Andrea: How to introduce a pomeranian to a german shepherd?
Recently we got a 3 month old pomeranian and and one of my family members got a german shepherd about 1.5 years (not sure) from an animal rescue. We tried to introduce the two but the german shepherd growled and barked at our pomeranian. First our pomeranian growled once, but is now scared of the german shepherd. Maybe the german shepherd or pomeranian doesn't socialize well with other dogs. What can we do to train the two dogs to like each other?
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Answer by sara772779
If the dogs don't live together I wouldn't force the issue. Dogs are social pack animals and if this dog isn't part of their pack, they don't need to care or get along necessarily.
If you do plan to have these dogs socialize, you need to start from scratch with an introduction. I have used the methods found here with success, so you may want to consider them.
INTRODUCING DOGS INTO A HOME
WITH OTHER DOGS
Bringing a new dog into a home is always an exciting time. It's like adding a new family member or guest to the household. While much has been written on bringing puppies into the home - very little has been written about bringing new adult dogs into the home. This article should help you make some decisions that will ease the transition.
Pet owners often underestimate the kinds of problems that can occur if mistakes are made.
This can be a difficult if not dangerous situation if it's not handled correctly. Many people think they can just bring a new dog home and let the dogs work things out themselves. For the lucky ones this works out OK, but more often than not people find themselves in the middle of a dog fight and wonder what went wrong.
Dogs are pack animals and humans are primates. These two groups interact differently.
The average pet owner does not have a clue about how strong the genetic pack instinct is that floats just under the fur of their lovable family pet. The addition of a second or third dog into the home often triggers a genetic pack drive or RANK DRIVE. Many people are shocked and confused when they see the level of aggression that their sweet family dog is capable of.
There is usually more than one thing going on that result in these problems. To name just a few: a house dog is often territorial; there can be rank or dominance problem between the new dogs; or there can be inter-male or inter-female issues that result in aggression.
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