|Kelly: "Siblings are all right, as long as they know I'm the boss."|
Here are the areas in which she will have to adapt:
1. Share living space
2. Share toys--she never did get the hang of this with Brooks, whether they were her own toys or special toys just for Brooks, etc...she had to have them all. The only thing she let him have was his precious tennis balls.
3. Allow the other dog to eat and drink-- I will always have to separate them at mealtime.
4. Allow the other dog to receive attention--Kelly can get jealous.
5. Walk together nicely--this is one thing she did well, although she got anxious if the other dog was faster and she couldn't be first. She'd rush to try to beat him.
6. Share a sleeping space-- this took some adjustment because she saw this space as hers, but eventually she allowed Brooks a corner of the bedroom.
7. Ride in the car together
8. Be affectionate to me instead of shutting me out-- When Brooks was around, he asked for attention by constantly crawling up and sitting in my lap, following me around, putting his head in my lap. Kelly used to be more like this when she was an only dog, but when Brooks was here she tended to retreat and give me the cold shoulder when I wanted to snuggle with her.
So what are your thoughts, is there anything I can do now that will help Kelly feel more confident and happy about sharing her home with another? How can I help prepare Kelly for the adventure of adopting a new dog?
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