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We have a 2 1/2 year old Jack Russel who has been very lonely after our cat died so we decided to buy a puppy for her (and us). We were told to get a boy for obvious reasons and a Lab / Retriever for behaviour with other dogs. Our new Chocolate Lab puppy (Ely) seems to be doing all the right things by lying down when our JR growls etc. However we would love them to play as our JR did with the cat any ideas how are can initiate safe play or do we just leave them to it?
 

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Joan Rivers has a new show on channel 5 that should help ! :twisted:

If that doesn't help, just leave them 2 it.

You can't force them to play nd lets face it if someone dumped a screeming baby on you and said 2here play wit hthe kid right now, please, pretty please" you would probably tell them to take a flying ....

older dogs have seen it all and they are often not interested in a pup or other companion for a while.

your Jr is propbably sussing the pup out, weighing up in its own mind if it can be bothered to relive his own pupyhood all over again and probably still pining after his buddy - el moggy.

I am pretty sure that your JR will soon come round (puppys can be quite persistent) and you've done the right thing introducing this new member of the family in part for his benefit. Just don't force it.

Im nervously watching how my lab pup gets on with my one footed buck rabbit that recently lost his m8 (another rabbit) They started playing together fine, now im a bit worried the puppy sees dinner but I am trying to let thm work out how their relationship is going to develop and only step in if the rabbit is under any danger of being eaten or injured.

you should certainly avoid being too worried that they will hurt each other. If the jr bites the pup it is unlikely to result in a serious injury. you wouldn't be there to protect thm in the wild, and as pack animals it rarely makes sense to eat another pack member rather than put them in there place.
 

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Thanks for that I think I am a little paranoid. Since my last message they have started play fighting. It starts very gentle and builds up till they try to get on each other backs - I guess to sort out who is the boss neither wants to give up so they get very exhausted. No biting as such just lots of tumbling, snapping and growling.

The good thing is a couple of time Ely (the puppy) has started to cry when JR has got a little rough or poked him in the eye etc and the JR stops straight away and comes to get one of us to see if he is all right so thats got to be a good sign.

We also started JR at doggy classes to help socialisation and although she is the rebel of the group that seems to be helping. We did all the wrong things when she was a puppy as she was a runt and still very very tiny so we carried her everywhere and treated her like a baby thinking we were being kind. We want to make sure we do all the right things with ELy so any help appreciated.
 

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old dog and new puppy

Thanks for your tips about Jezabel and new puppy. My husband and kids think i am a being paranoid that Monty (the dally) will hurt her - she's so much smaller than him but she seems to be tough. She flys about getting into mischief and i think he is actually very nervous of what she will do next!
 
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