A Puppy Compromise

Remember back when Ushi first came home? Well if you don’t, let me refresh your memories…

We had a pet dog called Sally fo a couple of years. She was a boxer/staffordshire cross. This meant that she was very very boysterous to ahndle, and generally not too good to take for walks etc. When Ushi first came home we hoped we could mix them okay.

We tried introducing them on lead in the garden, then off lead. That didn’t work at all, and Ushi just wanted to hide. We even tried taking them to a park, but that wasn’t successful either. The decider was the next day, when Ushi
Got a puncture wound for her trouble
From Sally. I wasn’t comfy with having Sally around, and mum agreed that that wasn’t practical. So Sally found a new home.

Mum had said to my little brother that once Ushi was settled that she would get a puppy for him. He was thrilled about that. However he soon got bored of doing things like grooming Ushi, and never mentioned the pup again. That was until last week.

We had a major discussion about why it wasn’t a good idea to get the pup now, and that when Ushi was an adult dog, we could consider it.

Mum then started saying about how much she would love a pup. I tried to explain to her that it would probably be good to wait at least a year to give Ushi time to really settle in, and just to make sure things were right. Also I was told by the instructors that if I got the pup too soon, it could mess up Ushi’s spending routine, in that if, say, she smelt pee on the carpet, that she could be likely to do it. My arguments seemed to fall on deaf ears though.

My aunt who died of cancer a couple of months ago had a little dog. She lived with my granny, but now that my aunt had passed, granny felt she couldn’t cope with the dog any more. She tried looking for a home, but because she is an older dog nobody would take her. My dad asked if we would like to take her. I said I didn’t mind, as long as we could introduce the pair of them (Ushi and the dog) to make sure they were okay. We talked it over with mum, and she says that she will take her. This means that puppy gets put off for a while, at least which gives Ushi the most opportunity to get settled, and there is probably less likelyhood of her spending being messed up.

So someday this week, I will take Ushi down to grannies and introduce the two dogs. From what I remember this dog isn’t too boysterous which is good. The dog is called “Ash”, as she is black. She is a black springer type. She is 12 years old, but is in pritty good health. She does get the odd ear infection, but apart from that, she is grand.

I’m hoping that the two of them will get along. I wouldn’t want my brother getting his hopes up for it not to work. As the dog is quite old it shouldn’t really bother with Ushi, and shouldn’t be much of a distraction.

I’ll let you know how it goes, and let’s pray that the mix is successful! I want it to be as much of a stress free experience as possible. Anything I should do apart from introducing them first? Was planning to walk Ushi down with the halty on, then take that off in the house, introduce on lead, and then if that is successful, maybe let her off? If that is successful, and she isn’t too boysterous for Ushi, then she comes home.

Thanks for any suggestions, and i’ll keep you posted!

Oh and almost forgot…. On a side note:
My friend
Carlie
Got Tia the cat back home the other day. They still aren’t any closer to finding out what the bug is, but I want to let you know of a compitition they have been doing. They got a supply of
Soft claws,
Which are little plastic things that slip over a cats claws, to stop them scratching you/ the furniture/other people/themselves. They don’t hurt a cat as they just slip over the claws. I think there are “Soft paws” for dogs too.

On the blog, Tia the cat sets different chalenges every week for you to win a packet. All you have to do is visit the website they put up for that particular compitition, describe something you have done, for instance, pick your size of claws or paws, and head back to
Her blog
And leave a comment with the answer to whatever chalenge it is plus your size and colour. It couldn’t be simpler!

They are taking a break from the compitition for a couple of weeks as they weren’t having much interest. So please use this time to spread the word, and do come back to
Carlies blog
After christmas to enter the compitition. You’ll get more visitors, plus a packet of soft claws if you win!

Thanks, and I know she would appreciate this!

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5 Comments on “A Puppy Compromise”

  1. Jen says:

    Hey! Sounds like a good compromise to me.I'd introduce the dogs on neutral territory though, not in Ash's house or Ushi's. Even the garden would be better than inside the house. Keep them on leads for a while until they are happy and relaxed with each other. Then when they are you should try them in both houses. Just because one dog isn't territorial doesn't mean that the other one won't be. You could do this over a few days to make it less stressful.Maybe they will be fine straight away, but that's just how I'd do it anyway. Hope that helps.Jen xx

  2. Tia says:

    Tori, the one thing to bear in mind, says my human, is that Ushi is younger, so she says she wouldn't be worrying terribly about the other dogface being too boisterous. Ushi will learn to cope with it. Introductions on neutral territory are always best. Go with your gut instinct. If it doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Dogs do need time to settle in, yes, but it's more time with the owner that they need. If a new pup comes into the house, it may mess up her spending, yes, but it may also give her another little playmate. Bear this in mind.Ok, now that the human bit is done, here's my advice. Get a kitten. They're much more fun than dogfaces and they don't stink as bad. Also, they aren't as slobbery and they will share food, where dogfaces won't. They cuddle better too. Just my thinkin.Thanks so much for sending peoples to visit us! Even if they do own dogfaces.

  3. Torie says:

    Jeniffer I was planning to do that anyway. That was what we did with Sally anyway. Plus Sally wasn't socialised as a pup before we got her. That probably was why she was so boysterous. We introduced them on lead, then off lead, but Ushi didn't like it at all. She would be quite submissive.Tia it's no trouble! It might help get you some more visitors.I can't get a kitten-my sister is alergic to them! Sorry :(. Anyhow i will take her down over the weekend.Take care, and hope you get some more people reading! Xxx.

  4. Michelle says:

    Hi Torie, I'd introduce the dogs on nutral territory. I'd give them a month of playing at least once or twice a week, but in the same area each time so they get used to each other. Take a bag of treats with you so when Ushi is playing with the other dog, she'll see that you're ready with rewards for her good behaviour. I'd try something of the like for at least four weeks before attempting any closer contact between the two dogs. Ushi will be fine, just keep the other dog out of sight when she's doing her business. Maybe keep an alarm clock with you? It might seem strange at first, but at least you'll be able to keep the same spending times for her, and she might learn that alarm sound equals toilet! The other dog could learn too, but all the same, keep it separate from Ushi while you're keeping her regular routine, that way the new dog will learn that Ushi and the dog have two different routines and will eventually learn to cope with their differences. Hey, they might become good friends you know!Michelle

  5. Torie says:

    Hey michelle. Unfortunately granny wants the dog rehomed as quickly as possible. So maybe the month long thing wouldn't really be an option.I was planning to keep the two dogs routines separate. That way nobody gets confused. I want ushi's routine to be as uninterrupted as possible. Her routine is the most important.Thanks so much for the feedback.Xxx


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