We got Mira from the pound about 6 weeks ago. She has been an amazing dog; she is about a year old, came fully house trained, is calm, never barks, great with other dogs, etc. But I am a dog person, and was not satisfied with one. Plus, Mira LOVES to play with other dogs. So I felt guilty not having a playmate for her. Anyway, we looked in the paper for a while and visited a few dogs, and found Sylvie . They played together beautifully on the first meeting (at Sylvie’s former home), they are about the same size (30lbs), etc. So we brought Sylvie home today, and she is a bit nervous, which is to be expected. She seems a little freaked out, but not showing any aggression at all. Mira is thrilled to see her, they get along well, until Sylvie starts sniffing Mira’s food. Mira makes it clear that that is HER food. Okay. No argument from Sylvie. I think generally with the food you are just supposed to let them establish who is boss, and leave it at that. We separated them for feeding tonight, and it went fine.
So here is my question: There were several toys lying around that Mira had no interest in before today. Now, when poor Sylvie wants to chew on any of the previously-shunned toys, she gets snapped at. They are still playing well together, but should I correct Mira for being a bitch or just let them work it out? So far I have been restraining Mira and making sure she gets plenty of petting and all that when Sylvie wants a toy. Sylvie is stressed out enough without dealing with being snapped at. What do you think?
By the way, this isn’t fight to the death sort of behavior, and I know they will work it out, I just think that Sylvie should be “allowed” to have the toys that Mira didn’t want yesterday. Also, aren’t they adorable?!