Okay, background info:
We have an 8 year old sheltie. Completely dominant female, even tried to be dominant over me but after alot of work and some skirmishes she finally accepts me as dominant - took about 4-5 years but now we coexist peacefully.
I will probably be bringing her up to college with me in the fall since I will be getting an apartment and would like a companion. I decided it would be a bad idea for me to buy or adopt a dog because in 3 years I will most likely be moving to yet another state for college and vet school allows very LITTLE time for anything, and I don't want to neglect the animal. Our sheltie will probably be going back to live with my mom when i go to vet school, saving she is still with us.
So, since I will be taking our sheltie up to college with me I don't want to leave my mom without a companion - she needs someone to take care of her
nah, just to keep her busy.
So this summer we will be looking for a dog for her. We used to have a cocker spaniel who was a very submissive dog and they got along quite well, but we gave her up a while ago due to time issues. This last summer we tried to introduce a pit-bull (no idea WHAT she really was) puppy (4-6mo) to her for a couple days. Our sheltie was extremely aggressive towards her. The puppy was very hyper and wanted to play but i guess our sheltie took it the wrong way, this puppy wasn't that submissive.
So, we know we need to find a submissive dog in order for these two to coexist. My mom really doesn't want to get a male, even though they are usually more submissive than females - so we are going to have a FUN *sarcasm* time trying to find a submissive female.
Now the real question, these two dogs would only be around each other during the summer, and some breaks during school for the first couple years. How do we go about introducing them and re-introducing them and such? Anyone have experience with two dogs living together part-time?
What would be the best way to introduce our extremely dominant - stuck in her ways old gal to a younger submissive animal? (OH we're going to try to get a dog thats 1-3 years old, that way its mostly out of its puppy phase and not SO hyper but still young).