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Old 04-06-2013, 09:21 PM
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Tips on how to introduce my new puppy to my Older doggie

Bentley is going to be a big brother!!!! We are getting another cavie, a female Black and tan, we are naming her Velvet.
She comes home on the 17th, our trainer says the walk around the neighborhood is essential before even walking through the door.. but I am confused how I am supposed to walk Bentley and an 8 week old not leash trained yet, only had her first puppy vaccine pup around the block... is this really a good idea? Also any other ideas, I got her, her own toys already and set them aside where Bentley can't get them.. bed ect.. advice so I have a game plan would be great!

I am so excited and the days are going by slow..10 days left, give or take.
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They advise a walk together is the best idea. I think it depends on the individual resident doggie. If your dog is already reasonably sociable with other dogs and not incredibly territorial about your yard, that's another option...

Callie is around 1 year and Sophie is about 5 years old. I knew that taking a walk together would not be a good idea. Sophie is highly reactive to any number of things in public. But in her own backyard she feels safe. I introduced Callie by bringing him into the side gate of the yard and bringing her through the house to the yard. Then I sat on the steps and held my breath.

We were just very lucky. Sophie saw Callie and sniffed a bit, then broke into a big goofy grin and play bowed. Poor guy had just been neutered that morning, but managed a good game of tag before they both fell in the grass together panting.

You know your older dog, I feel that sometimes you can go with your gut about such things. You want to err on the side of caution too. I was prepared for the worst like her trying to beat on him too. Try to brainstorm some meeting options of your own, an 8 week old puppy isn't a one year old but you'll find a way that works for you.
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Thanks, Bentley is well socialized but sometimes likes a good hump at the dog park or when playing with other dogs, not with puppies though. He is friendly, and doesn't make much of a fuss except excitement when we have guests.. He just wants to play when the neighbors dog is out, on the other side of the fence, he always tries to sniff her through the fence, while she gets all mad that he might enter her territory (she is more territorial than he is)
Maybe I will just put them on the sidewalk out side and see what happens (leashed of course) I was going to take Bentley when I pick her up, cause I have to take a long trip to get her most likely, so they will meet and be in the car together. but when we get onto our property I was told to still do the walk.
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I personally don't think the neighborhood walk is necessary (and I wouldn't risk it). Are you picking her up at the breeders'? If so, I would ask them if Bentley can get out there and do a meet n'greet. If you want to intro them on another neutral property, perhaps you can take them to some friends' or your parents' yard (with no parvo history) and let them meet. Otherwise, between the meet at the breeders', smelling/seeing each other during the car ride, and a meeting in your front yard, you should be good. I wouldn't feel comfortable taking a pup that young on a neighborhood walk or anywhere that is commonly used public grounds.

After the initial intro, I'd still recommend keeping them separated (but within sight, if all is going well) unless you are actively supervising. It might help during the latter times, too, if you have on or both drag a leash for any quick removals. Lots of treats and use of a positive interrupter, and no tense leashes. Pups can be brats to their new older companions, plus it's quite an adjustment for some dogs, so pay close attention to Bentley for signs of stress. Make sure he is getting extra attention/play/treats on his own, but also try to incorporate the new pup into some those fun times, too.

Some people recommend letting both dogs settle in, knowing there is another dog in the house for a few days, before actually letting them spend time together, but frankly, I'm too impatient for that. I just do closely supervised interactions and separate them when breaks are needed.
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I think I am going that route Crock, I am way too nervous about the risk of parvo. It depends honestly, how she is getting here is up inthe air at the moment. I will know more in a week or so. She is pretty far away if her sister comes out this way she has a ride with the breeder, here in a car, if not DH and I might drive all the way out there, make it a mini trip. We will take Bentley along too. So it just depends. If she gets a ride here, I will do the front lawn meet and greet. (our neighbors leave dog poop around all the time, it is disgusting)

Then I plan to have a safe area gated off with a play yard for the puppy (same route I went with Bentley when he was a puppy for house training.) I will have to get that set up this week actually. They can sniff through the play yard, and have supervised play with me.. I plan to take both out to the back yard to potty together so Bentley can show Velvet what to do
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I also think I am going to go the drag lead route for play time. Both will just wear their leads when they are together. Good idea. I know Bentley will play nice, I think the bigger concern will be Bentley having to share me at his house, he gets a bit possessive of me when I am home and petting the cats or something, he will start barking at the cat, but he is afraid of her lol he knows claws hurt. lol. He gets it though, he is never possessive of me with the kids, he is fully aware they my kids come before him.. but it is like he wants to make sure he is the favorite furry family member

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He doesn't care if we are out and I pet another dog though.
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