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Also, you need to give them time to get used to each other and for Arthur to get used to his new surroundings. Our trainer told us it takes generally about three months for both those things to happen and, in our situation, it proved to be true. It DID take Moe almost three months to adapt to our family and to learn what was expected of him in our household.

A more dramatic example of the three month adjustment happened when we brought Tally home. Meeting on nuetral ground had no visible affect with her. Moe was very happy to have a new companion but Tally was less than happy to be sharing her new home with him. It seemed like she hated him and Moe seemed confused by her negative behaviour. Many times she backed him into a corner or caused him to flee to me for safety or comfort. Eventually they came to terms with thier relationship (Tally was Queen and Moe was her loyal subject) and it took three months almost to the day! Now the two are the best of friends... neither wanting to go out without the other. In fact they are so close that if one is absent the other will mope about and whine till the missing partner returns home. (Like when Moe had his surgery or when Tally accompanies my daughter on pet-sitting jobs for the neighbor's dogs - who Tally actually likes) Keep them separated when you can't supervise them and don't be alarmed when 'fights' break out (the type where they go at each other snarling and snapping but no real biting or injury occurs). Sometimes an older dog will reprimand a younger dog this way. My friend's elderly female Basset, Cleo (passed away years ago), used to do this to my Moe in his younger days - she liked him fine until Moe, in his youthful enthusiastic way, began to irritate poor Cleo and get on her nerves. Then she'd decide enough was enough and put him in his place. This was terrifying to watch until you realized that it was all bluster and noise and she didn't physically harm him. She just let him know in no uncertain terms that he had better behave himself. And he did! It made me wish Cleo was around more often to settle Moe down! ;)

Supervise and give them time. Eventually they WILL learn to be best buddies...

Terry
 
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