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How to introduce large dog to the terrorists

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by kittysoo, May 20, 2010.


  1. kittysoo

    kittysoo PetForums Member

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    Hello all

    To sum up l have 3 out of control 2 year old terriers. Two boys and a girl. All a work in progress - good in some departments - very bad in others. If you look at my posts you'll see what l mean :eek:(

    Anyway to cut a long story short - a family member's circumstances have changed and she can no longer keep her GSD bitch aged 5. We have agreed to take her on as have GSDs before. From what l gather she is very well socialised and great with people, other dogs and children as has a house that has people visiting a lot.

    Anyway we are going to collect her soon and l just want to have the first meeting of the dogs to go well as it's a major thing.

    I usually take the dogs to a field and throw balls for them while we walk around it. My plan is to take the GSD to the field after the long journey to have trot around on a long traiing lead to let her have a stretch. In the meantime my husband will go and pick up the other 3. I will then put the GSD in my daughters car with her and then walk the others tiring them out.

    My first plan is to get my husband to walk ahead with the GSD and l put my three on their leads and sort of catch him up and try and walk along side for a while, gradually getting nearer.

    My alternative plan is to introduce each dog one at a time to the GSD before doing the above walk.

    Finally all the dogs will have to come home (in 2 cars at first - cant risk a fight in a contained space). Then will get the GSD out and have her held on the path and then get the others out and all follow each other into the house.

    It sounds good to me but thats because l want it to be so.

    Any advice would be a great help.
     
  2. PoisonGirl

    PoisonGirl Banned

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    Seems like you have thought it through well, definitely having them a walk first to get rid of a bit of that energy :)

    I would avoid confrontation, like getting them to meet eachother individually though, the walking and gradually catching up sounds better, might be easier to do it one terror at a time, 3 might be a bit of a handful and keep turning to try and go see the gsd.
    Maybe catching up so you are at the same level, but leave some distance between you and the other dog, and have your partner reward for being calm.

    Hope it goes well! :)
     
  3. kittysoo

    kittysoo PetForums Member

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    thanx Poison Girl - l will take that on board, Found out tonight that we pick our new girl up on Sunday!

    PS My little Grandson was 8 weeks early. He is 2 now and a strapping boy and into everything. Hang on in there with yout little girl xxx :thumbup:
     
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