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Old 12-25-2009, 10:09 PM
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I have a neighbor who has a puppy that I'm guessing is about 4 - 5 months old now. It's a German Shepard. My little guy is about 10 weeks old. Would it be wise to have them get together to play or are the age differences too much? If it's ok to get them together, what's the best way to introduce them? I'm just worried about the size difference.
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it honestly could go either way...you'd just have to try it...

my 10 wk old pup at 3 or so pounds...really would give my 45lb pit bull a run for her money...she was excellent with him....so it is possible



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how big is your pup? I have a 5 month old german shepherd and he's already 55lbs., so if your dog is much smaller, you might want to watch them carefully. make sure you ask your neighbor if he's UTD on all shots so that there's not risk spreading and infections or viruses to your pup since he's still young. otherwise, when introducing, make both dogs sit or lie down a few feet apart so they can get a wiff of the other and calm down. only let them progress towards each other if they're calm. no lunging or barking. could take many repititions, it does with my pup, but as long as you don't give in, they'll both learn quick that they have to be calm to meet new friends.
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You always want to watch careful. Have a hose or bucket of water ready, that's helpful if a fight happens.

The dog should be UTD on vaccines and well socialized as well-ideals.

Also make sure you both understand dog body language and proper dog play. It won't be helpful if your screaming and breaking up normal dog play. And it wont' be good to miss signs of aggression. So if you aren't sure, let us know we can point you to some resources on dog behavior and play.

But I'd try it for sure. Size doesn't matter. My bf's mom takes her chi's to the dog park. They are particularly in love with a big golden retriever-who is more then 10x their weight. Mikey is 40lbs and plays with 2lb'ers and 200lb's -size doesn't matter UNLESS they fight-which you want to prevent
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It depends entirely on the dogs. My husky/lab mix plays great with my mother's PC Cavalier, but my other large dog does not. Get the dogs together under a controlled situation and see how they relate. Look for positive signs such as the play bow and upright tails. All you can do is try it and see.

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