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Hello, I'm new to the forum and have finally plucked up the courage to join as I have got much useful advice whilst I've been lurking.

I have a 5 month old short haired boy who I've had for 3 months, Romeo and he is a spoilt little dude!

To stop him from turning into a total baby, and because I think it's nice for pups to have company, a 1 year old rescue BIG chi has just moved in with us called Pax. He has such sad eyes, doesn't know how to sit and wants to be loved and cuddled all the time where as Romeo is more independent.

Pax has been with us a couple of weeks now, I got him 'fixed' straight away at advice of vet and rescue lady - cos he was a total humper! Think he may have been left on his own a lot and that's what he just did for company maybe?

At my flat there is always someone here, I work part time and from home and when I'm in the office - my mum is pops round to sit with them. Ideally I do want to be able to leave them alone together for a few hours in the long term future.

Soooooo, that's the background and I'd love your advice on how to settle the new boy in. I think he's doing really well. Romeo hasn't been too jealous and they love playing. But Romeo is getting a bit overenthusiastic when they play and has nipped Pax with his sharp puppy teeth. When it gets like this - I separate them.

Also, Romeo ALWAYS wants whatever toy or nylabone Pax has! It can be quite cute and funny... but poor Pax shouldn't have to put up with that!!!!

Also, Pax the new boy loves to sit on my lap and have his belly rubbed - Romeo has never been much of a cuddler but does like a cuddle sometimes. I don't want to make Romeo jealous by thinking I'm spending more time with Pax ... And when I do give Romeo some individual attention - Pax starts whining and looks at me with those big sad eyes.

There is more than enough love here for EVERYONE and nobody gets left out - but any advice or suggestions would be most welcome! Sorry this is such an essay!!! I love all your pics of your chis!

Chichi_lady xxxx
 

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Hopefully, soon the rescue boy will feel confident enough to 'tell' the puppy that his biting hurts! He might do this in a manner that is surprising to you! He may nip the puppy 'til he squeaks, but no damage is done. He may put his paw over the puppy's back, or he may snarl at him. Whatever, try not to interfer with it! Good luck. Sue
 

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Thanks Sue, Pax does growl at him, (not agressively) when Romeo tries to steal his nylabone - but Romeo is relentless!!! He'll wriggle on his back in front of him, be all cute and then steal Pax's bone! And Pax is twice the size of him. It's all playful though and Romeo does need a swipe from Pax, but Pax is devastated when I split them up, so I don't think he minds too much. I just love watching them both play. I have a veterninary nurse who specialises in dog behaviour coming round later in the week - so i can get some suggestions on the best way to settle Pax in and feel loved and secure without alienating either of them, Love my boys! :) xx
 

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Well, I did things the opposite of you...I started out with my older rescue (3 years at the time) then introduced a 5 month old rescue, and finally, another one I just could not resist at 10 weeks.

Pedro is my older one. He had some really severe aggression issues when we got him. We worked with him and worked with him, and then decided adding another dog might help with mellowing him out a bit. Then, a third one came into the picture.

He is very mellow with the younger ones, very patient and tolerant of their antics, he will growl when he's had enough, but he will also hand over a treat or toy to the tiny one if he wants it. It makes me feel bad, because Pedro was here first, and sometimes I think he's too 'gentleman-ly' with the other little hoodlums...

But, I do as you do. I make sure they all get individual attention, and my husband helps. The two full Chis are more clingy and needy than Pedro, so it's easy for him to feel left out - and I know what you mean about those sad eyes - Pedro was abused before we got him and his little eyes just melt my heart. He's more independent, so I try to allow him that, but I also try to make sure to spend a little time every day playing just with him, or giving him a good massage.

I owe him for putting up with these two demons!!!:D
 

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Well, I did things the opposite of you...I started out with my older rescue (3 years at the time) then introduced a 5 month old rescue, and finally, another one I just could not resist at 10 weeks.

Pedro is my older one. He had some really severe aggression issues when we got him. We worked with him and worked with him, and then decided adding another dog might help with mellowing him out a bit. Then, a third one came into the picture.

He is very mellow with the younger ones, very patient and tolerant of their antics, he will growl when he's had enough, but he will also hand over a treat or toy to the tiny one if he wants it. It makes me feel bad, because Pedro was here first, and sometimes I think he's too 'gentleman-ly' with the other little hoodlums...

But, I do as you do. I make sure they all get individual attention, and my husband helps. The two full Chis are more clingy and needy than Pedro, so it's easy for him to feel left out - and I know what you mean about those sad eyes - Pedro was abused before we got him and his little eyes just melt my heart. He's more independent, so I try to allow him that, but I also try to make sure to spend a little time every day playing just with him, or giving him a good massage.

I owe him for putting up with these two demons!!!:D
Hi Kimr, I've only just seen this, thank you - it's good to read about other people's experiences. Mine are both fast asleep now after a lovely walk along the river. Pax the new boy is quite needy and it makes me feel guilty that I'm leaving out Romeo - my original one and my BABY! But he is far more independent and not a cuddler! But luckily Pax the new boy goes to sleep early - so me and Romeo snuggle up on the sofa and watch telly ... I think everyone is getting on fine - just wanna make sure I do the right thing and nobody is left out - cos i love them dearly. Have got a veterinary nurse lady coming round tomorrow who's interested in dog behaviour so she's gonna see what she thinks.

Thanks again for you advice.

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