My adult female Bichon, Fluffy, lived with a Golden Retriever for six years. They never played together, but there was no fighting. Our Golden died a few years ago, and I’ve been thinking that Fluffy would like a playmate, so I got a new female Bichon puppy. Fluffy does not like this puppy — she growls and snaps when the puppy comes near.
And here’s another thing — Fluffy has always loved people, but now that we have a puppy she wants nothing to do with us.
If Fluffy will remain upset, I will honor her wishes and find a new home for the puppy. If it is not to late to fix this, can we start over? What is the best way to introduce a new puppy to our existing dog? What is your suggestion?
Citizen Canine trainers and dog owners, what advice would you give this distraught owner?