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Two Dogs: Maybe This Isn't Going As I'd Hoped

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After being a one-dog family for a while, I got a puppy a little more than a week ago. (You can read more about that here.) The short version is that Cupid was curious and had his tail up when we met Clayton, which he hadn't done for any of the other dogs we saw. So I brought him home.

Clayton adores Cupid, and during the day Cupid . . . accepts, I guess is the word . . . Clay. Cupid seems to most enjoy their walks together. They both get lots of attention and love, but they typically play separately--Cupid is a fetchaholic, and Clay's interest there is like any other puppy. He's interested for a little while, then moves on to something else.

The problem is bedtime. They are both sleeping in my bed now (Cupid has been for months). Usually one on one side of me and one on the other--they are small dogs, so there is plenty of room. :) But now Cupid sleeps practically on top of the pillow. It seems clear he's trying to get as far away from Clay as he can. And the past couple of nights, after we've gotten out of bed for potty breaks, he goes to the couch to sleep. :(

I wouldn't object to this if he wanted to sleep on the couch, but I get the feeling that he's trying to add distance. And this makes me sad. Cupid is my skittish boy, so I figured it would take time. It's just hard for me to think that he's not comfortable in his own bed.

Basics: Cupid is 2 and neutered. Clay is 12 weeks old and won't be neutered until at least 6 months.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.
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My second dog immediately gained our first dogs' approval. They loved each other from the moment they met. It surprised me, actually. THen, we added Max, and CErb didn't take as well to having another boydog in the house. They took longer to warm up to one another. We kept Max sleeping in a crate in our bedroom for a few months so Cerb could still have his couch to himself at night. Now, they both sleep up there, and most of the time they're touching each other. I woke up this morning, and Cerberus was using Max as a pillow. It was too cute. Just give it time. I think I just had the freak incident of Cerbie falling in love with Brigit. I'm sure I'll never have it that easy again.
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