Possessive dog and getting another - bad idea?(3 Posts)
Anchovies12 Mon 20-Jan-20 19:33:04
AvocadosBeforeMortgages Mon 20-Jan-20 22:45:36
Floralnomad Tue 21-Jan-20 09:17:08
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We had 2 dogs up until about 5 years ago when our older dog died. We got the 2nd dog as a rescue collie x lab puppy and she was firmly attached to her pal, well trained and sociable. She is now almost 8 and is pretty grumpy with other dogs, she doesnt play with them, preferring to be with us. We have thought for a long time about another rescue and we are meeting a 5 year old lab x on Saturday.
Today we were in the park when another young dog bounded over to dd and I. Our dog was fine off her lead near him until he came close to dd and then was suddenly very aggressive, she snarled and snapped at him.
I am now panicking that she is going to really struggle with us getting another dog. Maybe she would just be better on her own? Has anyone got any thoughts as to whether this is a terrible idea or whether it could all work out ok?
I would engage professional support from day 1, to try and get things off to the best start.
I would, however, question what you hope to gain from a second DDog - whose benefit is it for?
Sounds to me like your dog is happy as an only dog so I don’t think I’d be introducing potential problems .