Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Introducing puppy to dog

  1. #1

    Exclamation Introducing puppy to dog

    Hi,

    I am getting a new puppy later this year but I already have another dog. How should I go about introducing them? My dog isn't very friendly, in fact, he tries to bite my friend's puppy and gets jealous of other dogs very easily. Should I be worried? Is it possible that his bad behaviour will rub off on my puppy?

    Thanks in advance,
    Kate

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    VIC
    Posts
    2,789

    Default

    Welcome to the forum!

    I'd suggest you introduce your current dog and pup to each other on neutral territory, so down the street, at a friends place or even a quiet park area. When you say he tries to bite your friends puppy, do you mean play bite too roughly or actual aggressive biting? If your current dog has already displayed aggression towards puppies, why are you getting a puppy without first training your dog to be calm around other dogs? My dog is reactive towards other dogs, and as much as I would loooove to get another dog right now, I won't be doing so until I feel my dog is trained to a point that he can behave around a new dog.

    Yes it is very possible that the bad behaviour will rub off onto your new puppy... probably quite likely actually. I often hear about people who buy a second dog to give their current naughty dog a friend to calm him down... but they just end up with two naughty dogs because the pup learns behaviours from the adult dog. This is another reason I won't get another dog right now... I'd just end up with two reactive dogs.

    You will need to put in a lot of work to teach your current dog to be calm, teach him to sit/drop and stay focussed on you, and when he does so, reward him. I have taught my dog to look at me whenever I say 'Look'. He gets food rewards whenever he will keep his focus on me and not another dog. Crate training would probably be good too, both for the puppy and for your current dog.

    In terms of jealousy, you must not give your new puppy any more attention than your current dog will get. They must have equal amounts of attention otherwise one will become jealous.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Adelaide
    Posts
    12,581

    Default

    I'd be worried but I like worrying.

    Does the breeder know about your problems with your current dog?

    The RSPCA and AWL won't let a dog go to a home where it's not welcome by the current pets and children and cats and etc. They're all expected to show up and spend some play time together so everyone knows what they're in for before they take a dog or puppy home that would just get murdered by their current dog, first chance it gets.

    The main deal is to make sure your current dog knows the new puppy is part of your family pack. If you can do things like getting the puppy to spend time sleeping on an old tshirt and then bring that home for your current dog to sniff and check out.. and feed him lots of treats for being nice and interested in the tshirt smell... so he connects that smell with good things.

    could help.

    Most puppies have a "puppy licence" where an older dog will tolerate some bad behaviour and also set limits eg lots of growly go away noises but not usually actually drawing blood.

    If your dog has actually made a puppy bleed - I would not risk any alone unsupervised time together. I'd want secure and separate places for them to be when you can't supervise (even if you're home).

    I'm the kind of worrier / paranoid person that if I had my dog and a puppy - they'd both be going in crates while I went out to do the shopping or whatever.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Bunbury
    Posts
    1,378

    Default

    I would not get a second dog if the first one needs some work on their behaviour, very stressful otherwise.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Geelong, Vic
    Posts
    871

    Default

    You shouldnt be getting a puppy until you get control over your existing dog. Best case scenario is your puppy learns that bad behavior, worst case is puppy at the vet getting multiple stitches.

    I can give you all the advice under the sun, but without control over the existing dog you're not heading in the right direction.
    http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c11/Mali_nut/K9LOGO.jpg

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Adelaide
    Posts
    12,581

    Default

    BettyRubble

    Moved your post to a new thread
    http://www.dogforum.com.au/puppy-dis...y-old-dog.html

    as it contains some overlap but some separate problems and you're more likely to get posts in response to your post if you have a new thread because people who think they have already responded to this one might not see your post otherwise.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •