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    Brought a second dog into the house and need some advice

    Hello everyone it looks like a great place here and I was hoping to get some advice myself on an issue I have been having. So I have a 3 year female beagle I have had since she was a puppy, within the past few weeks we have brought in a 15 week old Italian grey hound. Their introduction was all done correctly and they seem to get along together great. The only problem I am having is their desire to play with each other every single second their in the room together. May sound like a great problem to have but my issue here is the older dog is a 30 pound beagle and the puppy is only 8 pounds and will not get much bigger, all is fine while just chasing each other but it quickly turns into a wrestling match where the Italian grey hound is non stop biting at the Beagles ears and the beagle just completely man handles the puppy where I feel the puppy is going to get hurt by being slammed to the ground, I don’t see any signs of actual aggression but it’s just the shear size difference that I don’t like how rough they are together. What I’m trying to get at here is I want them to be able to co exist in the same room together and not feel they need to hardcore wrestle every second they see each other. From what I can tell yes the beagle also loves to play and she will instigate some of the time but I feel i can easily settle her down but it’s the puppy who immediately starts jumping in the beagles face which instigates the wrestling, my beagle loves to be in control while playing with other dogs and does not like when she’s not in control of the situation, she does great at the dog park with other dogs her size and wrestles very good with dogs her size and knows when to stop and all of that but it just seems this puppy doesn’t really know dog cues all that well and my beagle has had to correct her a few times when she got too rowdy but again it’s just the size difference that worries me with them wrestling this hard and I just want them to be calm in the same room together which as of now seems impossible.

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    Re: Brought a second dog into the house and need some advice

    I went through something very similar with my newest addition (who is 18 months now). She would harass my 3 yo dog, who likes to be in control of things, into playing with her. The older dog has gotten good at ignoring her, and not engaging when she doesn't want to, and the puppy now takes the hint. But it took a while for them to figure it out, and while they were doing that, I'd put the puppy in a pen or a crate when she was getting too rambunctious.

    I wouldn't worry to much about the size difference, it sounds like your beagle is pretty good at self-handicapping. As your puppy matures, she'll learn how to settle better, and she'll probably start listening to your older dog better.

    When the beagle seems done, or just when you want them to settle down, put the puppy in a pen or a crate with a stuffed kong.
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    Hey thanks so much for the reply it’s good to hear other who have gone through something similar. Yeh for now what I have been doing is having the puppy spend most of her time in the play pen and then a few times a day I’ll let her out to play until it seems like the beagle is getting annoyed or it’s getting to rough for me and then I’ll separate them and let their energy calm down and then repeat. It does seem the beagle has gotten better at not throwing the puppy around as hard until she gets bit one too many times then she’ll sort of put the puppy in her place. I suppose over time they’ll learn each other’s limits and they’ll also learn my limits by separating them when they get too rough. My beagle seems very easy to get her to stop when I want so it’s really just the puppy that needs to learn when play time is over and I suppose it’s just going to take a little while for them to co exist without always needing to jump each other.

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    Re: Brought a second dog into the house and need some advice

    Yeh for now what I have been doing is having the puppy spend most of her time in the play pen and then a few times a day I’ll let her out to play until it seems like the beagle is getting annoyed or it’s getting to rough for me and then I’ll separate them and let their energy calm down and then repeat.
    This is exactly what I would suggest. Eventually your puppy will grow up and calm down, but you can help teach that by doing what you're doing.

    From what I understand of IGs, they're pretty fragile. I wouldn't really allow any rough play at all with this particular breed; separate them as soon as it gets physical.
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    Re: Brought a second dog into the house and need some advice

    Okay well you're dealing with some absolutes that can't be changed (and of course that's not meant to be any kind of a revelation! Just things to work around). Size, weight, energy level, age, immature social skills. It's a little misleading to assign our own "human" characteristics to the situation. Hoping that one dog will "understand" or the puppy will "forgive." This is about inter-canine relationship and honoring instinct. Of course either dog (regardless of physical size) can become the dominant dog (every relationship is dominant versus submissive, no matter how subtle the cues). You just don't want that play to escalate into a situation where one dog gets (accidentally) hurt and then over-reacts which can set up a chain reaction/retaliation, and then tips the balance. Is there a way where you can objectify the play time? Like teaching ball playing (with two balls please) so each one will run after one. (You might have to teach the game individually at first). Is there any way to tire out the puppy separately, or the Beagle if that's needed. Maybe a walk or game of tug with you in a different room/area. So that you're occasionally redirecting their energy/attention, not only just being focused on each other, but encouraging them to interact with you. I would create FUN time out zones for each one, x-pens or very comfortable crates. Teaching them that separate time is also a good thing. Maybe if they enjoy chewing on a Kong filled with something or some other busy activity. If they haven't been learning (what I call good citizenship) manners, they should be. The basics, your direction to "sit, down, stay, come." Please check out marker training (very fun, very rewarding). Again, you want to teach these dogs their focus should be on YOU not on one another. Although I figure the 2nd dog was introduced perhaps as a diversion, if you're a super busy person. Eventually as the puppy ages, they'll balance themselves, and communicate whether or not playtime works for both, but if not, each one should have their own safe space to chill out. (Remember, crates can have the doors left open, or no doors. As long they're not being used for punishment, they're not "prisons" as everyone thinks. They satisfy the dog's natural behavior for being in a "den.").
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