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Old 07-19-2011, 01:49 PM
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Question Introducing pup to senior dogs

In about a month we'll be bringing home a new puppy. Current dogs are both seniors 10+ of age.

Ally is top dog, a very dominant (spayed) female. She does not get along with other females. We basically haven't had issues with males. I say basically, because within the past year Ally's vision has started to fail. She was getting a bit fear snippy with Mr. Billy because of it. Her doctor prescribed Prozac for her and it's done wonders seemingly helping her cope. She is much calmer and back to her normal self.

Mr. Billy is a submissive, laid back guy (neutered). He's pretty indifferent about other dogs.

Now, these are both former shelter dogs I've had since their adulthood. They have lived together for 9 years. For 6 of those years they had an even more senior brother. They really have not had any puppy exposure. They don't love the smaller dogs we have as neighbors, but that is more a territorial thing.

Woofgang will be a baby puppy when he comes home next month. (He was born June 29.) So it will be a pretty big change for everyone.

We plan on introducing everyone on neutral territory then bringing everyone in the house together. I'll be using gates and things to keep everybody separated and supervised for the beginning.

Any tips and tricks for this kind of introduction? It's been a very long time since I've had a puppy and I've never had a baby so it's all new to me.

Thanks!
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Just a few things...

-I would make sure to provide a 100% puppy-free place (perhaps crates?) for your seniors to go for a break. You may need to teach them to go there when they get overwhelmed with your youngster!

-Make sure you still spend quality time with your current dogs. I find it helps to keep their schedules as regular as possible when intoducing a new dog into the home. I know it can be very tempting to do nothing but fawn over and play with a puppy, but the intro will go much better if resident dogs still get the same amount of attention and exercise that they would normally get!

-Watch your puppy and adults carefully when together. Do not allow your puppy to get overly rough with your adults. I would personally allow the adults to correct the pup when they have had enough. But also make sure that the corrections are fair and not over the top! It can be really hard to know where to draw the line, but you know your dogs best. Trust your instincts! Also, when I introduced my newest dog, I had tab leads on everyone for probably 1 1/2 - 2 weeks just incase I needed to quickly grab someone! It may be helpful to do something similar to make it easy to remove a dog when needed.

-Feed in seperate areas.

-Watch everyone closely around toys and other valuable items.

-Feed/reward for good behavior when in the same room! If you have more than one person in the household, one person can have the puppy on one side of the room/babygate/x-pen/etc. and the other can have the older dogs. Feed really great treats (chicken, steak, cheese,hotdogs, etc.) just for being near each other. They should only get these treats when everyone is together!

-And of course always seperate the dogs when you are not home or are unable to supervise!

I'm sure others will have more advice!
Good luck! Hope everything goes smoothly and please share some photos when you bring Woofgang home!

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Thanks for the things to think about. I think I may move feeding areas from the kitchen to the dining room. It wasn't a problem, but I can see possible issues with the pup needing to pass Ally's dish on the way to the door. There will be more room between everybody in the dining room.

I'll probably ramble endlessly once he's here.

I got a message from Woofgang's caregivers tonight that's he's very adventurous. He is 3 weeks old tomorrow. Must start puppy-proofing soon.
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