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A senior big dog like this would be less of a problem then a young little dog, as they just like to hang and relax.

A senior dog of any size is at risk of being harassed by younger, more playful, more active dogs. Whether or not it's going to work out is situational.

Melinda Shore - Software longa, hardware brevis - (Email Removed)

The image is Adam Smith. The reality is Enron Joseph Stiglitz
A senior big dog like this would be less of a problem then a young little dog, as they just like to hang and relax.

A senior dog of any size is at risk of being harassed by younger, more playful, more active dogs. Whether or not it's going to work out is situational.

That is exactly my biggest fear. Bodhi IS a harasser. If it had been Bodhi (instead of Coda) and Guiness, I honestly think he would've drove her straight into the grave. Coda is hyperactive, but not a butthead about it.
Bodhi is a downright meanie sometimes, but luckily Coda is quick & fair with his "punishment". They are very close to the same size (24 25" tall, Bodhi is 54 lbs, Coda is 61 lbs), so it's a fair match up when they play and wrestle.
An old girl like that would either be too intimidated, or worse yet, threatened. I'd hate to think of the damage a threatened IW could do, no matter what age.
Shelly & The Boys
A senior big dog like this would be less of a problem then a young little dog, as they just like to hang and relax.

A senior dog of any size is at risk of being harassed by younger, more playful, more active dogs.

What does this have to do with my statement?
And at risk,how so?
The owner of the dogs should be watching out to make sure not much can happen, and when they are not home, if the person feels there might be a problem, do different rooms of the home while you are gone.
I don't see a risk to the big senior.
FWIW though, I have found little dogs will bother a big dog for a bit, and then will get plonked , and all will be well.
Big Old dogs little old dogs,no difference.
I had a little poodle found in the snow in Maine, and she was an eldress, and all my dogs were great to her.
Anyway,for me one more dog is not a problem.
Big or little but I do like bigger, better.
Paulette~
Whether or not it's going to work out is situational.

I do not see this as much of a gamble when you have a dog person over seeing things.
Paulette~
Well, I guess if you have a fear of what might happen then you should not do it.
Bodhi IS a harasser. If it had been Bodhi (instead of Coda) and Guiness, I honestly think he would've ... tall, Bodhi is 54 lbs, Coda is 61 lbs), so it's a fair match up when they play and wrestle.

Well they are not exactly little dogs, I as thinking 40 pounds and under.

So if both of these dogs are not n ice to other dogs then they might bother the IW and gang up on her.
An old girl like that would either be too intimidated, or worse yet, threatened.

Or would tell them right off to leave her alone.
I'd hate to think of the damage a threatened IW could do, no matter what age.

I have a big thing for NASTY boys and OLD dogs, so I am use to being the referree and the person that stops all the pseudo attacks before they start.

Anyway you have to do what you feel comfortable with.

Paulette~
Subject: Re: I want this dog

I have a big thing for NASTY boys and OLD dogs, so I am use to being the referree and the person that stops all the pseudo attacks before theystart.

what method do you use to do this?
-kelly
I have a big thing for NASTY boys and OLD ... the person that stops all the pseudo attacks before they

start. what method do you use to do this? -kelly

I am with them most 24/7, so the minute I see a stare,or a posture, or see the lip curl and nose out of joint,or full smile,or hear a growl, I stop things befoe they start.
It can be in many ways. Either getting up and getting between them, calling them to me, telling them to KNOCK IT OFF (this one works the best and is the fastest) BUT they know the routine, or pretending there is something very interesting that I am doing, so they focus all their attention on me.

Chessies when they fight do not let go, not with the water hose, a chair, table, NOTHING will break up the fight, EXCEPT for these few things, you either have to do a breaking stick or literally lift their legs off the ground so they lose balance and fling them.
Fortunately this does not happen very often as like I said I am on top of the situation most always.
Having two males and five females, it can get into fight mode just like that.

BUT I AM THE BOSS, and they know it!
Paulette~
Subject: Re: I want this dog

I am with them most 24/7, so the minute I see a stare,or a posture, or seethe lip curl and ... on top ofthe situation most always. Having two males and five females, it can get into fight mode just likethat.

that's pretty impressive. i can keep up with my two in the same way, stopping things before they start... but any more pups and i'm afraid i'd miss some of their cues. luckily, Lola seems to be accepting that Manu is her boss now, so she's starting to settle down and let him be his pushy, bossy self. i think as they get older it will get easier also.

-kelly
What does this have to do with my statement?

That the issues involved in bringing a large senior dog into a home with younger smaller dogs aren't limited to whether or not the smaller dogs are at risk of injury. Dogs, unfortunately, do not have that much respect for their seniors.
I don't see a risk to the big senior.

As probably the most solipsistic person ever^H^H^H^Hhere, you have an unfortunate tendency to universalize your own experience.

Melinda Shore - Software longa, hardware brevis - (Email Removed)

The image is Adam Smith. The reality is Enron Joseph Stiglitz
Well they are not exactly little dogs, I as thinking 40 pounds and under. So if both of these dogs are not n ice to other dogs then they mightbother the IW and gang up on her.

Naw, it's not that they're not nice to other dogs, they both get along quite well, with each other & other dogs. However, Bodhi plays like a wildman, and Coda likes to play "Fun Police". I could see Bodhi being a total pestering PITA to an older dog, though, even though he does "listen" & pay attention when they've said, "Okay, little boy, I've had enough!"
Shelly & The Boys
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