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Old 05-29-2014, 11:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New GSD puppy introduced to geriatric Yorkie

Let me start by saying that I'm a major dog lover. I've never owed a. GSD but my husband has always wanted one. A month ago today I lost my sweet girl. Best dog in the whole world my little Yorkie Zoe who was almost 16 years old. She dies suddenly of CHF. My heart has never grieved like I have for that girl. We still have her son who is also a full breed almost 14 year old male Yorkie. Honestly after Zoe's death I thought I would never get another dog because I didn't want this heartache again!!
Well we've decided that we would get another dog. My husbands desire to own a GSD has won me over and I've spent hours researching the breed. I though I would be more of a shelter rescue type person but with having chip, my Yorkie, I know we have to get a puppie. My Yorkie spends most the day in his crate, he loves it in there. If I'm home he's sitting with me or my daughter but he really is a true den animal. Plus he sleeps a lot cause he's old. I do walk him 1/2 a mile a day. He really doesn't care for other dogs too much. He pretty much ignores them. I know he's going to be majorly pissed off but I think he will chill after a while. My biggest concern is his safely. I have a custom crate I had made for him and his mom. Since she passed I created a little walk through so his food could be in there and safe away from the puppy(he's a grazer) if I'm at work (I work 2 days a week)and my husband and kids are home I will just have them keep the Yorkie in the crate. My question is, has anyone else has success with a GSD and a toy breed?? We are buying a pup and will get her next month. I'm trying to prep and get as much information as possible. New GSD puppy introduced to geriatric Yorkie-imageuploadedbypg-free1401421060.633854.jpg


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Old 05-30-2014, 12:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm so sorry to hear of Zoe's passing. Our animals love us unconditionally and it breaks our hearts when they leave. I have three small dogs and a 16 wk old GSD. It has worked out very well. I rotate dogs out of their crates in the house. So when the three are out, the puppy is crated and when the puppy is out, the three are each in their crates. OK, I have a dog-house home decor... My focus is to keep the little ones safe and happy. I gradually introduced the puppy on a leash outside where the three have more room to maneuver. He is respectful of my little dogs and they get along, but i really supervise as I only want positive experiences for everyone. My three have "privileges" that the puppy doesn't have so they are satisfied. Go slow and have a management plan. Congratulations on your new baby!
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Thanks! I was wondering about the privileges. I was afraid the GSD would take it out on the little guy if I allowed too many privileges. Like at night when I watch TV I allow my Yorkie to chill out with me in my bed. I'm planning on allowing that because I'm figuring at that time the pup will be asleep anyway. How many hours is your GSD sleeping at night? Thanks again!



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My sister and I own a house together and she has a 3.5 lb yorkie mix, he's a rescue and they estimate his age to be 14. He's small, frail, has cataracts so very limited vision in only one eye, and doesn't move fast due to joint problems. When I brought Delgado home at 9 weeks the rules were laid from day 1 that Nemo was not to be messed with. Anytime he got boisterous around him we corrected and redirected and we always supervised.

Keep the puppy on leash for the first little bit and always have toys and treats. You need to show the puppy that you're the best thing in his life, the more he looks to you the less he will pay attention to the other dog.

Now Delgado's older and he's learned respect, Nemo can be down on the floor wandering and Delgado will walk around him. Sometimes he forgets and bowls him over but if Nemo squawks Delgado immediately realizes what he's done and will back off. It takes time but it's worth it
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Wow. You guys are helping relive my stress!!! We have an 11 year old daughter and 15 year old son. The rules will be laid down for them as well. We are getting a female GSD since the Yorkie is a male. Supervision will he HIGH!


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Hi! We have a 7 month old GSD and an 8 pound chihuahua/dachshund mix. It's doable We brought Bear home at 12 weeks and made it clear what the rules are regarding Winnie and the cat. Leash the puppy at first and always redirect with treats and toys. Always supervise any interactions. It is a lot of work at first but it's worth it. At first Winnie didn't want anything to do with Bear, but now they get along well. Here they are on a walk together

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I love that photo! Thanks for sharing. We plan on tethering the pup to us while in the house if she's not crated (to begin with). I'm hopeful!


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