We have had one Maltese (male) for about three years now who does not like to be near other dogs or new people – He is very playful and sociable with my husband and me, but the minute he is around another dog or new people, his mood changes. He shys away from people and will not go near other dogs. He loves little kids and will eventually go up to people as he gets to “know” them. However, the “being around other dogs” issue has not gone away at all. No matter how many times he is around other dogs (even the same ones over and over), he freaks out and does not want to have anything to do with them. Recently, we added a new puppy (a female maltese – 10 weeks) to our family to help him out with this problem. I would like him to be used to and play with other dogs. So far, this is not working. Since we got her (about 2 days ago), he will not eat or play with us like he usually does.
Answer by ParisLynn16
Sometimes it takes a long time for older dogs that have been the “only dog” to warm up to toher animals. It’s good that the new puppy is small. I think it will be easier on him rather than a big dog. Eventually he’ll warm up to her.