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    Here we go..

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    Emma was with her friend yesterday so we ended up at the San Diego SPCA. Ya. Came home with a pup.

    We spent a couple hours there and really asked questions about this one, I was pretty gunshy after Lily. We ended up bringing home a 4 month old Dachshund mix. They found her on the side of the road and have been treating her for a few different things since. She's finally got a clean bill of health and so she went up for adoption. Madison is rough, and we were curious how the pup would respond. Not only did she NOT bite, snap or growl at Maddie when she pulled too hard, but she just started running from her until she was ready. Then she'd go to Maddie and they'd roll around while the puppy licked all over her face. It was amazing. The pup would take herself out of stressful situations until she was calm and then go back and play.

    The adoption counselor/behavioral specialist felt like she would be a good match, so we took her home. Abbey went nuts wanting to say hi, which freaked her out. We took them int he front yard for a while and they were ok, still feeling each other out, but no snapping or biting.

    This morning, Gracie (named by Emma) started snapping and barking at Abbey. If she gets too close, Gracie will yelp and kind of bark while backing away. I know it hasn't even been 24 hours, but I want to fix this before it has the chance to manifest.

    Any ideas? We have a really awesome trainer in the area that we'll be taking the both of them to, but we'd like to make sure we're doing the right things at home.



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    The ASPCA has a good article on introducing two dogs. I think the ship has sailed on some of it (like having the first meeting on neutral territory etc.) but there's also advice for how to handle the first few weeks at home too.

    ASPCA | Introducing Your Dog to a New Dog

    Congratulations on the new doggy!
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    Thank you! I'll start reading this now!

    I'm just happy they aren't attacking each other. At this point, they don't seem to care one way or the next, which is so much better than what it could be.



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    I went out and got both dogs new toys, so there wouldn't be any issues with the ones Abbey had already. Gracie is doing a bit of whining when I'm doing something other than playing with her though...Abbey never did that. Could it be nerves?



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