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I'm hoping that in the very near future I will be adopting a new puppy and I am already brushing up on the finer points of housebreaking a puppy. But a thought came to my mind that I'm not sure I have the answer to.

I already have one dog, Bandit. He's 2 years old and was my first dog. So while I have experience in housebreaking a puppy..well that's just it, housebreaking A puppy. I realized that Bandit could possibly pose a problem to the strict schedule of a puppy. I know that if I were outside with the puppy and left Bandit inside he would stand at the window and bark incessantly until we come back in. On the flip side, if I take Bandit out every time the puppy goes out, won't the puppy be too distracted by Bandit to do its business? There could also be a problem inside with crating the puppy...I would definitely crate train the puppy to aid in housebreaking, but I think Bandit would get frustrated when he doesn't have access to the puppy [being in his/her crate].

Long story short...does anyone have advice on housebreaking a puppy with another dog in the house? How can I adhere to the strict schedule of a puppy while still making sure Bandit gets the walks he needs and bonding/playtime he needs? Am I overthinking this whole thing?
 

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In my experience it is mostly a help to have an older dog around as the puppy will tinkle when the older dog does because potty is very social for dogs. Yes crate the puppy as usual. The other dog may lie nearby and will keep the puppy company.
 

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So then would you suggest taking Bandit out whenever I take the puppy out? Bandit won't distract him or her from doing their business? The only reason I think this would be the case is Bandit is -very- playful. If he's outside with another dog, it's playtime, and if the other dog doesn't want to then Bandit barks at them.
 

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So then would you suggest taking Bandit out whenever I take the puppy out? Bandit won't distract him or her from doing their business? The only reason I think this would be the case is Bandit is -very- playful. If he's outside with another dog, it's playtime, and if the other dog doesn't want to then Bandit barks at them.
You will have to see how it goes. Generally the novelty factor of having a new puppy to play with will diminish the more time they get together.

I have raised several puppies with the help of adult dogs and although there is sometimes the distraction factor overall the example from the adult about potty time and place is helpful. At first i always kept the puppy on leash until he pottied then would unclip and let them play as a reward.
 

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Sounds like i'm worrying over nothing haha. As you said, we'll see how it goes : ) Can I pick your brain though? Do you have any other advice about bringing a puppy into a home with another dog?
 

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Well lets see...

Use a crate for the puppy.. A lot! The puppy will need rest and will not have the sense to take a nap without being put in the crate. The adult dog will also need plenty of time off from the puppy as puppies can be annoying because they never stop.

Spend time on the floor with both dogs giving them treats and rewarding them for calm behavior... Help them play gently by being calm with them and gently separate for breaks if they get too rough.

Over tired puppies have no self control so its crate-nap time when the baby gets too wild.

Thats starters ;)
 

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Check out the albums in my profile for pics of each of our dogs as puppies growing up with an older mentor if you are interested. :)
 
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