On Monday, I decided on a whim to adopt a new puppy. A young couple, probably 18 or 19, were giving away their 12 week old pit because they were moving. I decided after looking at the puppy to bring him home!
Meet Atticus. He was originally named Bentley but we changed his name so that he wouldn't have the same name as our friend's Boxer. He's a 12 week old Blue Nose/American Staffordshire pit. He seems to be very sweet but he's very nervous about being in his new home with my other pit.
So far, they've gotten along very well. They love to play together in my bedroom but not really anywhere else. Outside, they both do their own thing but inside is a different story. Raleigh, my 1.5 year old pit, is used to being the "Queen Bee" of the household and has had a little difficulty adjusting to Atticus's presence in the house.
I've already learned to separate them when feeding and at night. Raleigh sleeps on the bed, Atticus is a crate for the time being. But, I'm having difficulty during the day. For the most part, they are civil with each other but then Raleigh will suddenly pounce on Atticus.
I don't thin she means to scare him or hurt him. In fact, I can usually just yell at her and she backs off him. But, she does scare him enough that he pees and does his glands on the floor/couch/bed/you name it. Yesterday, she must have gotten a little rough because he now has two small, but ugly gashes on his head near his right eye. Naturally, he's scared to death. She hasn't hurt him in any other way but I'm not sure what to do.
I've never been in this situation before because the last time I introduced a puppy into the house, the other dog was older and was mainly an outdoor dog so contact was limited.
I think that with time both dogs will adjust to one another but I need some helpful advice in the meantime. I don't want to have to separate them completely because I fear they will never adjust to each other. Raleigh knows that when she is in trouble she gets "Raleigh-swatted" with a fly swatter and I've used it a couple times as a threat but I don't want it to become routine.
Any help y'all can give me to make this transition smooth will be wonderful! I'm boarding them on Friday while I'm out of town for the weekend but I want to make sure that Monday when we're back together that things go smoothly.