07-30-2013, 09:34 PM
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We got a 15 week old puppy in March when my older pup was 11 months old. I actually wish we waited. I LOVE both my dogs, but I think the older one regressed a bit. She and I were strongly bonded, but now my time and attention is split. I read somewhere that 2-3 years was a good age to add another, and I can see how that would be accurate. They would be confident in their position in the family and not feel threatened by then. I definitely feel like tesla feels threatened by Jackson. At first he was very submissive, but he's becoming less so with age and that's hard on her. It will work out in the end, I'm sure, but I do wish I'd waited.
There are things I didn't even realize about the first dog when I got the second. She's very alert to her environment, for example. When she tenses up passing another dog, the pup started grabbing and yanking her leash. She then escalated. Now she's more reactive than she ever had been, and he learns that from her. I'm now walking them separately, and working on undoing the reactivity with both, while working on all the puppy stuff with him. There was no way to predict that. She was a perfectly behaved dog before. Obviously every situation is different, but you can't always predict the dynamic. The older dog is still developing at this point too, and I find it exhausting to keep up with both of them!