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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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Introducing a new puppy to older dog is tricky. It takes a little bit of a time for them to adjust to the new situation. Before we got Xena it was one of the few reasons why we couldn't decide when to add a third dog. I was worried that the boys and the new pup wont adjust to each other well. When Xena came home, the boys were of course excited to meet her, but its only because they thought she was just coming for a visit, LOL! We always have families and friends dogs over. But when her stay was longer than the usual, the boys realized she was here to stay.

Cain doesn't mind laying beside Xena, but then he is like that with any other dogs. It was Abel who took a while to adjust with his new sister. He enjoys playing with her but he refused to be seated or to lay down beside her. It took awhile before he got comfortable and we didn't really push him, we let him open to Xena himself.

I hope your two get along! Its an awesome feeling when you dont have to worry about your dogs fighting with each other. :D
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