Young dog settling in. Some respite needed for the older dog

Published by Theo Stewart on

Lucy arrived five days ago, having probably lived with travellers. It was obvious she hadn’t lived in a house before so she has some has settling in to do.

Already she is nearly house-trained so they are doing very well.

Lucy is affectionate and biddable. As you would expect a twenty-month-old Jack Russell to be – she is also very playful.

All to much for Freddie

I watched a couple of videos of  Lucy playing with 11-year-old Freddie. Although he is joining in for the most part, it is one-sided. Most of the play chasing and play ‘attacking’ comes from her.

Freddie is showing signs of anxiety and worry. At present, to escape, he takes himself off to the the man’s study but never before has he had to leave the room where the couple are.

His own den or bolthole

I suggested a puppy pen in the room where they spend most of their time. I’m sure it will only be temporary while Lucy is settling in.

Dear little Freddie will then have a safe bolthole whilst remaining in the same room as everyone and not being excluded from anything.

Another advantage is, to avoid any possible trouble, Freddie can eat in the pen and Lucy outside. They can both have chews and treats in safety.

Settling in

They have great plans for training Lucy but I suggest they give her a break for another couple of weeks to give her proper settling in time. It is all a very new world for her.

I shall be helping them for five weeks as they have chosen my online ‘package’ deal, so together we will take things forward and watch the situation between the two dogs carefully.

A huge plus with Lucy is that she is confident around other dogs and people. The two dogs walk nicely together and walks are a pleasure.

The lady has understandably been very worried.

All will be well.

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