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We rescued a dog and he arrived yesterday. I followed all the advice, he's smaller, male, neutered and not aggressive at all. Our current dog - a female lab is a totla wimp bless her, and I am worried that sheis being too sbumissve? How can I help her establish herself as topdog - or at least not to lie there looking worried to death? I can rehome the new dog if necessary, but he's lovely and I don't want to rush to conclusions just after one day!

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I'm no expert but would suggest just give it time, it will of been an upheaval and strange new situation for both of your dogs, once they have both got used to the situation I'm sure they will sort things out between themselves.
 

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HI there

We rescued a dog and he arrived yesterday. I followed all the advice, he's smaller, male, neutered and not aggressive at all. Our current dog - a female lab is a totla wimp bless her, and I am worried that sheis being too sbumissve? How can I help her establish herself as topdog - or at least not to lie there looking worried to death? I can rehome the new dog if necessary, but he's lovely and I don't want to rush to conclusions just after one day!

Any help gratefully received.
As long as he is not being agressive and driving her mad then I wouldnt immediately start worrying. Unless dogs are badly socialised or have agressive/ behavioural problems then a male and a female should be pretty tolerant of each other in the main and usually apart from a bit of verbal and maybe a little posturing dont usually fight, like two same sexes can sometimes.

They are going to take awhile to get used to sharing each others space. Dogs often do two things when a new one comes, either totally ignore the new one and wont entertain them at all walk off and turn their backs on them, or they may growl and air snap and even chase the new one off. Either is a way of making boundaries and making sure the new dog gives them space. You should find once they have worked each other out and the new one doesnt invade her space she will likely show more interest in him, allow him to be nearer her and then eventually play. The best thing usually as long as he isnt driving her mad and keeping on at her, neither are showing any agression etc, then just let them be, supervised of course. If she does tell him off, and he backs down and gives her space that in facts good, as long as he takes heed doesnt get agressive and heeds the warning. Obviously if he is jumping all over her, trying to play non stop and you can see she doesnt like it or is telling him off and he is carrying on regardless, then you need to step in and just sparate them to let him calm down.

Its early days yet and it can take a good while for dogs to settle. Just avoid things like, not letting him eye up and approach her food, sometimes its an idea not to leave toys and chews about either at first and only give supervised in case any bullying goes on over them, attentions another thing dont overfuss him when shes about at the moment, and if they are in confined spaces, make sure one doesnt feel trapped and wont jump over or pass the other. They can get exciteable with things like visitors coming and leads coming out for walks, so just make sure there is no pushing and shoving and competing there either.
They should settle down if given time.
 
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