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    So, we will be bringing home Ryder in 4 weeks - My parents have a dog (Hank). Mike's mom has a dog (Dozer). I'm totally comfortable with Dozer meeting Ryder, but I am not comfortable with Hank meeting Ryder. Hank seems to be a very jealous dog. He's also territorial, his spot is his spot, everything is his, according to him. He just doesn't do well with other dogs, but my parents want us to bring him over when we visit, so that way, Ryder will be socialized around people along with dogs at the same time. What is the best way for him to meet Ryder? He is a Beagle/Terrier mix, only 27 lbs. I love him, but he is just a devil sometimes!
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    If you know Hank is territorial, bringing your pup to HIS house right off the bat might not be the best idea. I would recommend introducing the dogs LEASHED on a neutral territory - somewhere Hank doesn't claim as his own, maybe a park that he hasn't been to before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justine View Post
    If you know Hank is territorial, bringing your pup to HIS house right off the bat might not be the best idea. I would recommend introducing the dogs LEASHED on a neutral territory - somewhere Hank doesn't claim as his own, maybe a park that he hasn't been to before.
    agree, if he is generally protective of his home I would not bring the puppy there. I also wouldn't want this to be one of the puppie's first encounters, I'd opt to have a few friendly encounters with various dogs before trying this dog.
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    I agree. I am going to have my parents come over and bring Hank to MY house where Ryder will be. I think that's the best way to do it, including front yard or backyard. Hank just has major attitude when it comes to other dogs, I think it's mostly because my parents didn't raise him around other dogs.
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    If Hank is territorial as well as has attitude towards other dogs, does this translate to aggressive behaviour? If it does, then why expose your new pup to him at all? I think you want to evaluate the risks and if there is a chance of aggression, then perhaps the parents need to leave their dog at home. Pups go through various stages of fear impression and I don't think you want to risk having a fearful puppy just because your parents want it. You can probably socialize your pup around plenty of social dogs in other venues (like puppy classes or play dates with dogs who are well socialized and tolerant of pups).

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    He does not have aggressive behavior, it only last a short while. Once he learns the other dog means no harm, nothing. He'll stop and be nice and friendly. He will play. My brother's girlfriend has a 11 month old Masttiff puppy - they brought him over, there was a issue or two, but the more often he came over, Hank adjusted and he is fine with another dog in the house. He has always been that way since he was a puppy. He just doesn't KNOW how to socialize with other dogs, that's all. Otherwise, he's a sweet boy, very loving. I want to bring Ryder over because they're my parents. They're my family. I want Ryder to KNOW them as well.
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    Also, I think I may just do a park and have them meet on neutral ground. But I honestly didn't think it would be a issue since Ryder would be 8 weeks old? Forgive me if I thought it wasn't.
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    I think you will just want to watch out for your pup.. You don't really know how Hank will react to your pup and you don't want Hank to traumatize your puppy. That could potentially take a LONG time to undo if Hank isn't nice to him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justine View Post
    I think you will just want to watch out for your pup.. You don't really know how Hank will react to your pup and you don't want Hank to traumatize your puppy. That could potentially take a LONG time to undo if Hank isn't nice to him.
    I will. I won't let anything happen to him. It's true, I don't know how Hank will react. I know he won't be happy. He sort of became "my dog" after I moved back home from college, so he just likes having ONLY ME, no one else. Then I moved out, so Hank just has my parents now. He is now more of my dad's dog. He actually didn't like Mike at first, but he adjusted and now he does. I just don't know. Hank is just one of those dogs I don't trust around babies/young kids. So would you suggest to wait until Ryder is older, or meet on neutral grounds? It would be in December/January, so obviously it would be COLD outside!

    I'm going to admit this. When my brother's girlfriend brought Thor over last weekend, Hank was fine. Zero issues for a day then the next day, Hank was next to me on the couch and Thor walked up and he started growling and wanted Thor to back off. Hank wanted ONLY me. Second time was when Hank was curled up in his favorite spot under the blanket in the corner of the living room, Thor went over to sniff and explore around the room as usual, then Hank snarled and snapped at him under the blanket and Thor backed off. Then again I was next to him too. Is he just being protective of me or something? He hates it when Thor comes up to me and just sits there. Every time he does, Hank comes running and sits next to me or on my lap in between us. Thor does NOTHING to aggravate him. So I don't understand. I just wish he'd just know it's OK to be nice to other dogs, don't be so mean. This is a picture of them - just keeping a distance away from each other - I can tell how Hank is feeling and he isn't happy.

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    Not all dogs like other dogs. It's something you have to recognize and work with and manage. My black lab is hit or miss with other dogs his own size, yet he loves small dogs. He also doesn't like puppies. These are things that I recognize and try to work with him on. But mostly I have to manage it by avoiding situations that will make him uncomfortable. If Hank is showing that he is reactive towards other dogs, then it might be best not to introduce the pup to him until he is older and more confident. As mentioned, you don't want the pup to become fearful of other dogs, as that can become a life long issue that can be hard to undo.

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