior. He was bounding around happy and excited!!
Towards the end of the session Chase appeared to be getting more relaxed around him, but Brembo was still a bit too playful and would constantly annoy Chase to the point where Chase had to warn him.
Is it bad that I wasn't bothered by Chase snapping at Brembo? I felt like Brembo, being a puppy, needs too learn when he's playing too aggressively for the other dog.
Anyway so while this new play session went much better than the first, I am still not convinced nor am completely clear on how to handle it. Should I make every introduction at a neutral site? I am nervous to bring him out anywhere due to my vet asking me to keep him around my back yard until he's 4-5mo's. Can I continue to bring other dogs over and praise them both when they have positive interactions?
Thanks so much for reading and helping me through this process and others!!!