How do I get my 2 year old dachshund to like my new puppy and remain loving toward my husband and I? Answered
My husband and I recently adopted an 11 week old female dachshund. We already have a 2 year old female dachshund that we adopted when she was a puppy. Of course over the past couple of years she has become our "baby", has had our undivided attention, and even sleeps with us at night..and sits in our laps every chance she gets. She has always had the most loving and energetic personality. I understand that the 2 year old doxie is naturally going to have a bit of jealousy and is not going to warm up to the puppy immediately, but I am looking for some advice as to how to best raise the two so that there is minimal jealousy and hostility in hopes of the two becoming "best buddies". Dachshunds tend to have personalities of their own and are a completely different breed when it comes to everything. We only adopted the puppy 2 days ago so I know that the relationship is definitely not going to develop over night. I guess I am most concerned that the 2 year old is going to continue to be jealous and and will not warm up to the puppy..She (the older female) has not been sleeping with us at night since the puppy is in bed with us which is very much not like her. She normally has the most energy and is quite lovable. She has not acted particularly aggressive to the puppy yet however She has been COMPLETELY different and distant since we got the new puppy. She did growl at my husband and I a couple of times which is completely not normal for her. We know that crate training is the best option for the puppy but not sure what the reality of that is going to be. Any advice? THANKS!