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Discussion in 'General Dog Forum' started by Matthew Wright, Nov 20, 2020.

  1. Matthew Wright

    Matthew Wright New Member Registered

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    Hello, after some advice. We have been asked to re-home a 6 month old Jack Russel with our 10 year old Jack. The concern is the pup hasn’t got on with another dog in its current home. But...... the pup hasn’t been trained, is kept in a crate most of the day and is a bitch with a bitch. My dog is a male and we’ll trained but don’t want to take a new dog in and then move it on again if forced to. Any advice would be great.
     
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    Can you agree a trial period?
     
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    At that age, so young...my concern is not of that the pup didn't 'get on'....but the other dog didn't get on with the pup. Pups are hand full even after when they've been given all the stimulation, play session etc. but if it is been kept in cage a lot..then there is A LOT of unused steam in it that when left out from the cage...it will be situation 'tornado released'. It is hard for the humans to cope with, never mind with other older dogs!
    It certainly would be a work out for you to take on and start from 'scratch' to train that pup and get it under control...quite likely doable, but will your Jack like the company?
     
  5. Matthew Wright

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    That is the big question, my dog is quite good with other dogs in our house and out walking but has essentially been the only dog in our house for some time. I’m not sure how he’d adjust to another dog permanently moving in. Thanks for your help.
     
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    Yes, that was my initial suggestion. I thought a month would be a good length of time to properly give them both a chance, what would you advise? The current owner suggested two weeks.
     
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    I think a month - in the first two weeks you might not see true behaviour.
     
  8. Matthew Wright

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    Thanks, I think we will go for that. Just spoken to a dog therapist who has given us some additional advice to support the process.
     
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    My advice - just say no. This isn't your circus/your monkey, and you will really upset your own dog for an indefinite period of time, quite possibly for good. Long years of experience indicates that those people, problem passed on, will get another dog soon after you disrupt your life and your dog's.

    Suggest they get a behaviourist in, if you want to be helpful. They will then learn what they need to learn, and your dog's life will not be made difficult.
     

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