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Old 01-18-2013, 02:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Ok as a follow up thread to is "2 better than 1"

I wanted to use lilysdad's post "is 2 better than 1" to ask my question...

As you all know, Mya is getting a baby brother in about 6-7 weeks. This is the first time that I will have two dogs as well!!! eeeeeekkk! Sacred but so excited at the same time.

With all these talks about the younger boxer learning from the older one....

What exactly do they learn? Mya is a pretty good girl and she knows the things shes not suppose to be doing. She doesnt even bark! Good on the leash, good on recall etc etc.

I hope that I can learn from all of you so when the time comes, I'd have at least a little clue of what Mya will be teaching the new puppy.
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well congrats on the new baby coming your way.

when i say rusty taught dually things, i mean like she was biting or chewing or doing something he knew was wrong and would correct. He sometimes walks up to her and nudges her, or just takes a paw and smacks her with it like hey knock it off bc if you get caught youre getting in trouble. Or my absolute favorite is rusty being a tattle tail. Dually can be in another room getting into trouble and he will come find me, stare me down like MOM!!!!! which i have now learned means you havent heard from Dually you better go check on her. I go check on dually and she is being bad.

What i wish we would have done from the start is get over the fact that she is so cute and just so overwhelmed with her cuteness and having another dog, i forgot to be in charge. she got away with so much and we were so lax with her compared to rusty, that it is taking some serious training to get her where she needs to be. I dont know if that is jsut me or if anyone else had this issue when bringing another dog into your home. When we got dually i was just so happy to have another one, i taught her the basic, sit, shake, down and kinda let it all slide. i regret it bc now she is the alpha and chooses when to listen and can be a real devil. We are correcting this behavior now, somedays harder than others but i have made a pact to get it right for her. Im not saying you will be this way but dont forget to be in charge and also train your new puppy.

I absoutly love having 2 boxer babies, they are best friends and have a blast together. I love seeing them play and run in the fields and chase each other. I am always being asked how do they do together, and the shocked look on peoples faces when i say theyre best buds is funny, like they shouldnt be. People love to watch them run together at the park its so cool to see them play, they box its great. youre going to love it. Rusty took dually under his loving wing and will let her know when she needs to tone it down and stop being a princess. (she takes after me, i act like a princess lol)
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It's so exciting lol!!! He is so handsome by the way!!! I found my second one learned lots.. from manners (sitting and waiting to be put on a leash), Sitting for a greeting, just everyday routines... She also seemed to get all of her puppy energy out on him, and save her cuddles for us

You will do great! and I am sure they will be best friends!
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Ok as a follow up thread to is "2 better than 1"

Ooh another pupy waiter.. I to now am gettin anxious and nervous.. Except our baby girl comes home in 3weeks now.. Excited and Hoping Rex can help teach a few things!! Lol


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I would have to agree with tguinter. Jaxon has helped us teach Belah alot. Even the basics...I have trained both of them by myself. Jaxon caught on so fast. When we got Belah he has had a big helping hand in training her. We say "SIT" and he sits and she sits. Then we would say "LAY", he would lay then her. She looks to him for confirmation that what she is doing is right. When she isn't around him she still listens, but I see her look to him to see if what she is doing is right.

Jaxon does tattle on her though. Same thing as Rusty. If Belah is getting into trouble he comes RUNNING in wherever I am and just stares at me. Like, Mom when you go out there you KNOW it wasn't me b/c Ive been in here with you. Its cute. I've caught him slap her down or nug her away from bad behavior. I think its awesome the bond they have. However just like Rusty and Dually, Belah is the younger female and she has now become dominate over Jaxon. He gives into her for EVERYTHING. I think its sweet. They complement each other in the best of ways. I don't know what I would do without both of them...Im not even sure what Jaxon would do without Belah.

Good Luck with your longgggggg but wellllllll worth it journey!
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This was the cutest video of an older dog teaching a younger pup new tricks. It is so adorable. I know they are Golden Retrievers, but this gives you a good idea what big dogs can do to help in training. . I like that in the last few steps the bigger dog was making sure she did not fall.....

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I would have to agree with tguinter. Jaxon has helped us teach Belah alot. Even the basics...I have trained both of them by myself. Jaxon caught on so fast. When we got Belah he has had a big helping hand in training her. We say "SIT" and he sits and she sits. Then we would say "LAY", he would lay then her. She looks to him for confirmation that what she is doing is right. When she isn't around him she still listens, but I see her look to him to see if what she is doing is right.

Jaxon does tattle on her though. Same thing as Rusty. If Belah is getting into trouble he comes RUNNING in wherever I am and just stares at me. Like, Mom when you go out there you KNOW it wasn't me b/c Ive been in here with you. Its cute. I've caught him slap her down or nug her away from bad behavior. I think its awesome the bond they have. However just like Rusty and Dually, Belah is the younger female and she has now become dominate over Jaxon. He gives into her for EVERYTHING. I think its sweet. They complement each other in the best of ways. I don't know what I would do without both of them...Im not even sure what Jaxon would do without Belah.

Good Luck with your longgggggg but wellllllll worth it journey!

Atleast i know yours do the same as mine. its so cute

the best is when Rusty is not with Dually, and she is without him she is lost. scared of everything and very content. Its like he is her confidence, she is very much a different dog.

Rusty too gives right into her, its that young alpha female in her and he just lets her have what she wants. But she can push his buttons where he snaps at her and lets her know, hey knock it off youve gone too far and she leaves him alone and finds something else to do.
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Atleast i know yours do the same as mine. its so cute

the best is when Rusty is not with Dually, and she is without him she is lost. scared of everything and very content. Its like he is her confidence, she is very much a different dog.

Rusty too gives right into her, its that young alpha female in her and he just lets her have what she wants. But she can push his buttons where he snaps at her and lets her know, hey knock it off youve gone too far and she leaves him alone and finds something else to do.
That is EXACTLY like Jaxon and Belah...they aren't the same when they aren't together. They compliment each other in the best way.
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It's so exciting lol!!! He is so handsome by the way!!! I found my second one learned lots.. from manners (sitting and waiting to be put on a leash), Sitting for a greeting, just everyday routines... She also seemed to get all of her puppy energy out on him, and save her cuddles for us

You will do great! and I am sure they will be best friends!

Your new puppy (Winter?) will be the new puppys sister So exciting to have you here and we can see both of them grow.

And yes, I was looking at Mya last night and was thinking that she better do her part in training! I told her the deal is OFF is she decides to act like a DOG! LOL

And OH...Mya even volunteered to go in her crate when the puppy goes in his crate for training LOL
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What did the new puppy learn?

My 3yo female taught my male 7week old puppy that he was safe.

Perhaps she saw him as the baby she never had. She would sleep with him in his crate rather than hers. If he piddled on the floor she would give him this look of "how could you?" In general he seemed to follow her lead. He learned by osmosis the cycle of the house. When it was time to wake, nap time, play time, quiet time... not to chew on the kids. I can remember her pinning him down to the ground when he began to play too rough with my then 6 year old human child. He learned by her that the dogs sat in the way back of the Expedition. He learned from her lead not to panic if we left for an hour to run an errand. He learned so much that in all honesty the second dog was sooooooooo much easier than the first. He was not an easier dog he just seemed to do well having a leader.

This does not occur in all new fur baby family additions. I grew up with a border collie that liked other dogs as long as they went home after. She was not interested in sharing anything even our attention. Each dog is different. I have personally found Boxers to be more accepting than some breeds of additions. I would say Goldens are in that catagory too. They seem to embracet the new fur baby and guide them in subtle ways of communication tht are not obvious the eye.

I must add that I never thought my female would like another dog. She was fine with relatives dogs and seemed overall gregarious. It was not until we brought the puppy to our home, they met outside that I realized she was excited to have him in our life. He followed her in and the rest is history.
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