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I adopted a 14 week old puppy almost a week ago and my 4 year old German Shepherd is been miserable since.
My Shepherd (Paddy) is normally a very happy dog. He loves other dogs and is great with pups. I have dog say my friends pup several times and they have played all day and Paddy has even looked disappointed when he has gone home. I bought this pup thinking he would be thrilled with the live in playmate. I couldn't have been more wrong. He has shown no signs of aggression and if anything, acts almost afraid of her moving away quickly if she comes anywhere near him. The pup is unbelievably good. She is not annoying the way most pups could be, jumping up to play or bothering him when he is just wanting to rest. Everyone tells me it will just take time and he will get used to her and grow to love her. In the meantime it is upsetting me how withdrawn he is becoming. I feel I am doing everything I should...I am not overly affectionate to the pup in front of him. I am showering Paddy with all the love he has always had. I am careful not 'pander' too much to him and trying my best to remain pack leader of them both. I am giving them both plenty of exercise and incorporating crated time for the pup to give Paddy some alone time with me...both at home and out walking or in the car. I am at the stage now where I feel Paddy is just being a spoilt brat and wonder if I should be correcting him in any way, and if so, how?? Is there any advice anyone can offer to help me with this situation? I am trying to keep a calm positive energy but inside it is breaking my heart. Any advice will be much appreciated
 

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he'll get used to it.
make sure you spend enough time with him without the puppy.
Like walking them seperately (a healthy adult Schäfi just has other needs when it comes to exercise than a small puppy) and training them seperately.
It's not always about affection.
Perhaps your dog is bored and needs more exercise, training and "alone time" with you.
Some dogs also don't like when you mess around with their daily schedule and a new puppy will probably change that.
give him time to adjust to the new schedule and overall the new situation.
like a few weeks or months.
 

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I am making sure we have walks just the two of us each day, so hopefully he will come round soon. I really hope he doesn't keep this up for months, I can't stand it! Time does seem to be the answer everyone is giving though. Thank you
 

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It took 3 months for my hound to accept my last pup. They are best buds now. That does not mean your dogs will be. Just like humans you meet , you don't like them all. It is the same with dogs.
 

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A week is too short to be expecting them to be best buds. There are people where their pets got along from the beginning and others where it took a little longer. I'd stick with it a little longer and see if your first dog comes around with the pup. Have you tried having them together outside your home? Maybe being on neutral ground will help him more accepting?? Just a thought.
 
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