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    Hi All, We pick up our new Lab puppy in 2 weeks and im very excited, but I was just wondering what would be the best way to introduce him to a very excitable labrador LOL. We took Angus with us to meet the new baby Hamish and Angus checked him out and was quite excited about the whole thing but i know he can get a boystruss with something new, he doesn't have a jelious bone in his body which is great but I want to make it nice experience for Hamish and I don't want him to get frightened by crazy Angus LOL. Just wondering how other people have gone introducing new dogs into the family and whether you interacted them slowly giving them a couple hours together then separate them for a break ect? Thanks

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    One thing I always do is take the current dog for a good long walk, really takes the edge of them.

    Next I introduce normally out the front of my house. Current dog on a lead then with puppy in my arms and some treats to it's nose to distract it I bend down presenting the information end of puppy to the current dog so that it can get all the info it desires without having to chase puppy down.

    I'll keep the older dogs on a lead for a while and we walk around the yard, make sure lead remains nice and lose.

    I don't leave young pups alone with older boisterous dogs in case they accidentially get hurt. So when I go out they go into our mesh dog run where they can still interract thru the fencing.

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    When I first brought Bella home I left her on my lap and sat of the floor while Harley investigated. He was quite the opposite and was like "WTF is this thing". I didn't leave them alone for about a month though and it took a week or two before he would even let her touch him! He is just a little odd ball though

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    I do the intro off property. ( our breeder is used to us doing it at her place, but any clean place will do) And I sit on the ground and have the older dogs at the same level. Mine are very obedient and do not have to be on lead, but an exited happy lab would go on lead.

    We have taught our dogs to play gently with puppie, it means play happens whilst the older dog is lying down. It really works. As soon as it changes we move the older dog away a little and ask to lie down again.I treat a lot during this period. We also give the pups quiet time in their crate or just in another room. It is very important to give the older dog a lot of affection, even a little more as per usual. So that no green-eyed monster comes forth.
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    I dont make a fuss at all. IMO, sometimes you can make the situation tense by making it into ome sort of military operation, or hard core procedure.

    This is essentially how our intro's go, and it wa slast performed with 8 week old Pippi and 5 year old Barney:

    1. Get out of car with new puppy.
    2. Let pup sniff round the house for 10 minutes.
    3. Let the older dog in.

    Sorted. Away they go. I dont use leads, I dont do it in a special area. Nothing. I just bring the pup home and bring the big dog in and that is it. Then apart from when we are not home (depending on the dog as youll see below) they are together all the time from the start.

    Depending ont he older dog, I may or may not leave them alone together when we are not home. For example, when we got Barney, we had Chevy who was placid as, so Barney was left withher when we were out from day dot. However, when we got Pippi, she was tiny (could fit in ya hand) and Barney is about 40kgs so for a couple of months Pippi wasnt allowed to be left out with him when we were out, because she was so small. I dont think there was any need to be worried though, she absolutely loves being thrown around and really getting rough (I will have to post a vid one day) ut Barney is still super super gentle with her no matter how "mean" shegets.

    Also new pups sleep with us for the first couple of weeks, which means the older dog does too. Then they sleep together. So even though Pippi wasnt allowed to be outside with Barney when we were at work, she did sleep with him at night time right after she stopped sleeping in our bed.

    They are completely insepaable now...well Barney likes to get away from her a bit, but she just adores her big brother

    Its up to you how you want to do your introduction, and I am a bit different to what most people recommend, but my advice is, dont make a fuss. The older dog should trust you enough to just accept the new dog IMO.

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    I think with the over the top full on lab, you may still have to use a lead, or the puppy might get bowled over and possibly injured in play.......It is not the aggression you will have to worry about with your happy lab, but the accidental injuries....just take care
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    Barney is essentially a lab, and he is extremely boisterous (still at 7...god when will it stop LOL). IMO, most dogs know how to behave around pups and that a bit of gentleness is needed.....

    I mean, no lead used at our place and the pup we were introducing him to was tiny...i.e. could fit in his mouth with his mouth shut so the potential for injuries is definitely there.

    I guess what I am saying is, the potential for accidental injuries is real, but most dogs generally know to be a bit careful when there is a pup round. Especially during the introduction...I think the real risk of accidental injury comes later, after the intro is out of the way, theyve decided they are gonna be buddies, and they start playing.

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