Until now, I've not had much contact with wise dog owners - but plenty of people giving advice. Maybe this forum has better information for me.
Anyway, We've owned 2 small breed male dogs for the last 3 years and they've thrived but as we're moving to a much bigger property, we decided that we need to upgrade our pack a little.
Our original 2 dogs are now 4 years old, neutered and about Jack Russel sized, maybe a bit bigger. They're of the same litter but with completely different personalities, get along and enjoy romping round the garden and walks. Very alert but slightly scared and even now, we have some accidents at night round the house especially when it's raining outside.
We took the SPCA's advice and got a larger dog, female (soon to be spayed) so as not to have too much maleness around. I prefer female dogs as toilet training is easier. She's a rescue pup that we got at 6 weeks (1 week ago) and she's doing great - toilet trained - except the odd night-time accident. As far as we know, she's a labrador x ridgeback and was 3.2kg at just under 7 weeks. We're feeding her 50g of Kibble 3x / day, increasing every 3rd day by 5g at the moment.
The first few nights went OK. Normally my dogs sleep outside so it's a bit of a treat for them to sleep on a pillow in the kitchen. The first few days, there was a lot of wimpering outside and frequent visits inside but we got through that. She now spends 4h at a time with the other 2 dogs outside, giving me a chance to do some work.
The other dogs won't let her in the kennel yet - so I need some advice there. They're starting to play with her but we're heading into winter and I don't think I should be getting another kennel for a while. She does sleep on a pillow outside during the day and Tramp, the smaller male seems to enjoy playing with her a lot so maybe the dynamic will change in time. Simba is more serious and dominant and tolerates her but luckily, there is only some growling and spineless snapping and no damage is actually happening in their scuffles.
The big problem at the moment is that it seems that the older dogs are taking advantage of things and may be producing the odd night-time poo - which they haven't done for a while. I can't be certain however without doing some investigative work... Who does that?
Anyway, pointers would be welcome. I can't see any stickys in this forum so hopefully you'll all point me in the right direction.
PS I'm in South Africa so we're going into winter here where the daily highs are around 20C and night-time drops to 8C