Big thing is to make sure take that NEW puppy away from the house and other dogs to train and socialize with the humans in the family. Too easy for it to become 'doggy' otherwise and more connected to the family members with 4 legs rather then 2.
So being proactive and making playdates, joining puppy classes then dog classes, and just realizing that packing up the pup and driving to somewhere new WITHOUT the other 2 older dogs is key.
Thanks, that makes a lot of sense, I think I'm going to have to take pup out alone and with different combinations of two, as three on leads would be a lot, I weigh less than the combined weight of the two we already have! That said, we are lucky enough to have a couple of acres, and farms / beaches for off-lead excersise, so it' not that often they are on the lead..
I agree also with the idea of socializing the pup separately. We are always slightly amused, but very pleased that anyone who comes onto our propertygets a happy, friendly greeting from the dogs. I don't want that to change, so will put extra effort into getting the pup used to people. I do a bit of obedience with the GSD already, so the pup will do the same.
I guess just anything about the dynamics of three to look out for, your experiences, good or bad.. I'm already thinking about an allocated space for the pup to rest, especially of we're not around, as the two big guys could probably do a bit of damage playing with a pup.
The two dogs at the moment have their place in the family sorted, and I'm interested to know how best to introduce a new member. At the moment the dobie, is just big and busy, he listens when he's called, and is happy just to follow his nose. He and the GSD play together lots, but if I call one or other of them, they break away an come, every time, and I'd like this to continue when there are three. I guess one on one training is the key there..I'm waffling, but yes, just anything you wish you'd been told or learned the hard way as your pack increased!