Introducing small dog to 13 year old bull terrier

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crystalbetty Sun 30-Sep-18 16:13:10

Hiya,

So me and my partner are wanting to introduce our dogs with a view to having them in the same house together. He has a 13 year old English Bull Terrier who hasn't had a lot of socialisation so we don't really know how she will react. I have a 4 year old pug/shi tzu cross- she is good with other dogs and has been socialised but is sometimes a bit timid with dogs a lot bigger than her. So how do we go about doing this? I'm assuming we do it gradually and on neutral territory like a park neither has been to before but would love some help with figuring out what is the best way!

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LEMtheoriginal Sun 30-Sep-18 17:05:28

This is quite difficult. Obviously with the BT being such a strong and powerful dog.

How is she generally with other dogs when she meets them outside?

Some dogs can react negatively when on a lead also so this may not be a good guage.

You cannot predict it. I have two dogs. One can be an utter bastard with other dogs so when we introduced the second it was a worry at first.

They got on absolutely fine from the beginning but there have been some scraps that ive had to separate. However they are equal sized and only small so it is a worry with such a powerful breed.

I think you need to do the neutral thing and watch them like hawks.

crystalbetty Sun 30-Sep-18 17:49:08

The BT doesn't bark at other dogs in the park etc but she has been attacked by another dog before which means she is wary. Do you think being on lead would make things worse? The BT hasn't been around other dogs on a walk off lead before you see.

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LEMtheoriginal Sun 30-Sep-18 17:56:58

It can do but usually comes if one dog is very overbearing. Have you taken them on a walk together? Harness for the litte one so you can hoik her up and out of the way if things kuck off. It sounds like the bt temperament is pretty stable and she is an old girie so less likely to be a BT loon. Absolutely love them but they are cerrrazy grin

crystalbetty Sun 30-Sep-18 18:01:16

Haven't walked them together yet as want to make sure we introduce them properly. Little one wears a harness anyway so that would work. And yes am hoping because BT is an old girl she less likely to feel threatened and aggressive to tiny dog.

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