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Hi,

We have a 1 1/2 year old Male French x Chihuahua and in 4 weeks we get an 8 week old Female Australian bulldog to join our family. We want to make sure the two get along and become 'best friends' as such. We know its something you can't force and its in their time, however, do you have any tips to make the process easier on everyone?

Thanks,
Jess

Answered Monday 11 May 2015

Hi Jess,

 

 good question and its the right idea to be planning ahead. It is important to introduce the dogs in a calm fashion and avoid boisterous play. It would probably be best to exercise or play with the puppy for 15-20 minutes to burn-off some energy prior to introduction. Quiet, gentle interaction should be encouraged. Given the age discrepancy the Frenchie X should be mature enough to take charge of the younger puppy. 

As they grow it is important to identify the dominant animal and treat that animal as such. Initially it is likely that the Frenchie X will be dominant so you should always pat and feed him first. As the bulldog grows she may or may not become the dominant dog in the situation, it is difficult to predict. You will need to judge this as you go along and respect that hierachy.

If you try to correct the natural hierachy you are highly likely to result in more fighting. 

If you do encounter any major problems then you should take both dogs into see your local vet. 

Good luck and remember to keep anything that you don't want chewed out of the puppy's way until she is at least 1.5 years old,

 

regards,

 

 Anthony and James.

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