I recently picked up a 1 year old pup from a couple in Houston that found him and 4 months old and have kept him since May. Based on his bio, I thought he'd be a good fit with my older girl, Maya. I've come to suspect a lot of misinformation or at the very least, a healthy sugarcoating of his training and behavior since taking him in. The introduction of he and Maya has been a challenge.
Regardless, my girl is ten years old and very reticent of the current situation. She's a ridgeback and very diplomatic when it comes to other dogs. In fact she and my new pb have played extensively, and when she gets annoyed she rebukes him in the way a dog should. She shows annoyance and when that doesn't work, she gives him the proper correction. Anyway, I took him and her to a behaviorist today and her diagnosis was that my girl is stressed and that she and the new pb may not be a good fit and it will be a very hard road if I keep them together. I took them after a weekend fight with each other over a bone which was my fault more than anything. I can ignore a food based fight between two recently introduced dogs.
So that's my situation. I'm growing very attached to this little guy, but I don't want to stress out my girl Maya during her golden years. She's my biggest concern as I was taking in a new dog to enhance her life, not make it worse. Has anyone else been in this situation? If so, how much time do you think I should give this? I would never let him go without finding a new home thats better than mine and want to do the best thing by all of us. Thanks in advance should I get some replies.