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This is still in the very early planning stages, and probably won't happen for a year or two but I like to be prepared! My girl Mimi is now 10 years old and has heart disease. She's doing well on her meds (touch wood!) but obviously she's not going to live forever. I am disabled and so my activity is limited, so getting a puppy is out of the question. I am thinking about getting a dog aged 3+, either from rescue or a breeder (specifics will come later), but I have some things I'd like to consult other more experienced chi keepers about!
1. Sex. I initially thought maybe a boy would be better, as boys tend to fall in love with Mimi and I have heard that girls can argue more. However I'm not sure if girls are calmer or not, and given my situation, it's important to get another dog that's calm and quiet.
2. Mimi can be a bit possessive of me. Sometimes she's quite happy to share me and the sofa with our 2 cats, but other times she certainly isn't! On 2 occasions now when the cats have approached us on the sofa, Mimi has growled and given warning bites. They haven't broken the cats' skin, but she's hung on! I am unsure if this means she is more likely or not to behave in a similar way towards another dog.
3. Mimi sleeps on my bed, and always has done. Obviously given this, any new dog would (at first at least) not sleep on the bed. How have you dealt with this, and introduced a newbie to the cuddle puddle?

Any advice would be appreciated on any or all of the above!
 

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I personally would get a male but I think a female could work. But things might just go easier with a male. How does she do around other females when introduced?
 

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Personally I haven't noticed a difference between how she behaves when introduced to boys or girls. I've found some dogs (most often chihuahuas) she warms to instantly and others she just tolerates. In our immediate neighbourhood she particularly likes Freddy (chi x yorkie boy) and Lola (shih tzu girl).
 

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I've got 3 girls. I am also disabled. They are house dogs, as we can't have fences in this condo association. One is 11, one is 9 and the 'baby' is now 5. Some breeders will let one of their mamas go, as long as they get a good home. One near me, told me that she gives up her breeders for the spaying fee! I have usually brought them in and put them in the pens I have, and let the others get used to the new comer. They were all puppies though. This time (if there is a new time) it won't be a puppy. I also have a dog with heart failure. The 11 year old is hanging on now for 3 years on heart medications. Good for you in 'planning' for the new one.
 

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I think that if she has 'bitten' the cats that she is not going to 'welcome' another dog on the bed. Maybe you could get a ferret carrier (smaller than a crate) and put the new pup in that on the bed. That way Mimi could get used to having a new dog on the bed, and yet the new dog would be safe.

Also if one of my chi's got aggressive while on my lap/bed they'd be put down on the floor pronto. Usually all they need is a voice correction. It is MY lap!! I get to decide who gets on and stays on. I now have a 9 year old female chi that is very jealous. She growls and lifts her lip at my cat. So far she can be stopped with a voice correction. Also the cat doesn't like the chi either! They tolerate each other, but also are aware of each other at all times!They will cross each others path, but watch carefully!
 

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Just a thought here. But how about allowing the new dog to get on the bed with Mimi seeing her to see that it's okay and needs to learn to share. Mimi doesn't even necessarily need to be on the bed until your comfortable enough.
None of my dogs sleep on my bed so I don't really have any experience/advice
 

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Thanks for the ideas! I think a crate on the bed is a good plan. I have a day bed with bars around 3 sides, so a crate would sit perfectly at the end of the bed. I've been doing some training with Mimi, and I think we're making progress. Right now my mum and I are on the sofa with Mimi and one of the cats, Kim. When I first sat down I had to apologise to Kim because I sat on him! He sat on my lap while I apologised and cuddled him. Mimi asked to come up on the sofa by scratching my legs, but I ignored her while I paid attention to Kim. As soon as she stopped and looked away I praised her for sharing, and a few moments later picked her up and put her on my lap. She walked over me to make a nest on the sofa behind me, ignoring Kim who decided to sit on my mum's lap. We've been in the same position for half an hour or so. :) What I've been doing on other occasions, is to cuddle and pay attention to the cats while praising Mimi but not looking at her. When she looks away from me I praise her much more and pay attention to her for a bit. While her being possessive wasn't a constant thing, I still feel fairly optimistic! She is rather possessive of her food though (with the cats, not me), so her and new dog will be fed separately.

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A couple of hours later, and the other cat just tried to sit on my knee - Mimi didn't like that and chased her off! So I immediately put her on the floor and said 'no'. She asked to come back up but I ignored her, and waited for her to walk away. When she did, I called her and put her back on the sofa. Hopefully she'll get the message!
 

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That sounds like pretty good progress! It obviously doesn't need to be anything to drastic as she needs time to learn and understand it's okay to share you.
I also feed my dogs separate, each in their crate. Which you may or may not want to do you could also just put them in separate rooms.
 

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Thank-you for the reassurance! Last time I had to introduce animals (two pairs of rats) I was an absolute nervous wreck despite having done it several times before! Hoping this time I'll do better...
 
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