When we brought home our NEW cockapoo puppy, Cali, our two older dogs were less than enthusiastic. Our husky, Torik, was patiently annoyed, but our big Akita, Connor, strenuously objected to the rambunctious puppy from the beginning. Cali jumped at Connor's face, chased his tail and ran circles around a dog that was five times her size. In response, Connor barked and growled - we were fearful that he would injure her.

We engaged our local dog trainer, who worked with the three dogs for a couple of hours before Cali finally figured out that she owed Connor some respect. As soon as she found the right balance between her puppy playfulness and his authority, they became fast friends.

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