Dog misbehavior ... introduced second dog
June 4, 2013 7:01 AM Subscribe
I have an 8 yr old American Staffordshire (LAILA), I adopted her at 2 years old (she had a past of abuse/neglect). She is an amazing dog but since I got her when I would leave sometimes she would chew anything in sight ...this behavior stopped finally once I worked with her and she started to become more confident in herself/me. Now, the only time she misbehaves is when another dog is introduced into the picture, and I can't get her to stop.
posted by love2much to Pets & Animals (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
If a friend brings a dog with them, I cant leave them out together, and even if I seperate them she will chew the couch or pillows out of frustration I am assuming. I don't know what my best approach is. I adopted a 2 year old chocolate lab (SUGAR) and did all the basic introducing techniques. I kept them contained to half of the house out together but I would come home to a shredded carpet or chewed table corners (all damage caused by LAILA), shredded dog beds, etc. So, I decided to let Laila roam her regular area while gating off Sugar in his own room but still allowing them to see/smell each other. I still now come home to chewed carpets and anything else by Laila. She loves her crate but I am gone at work for 9-10 hours and that is way too long to crate. I am very busy so I try my best to walk her or spend extra time with her but I wonder if this is just never going to change with her age and past. Is it better to leave them out together and keep them to a confined area where they can't damage much? Anyone have any suggestions would be great. Thank you!