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Lonely, antisocial dog

Bonnie is a 5 yo staffy x. She wasn’t well socialised as a puppy and now she has a weird relationship with other dogs. She shows no interest in them when we’re out in public, and at home she’s okay as long as she doesn’t feel like her space is crowded or her ‘authority’ as top dog is compromised. However, she has showed aggressive behaviour towards cohabiting dogs in the past.

Since we moved house a few months ago and Bonnie now an only dog, I’ve noticed she’s become listless and a bit depressed. I’m considering adopting an older male dog to keep each other company, and am speaking to rescue groups about available dogs who are placid and docile and won’t provoke B by being too pushy or energetic.

What’s your experience of introducing new dogs to each other who are used to being #1? Is there anything I can do to make it an easier change for both of them, or is this just a terrible idea from the start


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