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PostSubject: New 8 week puppy and small senior Dog/Cat   Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:25 am

Hello! I recently just adopted an 8-week old husky puppy named Bella. We also have a 10-year-old cockapoo who is not quite as socialized as we would like. We also have a 16-year-old cat who has been minding her own business upstairs.

I have noticed that the senior dog has been good about playing until recently where it looks like she is getting territorial. I am nervous because I am thinking about the future of when Bella becomes full grown and will not like the senior dog making growls at her.

I have heard that it is good to have the older dog do this who teach the puppy what is good and not. But I am getting nervous about the Husky becoming too aggressive with our senior cat and dog.

Does anyone have any tips/tricks to make sure that Bella grows up to not want to cause any harm to our other animals?

Thank you!
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PostSubject: Re: New 8 week puppy and small senior Dog/Cat   Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:52 pm

Huskies play rough. It's important for the other animals in the house to set their boundaries and for you to as well. If you think she's being too rough distract her with a toy, make her work on tricks, something to break her intensity and give your other animals a break. Never let her chase the cat and make sure the cat has a sanctuary to go to Bella can't get to. The older dog will most likely correct her before long and it's usually a good education that sticks. Just monitor to make sure it doesn't get out of hand. They will get used to each other in time and all should be good.

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PostSubject: Re: New 8 week puppy and small senior Dog/Cat   Sat Dec 16, 2017 7:52 pm

This is a great discussion. Jenn, your statement on sanctuary is one I'm working on for Christmas. The elder Corgi stays in my son's area when they visit and has an alternate schedule for the yard and porch. Grant has learned to lie down and let her pass.

Corgi girl doesn't want to play with him. I sometimes wish things were different, but they didn't grow up together, and their personalities and play styles don't match. As you said, Huskies play rough.

All the best with Bella, bballbabe1855. Smile
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