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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-22-2014, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
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introducing new puppy

I've been searching through old posts but cant seem to find any info on bringing in a new puppy. I'm sure its been asked before.. We have time - he wont be here until the end of Aug. but I'd like to read up on this. My female is a bit dog reactive so I'm nervous about the introduction. Any thoughts?
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One of ours is selectively reactive, she's fine with some, others not so much. When we were about to bring Ranger home (just shy of 4 months old) we decided to do it on neutral territory as a precaution, turned out she loves him... Well she did at one time anyways, now he's a pain in her butt lol! Are you looking for a male?
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Yes, we have a male coming. The breeder expects the puppies to be ready in aug. She doesn't breed often and has a wait list so we are pretty excited.

Did you keep them separate until the puppy was older? I'm just unsure about the best way to handle the puppy trying to climb all over her and everything that goes along with puppies. I've made some mistakes with my female and just not looking to repeat..
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We kept Ranger crated when we could not supervise them, otherwise he was out and about with our two females. He was almost 4 mo, potty trained and had some basic OB when we got him, he's also very confident. When play got too rough, Tuke our goofball, had no problem correcting him, always quick, firm, and proportionate to the offense. Zoey the dog I mentioned earlier seemed to look to us when she'd had enough of him, but after being with us for a month or so, she decided his puppy pass had expired.

Every dog is different so it's tough to say how yours will react. Having your dog meet the pup on neutral ground could help. I've heard others bringing home something with the new pups smell prior to the homecoming.
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What I did with one dog I had is I took a crate and placed it where the new puppy crate was going to be a week before I brought the puppy home. My dog got used to that crate sitting there. I then introduced them at a place my older dog has never been. My husband and I drove separately. Then when we took the puppy home he went to the crate and the dog laid in front of it sniffing the puppy out and the puppy just I'd let the puppy out after the older dog calmed down and we played with the older dog as the puppy walked out of the crate. They did seem to be fine but I watched the two like a hawk!

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Puppies usually get a 'pass' and most dogs will tolerate the puppy.
Both of my females are fairly reactive and dog aggressive, but they are ok with puppies. I firmly let them know they need to be gentle during the introduction stage, and supervise all interactions.
I'd never want a puppy to feel bullied by another dog, and would remove the pup from any situation that could take away that confidence.
Like posted by Nigel, they are all different but most often puppies tend to get away with things that any other dog would not.
I think the teenage phase is more of an issue, especially if you have same gender dogs living together and there is a challenge for the higher positions in the pack.

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Some good tips have been posted. Apparently I was very lucky with Gunther my Bullmastiff mix. He loved puppies so it was never a problem. Pretty much brought the pup home and said here you go Gunther you two have fun!

Don't think I would take that approach today sometimes "ignorance" is bliss. Not a recommended approach however.

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I've done all my pup intros the same way. I sit on the driveway in front of the house with the pup between my legs. I have my wife let the adult dog out and they are allowed to sniff, lick, etc under my supervision and control. No unsupervised contact or play until I'm 100% comfortable with it, but that's not much of an issue since a puppy should only be unsupervised when crated.
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a lot of you guys gave some helpful stuff about introductions, but what about arguments over toys or water bowls etc?
My female gives puppies the 'puppy pass', but she's guardy towards dogs over her food/water and if she is playing with me and a dog comes in her 3 foot radius she tells them off with a snarl. I'm planning on getting a second dog down the line and I will avoid playing with the second dog loose, plan on feeding meals in crates, but not sure what to do about the water or bones laying on the ground except supervise forever. Is that something they just sort of figure out after you spend a lot of time managing it? I know a few times mouthing off and a puppy gets the idea to leave the older dog alone, just not sure about this or how long that usually takes


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