We have had Bob, a mini-doxie, for six years now. In that time he has lost two doxie pals - a female standard and a female mini. Bob is fixed, btw. Last night we introduced Max to Bob - a male mini doxie just 8 weeks old. Bob doesn't seem to be too happy with Max. Normally Bob sleeps curled up in our bed between my wife and I near our heads. There was plenty of room for Bob there last night as the puppy slept on the outside of the bed with my wife. But Bob wasn't having any of it. He lay all the way at our feet and wold not budge no matter how much we called.
What can I do to make Bob understand that Max is not competition and that they are part of the same pack?
We have had Bob, a mini-doxie, for six years now. In that time he has lost two doxie pals - ... I do to make Bob understand that Max is not competition and that they are part of the same pack?

Hi there,
You never said how you introduced the two or how you are handling the newcomer in front of Bob. Is it possible that you are making too much of a fuss (naturally, who can resist an 8 week old pupper) in front of Bob? Make sure Bob is getting even more attention than usual. First for attention, first to be fed, first up on the bed, first out the door (after you, of course).
Congratulations on the puppy!
We have had Bob, a mini-doxie, for six years now. ... competition and that they are part of the same pack?[/nq]Well, you know adjustments like a new addition to the household don't take place in a single day. And a middle-aged adult male (neutered or not) isn't likely to be wild about a baby puppy. Redirect the pup when he annoys Bob, and if Bob tells the pup to get out of his face, as long as it's a snark and not an attack (doesn't injure pup), I'd let it be. That's perfectly normal behavior.

Make sure that Bob has a chance to get away from the pup when he becomes "too much" A little classical conditioning might be in order here. When the puppy is present, Bob gets good treats and lots of attention. When the puppy is not around, you are kind of neutral towards Bob for a few days. So, soon puppy=good stuff. No puppy = boring. Sandy in OK