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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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I second Laurelin's post.

It can take weeks for a dog to open up to the idea of another dog in house and in the family. But I wouldn't make things worse for Cupid, I would make the new pup, Clay sleep on a dog bed in your room... Cupid has been the light of your life and he knows this, now all of a sudden just a newbie gets to come in and receive the same privileges as him? Nuh-uh! lol!

Like RonE said, give them some time, and as long as there's no open hostility I'd say they'll open to each other soon enough.
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