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    Hey people,

    I'm new to this forum. I found it randomly but seems pretty good so I thought I'd sign up.

    So my family have a 6 year old female black labrador cross who is an absolute sweetie pie. We've been considering getting another dog for a while and recently decided to get a lab puppy. We will be getting it soon, so I've been researching the best way to introduce the two dogs.

    The tips i've found online are good, but I'm still a little concerned.

    My current dog is the sweetest dog in the world and would never bite a human, but she isn't well socialised with other dogs and tends to think any other dog is her enemy on a walk. While I knew her very well and have faith that she will cope with this change, I'm concerned that she will initially show agression towards the puppy like she does with other dogs.

    Has anyone had experience with introducing a puppy to an existing dog, or have any tips about this? Are dogs generally more tolerant of puppies than fully grown dogs?

    I love my dog to bits and really want this to work out!

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    Find a nutural place to introduce them, so your older dog doesn't feel she needs to be territorial. Just introduce them as you would if it was a strangers dogs.
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    Most adult dogs want to have a good sniff of the new comer and of course this can be scary for a little puppy so I find the best method is to put the older dog on a lead and have someone handle that dog.

    Then with puppy in your arms and some treats, roast chicken or such, kneel down and present the information end of the puppy to the older dog for it to sniff, at the same time feed the puppy tiny pcs of treats.

    This saves the older dog having to chase down the puppy so it can find out it's age, sex etc.

    Another thing I always do before bringing a new puppy home is to take the older dog for a really good walk, this takes the edge of them for when the meeting takes place. Make sure high value items have been removed, like food bowls, favourite toys, bones etc.

    When I bring a new dog home they first meet off home turf, normally on the nature strip of the house two doors down. This is where I do the kneel down.

    When we get home I keep treats in my pocket to call away the older dog if it gets too rough. And I don't introduce them in too big an area.

    If things get too rough try not to pick up puppy as this tends to make the older dog jump to sniff it and you to draw back signaling to puppy that the older dog is something to be afraid of. This is where you use your treats.

    I then treat both dogs pretty much as equals with the exception of high value items to the older dog, which normally in my house is food and pats so the older dogs bowl will be put down first and it will be the first one to be patted. The older dog should naturally be the leader of the two dogs and I let them sort that out.

    Be careful that puppy doesn't rush the bowl of the older dog as it will be used to eating with it's litter mates.

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    Thanks for your reply These tips are really helpful.

    I will be sure to put my dog on a lead and have lots of little treats on hand. Taking the dog for a big walk should help too because she's always tired out afterwards and wants to sleep.

    I'm going to pick my puppy tomorrow. So excited!

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    good luck.
    we had a pup stay for a day. Had no chance to arrange any of the usual preliminary's.
    I was so fretful my dinner plates for meat GSD would crush our teeny tiny staffy pup guest.
    Nobody told the pup to be scared, he must of missed that memo, was swinging off the 8 months old bush tail and biting his chops non stop. Bernie thought it was great fun!

    I realised, i dont want 2 dogs lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by charliesangel View Post
    Thanks for your reply These tips are really helpful.

    I will be sure to put my dog on a lead and have lots of little treats on hand. Taking the dog for a big walk should help too because she's always tired out afterwards and wants to sleep.

    I'm going to pick my puppy tomorrow. So excited!
    How is it going with the new puppy?

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    Here's little Jasper



    It's going well, and he's a very sweet boy. My other dog is doing pretty well with it but she's a bit annoyed because he's taking up a lot of our time (though we're making sure she gets lots of attention). She growls at him a bit, but she doesn't try to bite him, and they are getting more and more used to eachother as the days go on.

    One thing i'm a little concerned about though is Charlie (older dog) sometimes puts her mouth around his neck when he tries to play with her. She doesnt bite or anything but just growls and puts her mouth around him. Is this a dominance thing? Sometimes it's hard to tell whether they're playing or Charlie is telling it to piss off. lol.

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    What a freakin' cutie!

    As for the mouthing of the neck, I would say its a dominance thing.
    Is Jasper rolling over or anything?
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    such a cute pup.
    i think you've made a dreadful mistake, and should bring her to me immediately lol
    enjoy your new addition.

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    How did the introduction go?

    When introducing a new pup to an older dog -- some dogs are aggressive towards new dogs than humans. Hopefully your dog is okay with both!

    Usually using a neutral place like the park is a good place to introduce. Or letting your dog get used to the new puppy's smell is a good idea too. Use a cloth and rub it against the puppy and let your dog smell the cloth.

    When actually introducing them to stay in one roof, always supervise at first to see how both react. Make sure that the puppy has a way to get out of the room if and when the bigger dog becomes aggressive.

    I hope everything went well though!!!

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