Beans may never walk out of the county shelter after he was surrendered by his owner on Sunday in Houston, with the excuse that the five-year-old dog pit bull mix was aggressive to the new dog brought into the home.
Today, Beans became an inconvenience, and a new puppy has now taken his food, his toys, and his soft spot to sleep. Today Beans is just yesterday's trash.
Introducing a new member of the pack by just bringing in a new dog while the other dog(s) are home, is a recipe for disaster and failure. Perhaps Beans saw the intrusion of the new puppy as threatening to his position in the home? After all, Beans had been the only dog for the last five years.
A very angry volunteer writes:
"The owners asked NOT to network Beans, so their friends wouldn't find out what kind of heartless idiots they are. Not happening...."
In Cesar's Way, the correct method of introduction begins with the dogs meeting on a neutral ground and building from there. As with most of Cesar's advice, the process always begins with exercise and long walks for dogs; being physically tired makes it easier for dogs to be less aggressive with each other. Once the dogs are in a "calm state" the gradual introductions may begin. Introducing a new dog into the home is a gradual process and not to be taken casually.
Beans has been neutered and is current on all of his vaccinations. He is reported to be a great dog although no evaluation has been included with his description.
Beans is at the BARC Animal Shelter and Adoption located at 3200 Carr Street in Houston. The hours are:
Tue - Wed: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fri - Sun: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Please refer to #A1104127
Please network the story of Beans to friends, relatives, and coworkers. Don't let this dog become a statistic in a high kill facility because he is a pit bull mix.
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