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Old 03-14-2011, 07:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Introducing new male puppy to older 11 yr old female

I currently have an 11 yr old female GSD. Two weeks a go I put down my 12 yr. old male GSD. ( Very Sad) We will be getting a male puppy at the end of June; the puppy will be 8 weeks. I am a little worried about how Nikki, my female is going to take to the new puppy. Nikki is not the easiest going dog- not bad but sometimes (has only happened a few times) she has some trouble around other dogs initially. Once she warms up to the other dogs for a minute or two she is ok. She has not been around a puppy in years. Any advice?

Nikki is used to being around puppies- she had a litter herself about 9 years a go and was a great mon.
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Old 03-14-2011, 07:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Puppies usually get a "pass" from older dogs. I would introduce them off your property and don't let the pup maul Nikki. Those little puppy teeth are sharp and Nikki won't want her face chewed, I'm sure.
I would limit their interaction, somewhat, normal puppy crating times when you can't supervise, etc. and make sure Nikki gets plenty of attention.
Nikki will probably correct puppy so let that play out, while you supervise.

7 week old Onyx came into Clovers life when Clover was 12 and it went ok til Onyx was about 6 months, then she started herding Clover and being a bully to her. I had to manage Onyx constantly and she won the crate game often.
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