Hey guys, looking for some help getting everyone comfortable since a new dog has joined my home.
I've had a dog for three years. He's a medium-sized beagle mix, about 6 years old. He's pretty lazy. When we go to the dog park, he typically does his own thing, just goes sniffing and walking around. Sometimes when there are large groups of dogs playing, he'll just get near the group and bark. He'll do the same with individual dogs sometimes, just barking in their faces and not really playing per se. He has done a little bit of chasing and a very little bit of typical doggy rough housing. Mostly at home he likes to lay around and bark at people passing by, though he sometimes likes to play tug of war and a bit of rough housing with us. He's extremely docile to the point where I literally believe he would get murdered before biting back and drawing blood on someone.
Recently, my wife has been insistent about getting another dog. I like our current dog, but honestly I never would've gotten him if I was alone, and I certainly didn't want another one. Finally I just gave up and said we could get one.
The one she chose is a small dog, a chihuahua mix for sure, possibly with dachshund. Probably about a year old. When they met, it was very obvious that the new little dog was at a much higher energy level than our first dog. The little one was biting at the beagle's neck and ears a lot, and the he wasn't really doing much back. Actually just trying to hide behind us and getting on his back. I was uncomfortable about this, and suggested that they might not be compatible, but the adoption lady and my wife shrugged it off, and we ended up getting the new dog.