Concerned: bringing a 4mtn old into my home with a dominant Yorkie

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Hello! First let me say I am SO excited to be here!  I've researched, looked and longed for a Doberman for a very very long time.  After deciding on a Doberman, its taken me a long time to find the right doberman to fit into our lifestyle. (And ours into the dogs :)  

My new Dobie was born on 10-11-11 and I am bringing her home this weekend. Juno (yes...already named) is a female and has been around other dogs and children.  My concern is my 1 yr old Yorkie....who is that typical wanna-be-dominant  "terrier".  He really has learned his position in our "pack" in regard to the humans....but anytime a dog is over (my daughter's pug, etc) he is interested...wants to play....but on his terms.  He plays...well ....aggressive.  He also REALLY  aggressive when another dog takes his things. (toys, chews, etc)

This is concerning for me and if I am not scared of a fight, I am concerned my yorkie will drive her crazy.

Any suggestions on the best way to introduce them would be appreciated. 

Also...any ideas in regard to keeping their food seperate and avoiding a fight there? 

Thanks and again...so excited to be here with your among the land of dobie owners!

 

Beth

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First of all, welcome to the Forum.. It's a wonderful place to learn almost everything you want  about your new pup. Get suggestions, advice and loads of support.

You must be so excited to finally have your Doberman. I'm so happy for you

I think I would consider introducing your Yorkie and Juno in a neutral place.. maybe a small park or a field close to your house ( both leashed.) you're absolutely right at least at first I would feed them separately and be sure you keep an eye on the toys.

But most of all.. try to relax. It's tension that creates squabbles and believe me these guys are so in tune to you they will feel your anxiety. ( easier said than done)

watching their body language is so important in avoiding a potential fight.

Now.. let me think..... Yorkie.... maybe seven pounds including hair bows?

Before you know it Juno will be tipping the scales closer to sixty pounds... Hmmmm.. who's going to drive who crazy??? LOL

Good luck and please post pictures..

Kate and Sofia

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Big dogs and little dogs CAN get along---or at the very least, co-habitate---but you have to be aware of what's going on at all times.  Your little Juno is already bigger, heavier, stronger, and more playful than your Yorkie, if she is only 4 months old.  I have terriers, too, and some of mine choose to ignore the dobies, but one is a little instigator, and sits on a chair much like a vulture, waiting for my dobie pup to walk past so that she can pounce on her, or lurch forward and snap at her. Then the pup is all "HEY, YEAH, this is FUN"... I am training the puppy to IGORE her....it's slowly sinking in.  When the pup is older, she wont give the terrier a second thought, but for now, I am making sure that she doesnt get too rough or be treated too roughly by the terrier.....dont want her to get even with her 6 months from now.  :)

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Supervision, supervision, supervision!  I never leave my two dogs alone (at least now now, Harley is about 10 months).  Harley only wants to play with my little one, but he could easily hurt or overwhelm her.  Like ZD said above, try to work with your puppy on ignoring the terrier. 

Crate, feed, train, and play separately.  Good luck!

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You have been given some great advice already so I'm just here to say welcome :) I would also like to back up what Harley Bear said about crate. With two it would be a god send! That way Juno will have her own place to go when she needs some space :)

Sian and Harley

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Thank you So much for the warm welcome and wonderful advice.

I feel like I've been given a few tools for a more smooth introduction and I can't thank you enough.

I feel really grateful for having this place to come for support.  

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*chuckles* Well from personal experience I have dealt with a situation with a dominate yorkie and 2, 8 week old dobie pups. We went to my mother in laws house and her yorkie was just beside herself when she realized her growling and nipping did not deter the puppies in any way! My pups considered her growling and nipping as just “rough play” as she was already smaller than the puppies. Mind you she didn’t snap and get vicious on them she was merely trying to be the big boss and show dominance. She ended up being chased around and playing with them after an awkward 20 minutes of her perched on the safety of the couch growling and yipping at them. In the end she could not resist and ended up playing to her heart’s content.

 

 

Be prepared for aggressive play, and I would be more concerned about the yorkie getting hurt than the pup.

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~~Be prepared for aggressive play, and I would be more concerned about the yorkie getting hurt than the pup.~~

Ronan...this is why i wondered if I should just allow Reece's (the yorkie) to go ahead and establish his rank.  (Rather than scolding him)

 

This is going to be very interesting FOR SURE. I have to admit I am rather anxious about it and need to get control of myself so they don't feel that!

 

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Please post pics when you bring the little girl home!  We (I) to see pics of the puppies!

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We had the same idea for the cat, she's fully clawed and one good whack and Rocky was having nothing to do with her.  He would literally walk around her like she had a little force shield or something.  Then one day about 6 weeks in,  by accident playing, he sorta stepped on / fell into her and she ran.   He realized immediately that she no longer ruled the house and that was the end of any authority she had.   I still have to occasionally scold him for trying to chase her and he's 2...it's not that he means her harm, he just want to play.  roughly...

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We have an 8 years old terrier and a 15 month old Dobe and I wish we had stopped the rough play when Cleo was a puppy but we thought we would 'let them sort it out themselves'.   Well Archie did put Cleo in her place to start with but now that she is so much bigger and faster than Archie it is not so much fun for him.   She plays very rough with him and tries to paw him all the time.   He does turn on her when he has had enough but she just thinks he is playing.   We never leave them alone together and always put Cleo in her cage if we are going out.   But so long as Archie has his 'safe' havens - our bedroom and under the coffee table - to go to when he has had enough he is OK.   I think you could say Cleo loves Archie and Archie tolerates Cleo !  

I would definitely heed Ziva's dad's advice, if I could turn the clock back that is what I would have done now we just have to be watchful.    Having just said all this they are both curled up on the sofa sleeping so its not all bad :)

Good luck with your new puppy.