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Posted by: TheBigBoys Jan 17 2011, 09:19 PM
I really could use some advice, my daughter just got a tiny little rescued beagle, he is pretty small, I think he is an 11 incher. Of course he won't be living with us but there is going to be times when I will be dog sitting him and we feel it is important to introduce him to the big boys. We have never had a little dog in the family so I really am not sure how to introduce them without my guys getting much to excited. The little guy is very quick and sort of bounces when he runs which makes me a bit uneasy fearing my guys might think he is something to chase. So if anyone has any advice on how to do this I would very much appreciate it.

Posted by: DonnaBehr Jan 18 2011, 11:45 AM
How do your dogs react to small dogs when you take them for a walk? That would be a first indicator as to how they will get along with the new guy.

Absolutely introduce them with muzzles on the greys. Also, if the beagle is bouncy and nips like a puppy, that could present a problem. Don't introduce them outside where the beagle can run around, that's for certain.

You will just have to be very careful and hopefully you know your dogs pretty well.

Good Luck.

Posted by: Pipi5 Jan 18 2011, 02:15 PM
Ditto what Donna said, but also...go to Petsmart or Petco & get the beagle a muzzle also. It won't hurt & he probably won't like it but he'll get over it. Better to be safe than sorry.
Smiley was fostered with a schnauzer that he got along with just great...but there's some Jack Russells living with the basset behind me & if they run up & down the fence, Smiley is very curious. Could be also cause they're white.
I would just introduce everyone with muzzles on, and then outdoor activities should be muzzled too & supervised.

Posted by: TheBigBoys Jan 18 2011, 10:19 PM
Thanks, my daughter is bringing him over sometime this weekend so keep your fingers crossed. My guys are good with other dogs, they have never shown aggression with any other dogs. We use to doggy sit their other dog but she was a rotti mix and was much bigger, this little guy is a real cutie and was fostered with 2 labs so I am hoping he has some proper doggy manners (LOL). I will let you know how it goes.

Posted by: Pipi5 Jan 19 2011, 10:04 PM
I'd like to know how he does, so be sure & let us know. We'll be easy on you if you don't think about taking pictures....this one time. he he he

Posted by: inquisitive snoop Jan 20 2011, 09:17 AM
Speaking from experience it's always better to introduce them in a neutral place and not inside the house. That location is the Grey's home and first they have to accept the visitor before they will let him/her into the home without a problem. Also, if you just let them all smell the rear of the beagle they should become one happy family. Also make sure they are all on a leash for easier control. I have 2 Greys, 5 Whippets, 1 German Shep and a white cat - all but one Whippet and the German Shep were gradually added to the family over the years with no problems. Good luck and please let us know how it goes.

Diane in NY

Posted by: TheBigBoys Jan 20 2011, 01:59 PM
Thanks everyone, I will let you know how it goes, it should be interesting because this little guy has tons of energy. This is Bently, one of his rare moments sleeping biggrin.gif
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Posted by: DonnaBehr Jan 20 2011, 03:52 PM
He's sooooooooooo cute.

Let us know how the meet goes. Fingers crossed.

Posted by: dad2paisley Jan 20 2011, 08:11 PM
He's cute.

Posted by: Pipi5 Jan 21 2011, 08:18 AM
Ohmygosh he's so cute!!! We had 2 beagles, Tony & Meg. he he he

Posted by: TheBigBoys Jan 24 2011, 09:35 PM
So the meeting of the hounds went fine, we all met outside and went for a walk. There was lots of butt sniffing and doggy hello's but no growling or snapping or barking, at least from my guys anyway biggrin.gif . Bently growled once or twice I think just because he was a little frightened at first, but he settled down and seemed fine. My guys wanted to play but he is way to small for me to be comfortable with that just yet. My daughter is going to start bringing him over a few times a week so they can all get uses to each other. So all went well anf hopefully it will get even better as they all get use to each other.

Posted by: DonnaBehr Jan 25 2011, 11:30 AM
Fantastic. That's the kind of report we were waiting to hear.

Posted by: dad2paisley May 5 2011, 08:03 PM

Posted by: Oct 26 2012, 03:03 PM
You might try walking them, each one with a handler. A brisk walk with each concentrating on moving forward, not sniffing around. After 20-30 minutes, the energy level will be lower for them to meet calmly...

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