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havery 01-04-2014 02:34 PM

Introducing an older dog into the house?
I have a 16 month old GSD female and we're looking at adopting a 7 year old GSD male. I feel like the older, well trained dog would be a good, possibly calming influence on her, as well as a good companion. Anyway, I'm looking for tips to make this transition as smooth as possible for all parties involved. We're going out to meet him either tonight or tomorrow and decide, then what? I'll talk to the owner of the male when we meet, he's a breeder and will help, and I know he wants to come to our house and inspect and meet our dog before agreeing to the adoption. My female is very high drive and sometimes has issues with her "off button." The male, from what I've been told, is easy going, calm, and has never shown aggression to another animal. Any tips would be welcome, I've done this before, but not with such a high drive breed, my other dogs just said, "Oh, hi there." And went on about their business lol.

Mary Beth 01-04-2014 09:47 PM

Introduce them first in a neutral setting, like a park. Since the breeder is willing to help, he could meet you there with the male dog.

havery 01-06-2014 10:43 AM

Well, day 1 went well! There wasn't any major aggression, just a few snarls and posturing at first, then when we went home she got put in her place over a tennis ball he brought with him but they immediately stepped back with a firm "nien" from me (thankfully he's trained in German as well), so they weren't uncontrollable. He's definitely showing the pup who's alpha, but I'm keeping them under a close eye today to make sure it doesn't get out of hand. I think her limitless energy annoys him more than anything, and she's never had a doggie companion before.

Mary Beth 01-06-2014 03:53 PM

Great the first day went well. Hopefully she will settle down after the newness wears off. Otherwise, you may to consider giving the older male a break time when she pesters him and before he gets annoyed. There is quite an age and energy difference between the 2 dogs sorta of like a college student and a forty-year old adult.

havery 01-06-2014 11:11 PM

Yeah, we definitely give him a break, it's easy to tell when he needs it! I think they'll be good for each other in the long run. She gives him the exercise he needs to stay healthy and he is a good solid training influence on her.

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