I made it very clear, my hopes and dreams for Melvin and Jake (the Tank) included them becoming snugglers. But in all honestly, when I took on a second dog my goals were simple. I wanted them to be happy, healthy and tolerant of one another. They didn’t have to love the other, but they had to respect that I loved them both. Dogs getting along, takes a lot of work, especially in the beginning. I took a great many steps to give them as much opportunity for success as possible. They were separate at first, getting used to the other just being there. Jake was on tie-down for several weeks after that, it gave Melvin time to acclimate to Jake being in the same room and it gave Jake a chance to learn the dance of the household. Toys played no role until they were both roaming free and we could take that next, cautious step in the training. Jake, although now free to roam, still has accidents in the house so he is almost always within my visual path. He doesn’t know I’m watching him, but it’s just another way to set him up for more success.
One thing has not changed (and I don’t know if it ever will), the boys are separated when I’m not home. This was never even a question in my mind. So I find it surprising that I get A LOT of questions as of late about “are you leaving the boys together alone yet?”.
Yet? YET? YET! Wait, what?
I have no plans to leave them alone, together. It’s only been two months so this is not even on the radar. Am I crazy? (can you tell I’m hyperventilating ) In my opinion, they are fine apart during the day, I have way more confidence in that then I do to leave them together.
So now I’m curious, are your dogs together when you leave the house? Why or why not? And if they are together, when did you know it would work for you?