Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Fresno, California
Introducing new pup to other house dog
We currently have a seven yr old female, Nadia. She is our first GSD and was given to us when she was 1 1/2yrs old she is also an outdoor dog. We are very excited for the arrival of our new pup in about seven weeks, he shall be named Kino. Kino will also be an outdoor dog and I know majority of pet owners here may not like the sound of that. Because Nadia has been the only dog here with her own doghouse and bed, I want to make sure I take the proper steps to avoid any hostility between the both of them. How do I introduce them? Am I going to need to buy a crate and keep Kino in there during the nights next to Nadia since eventually he will be sleeping in the same area as her or do I keep the crate in the laundry room of our home for the first few nights? There is no way my husband will want the puppy in our bedroom. I will bring some bedsheets that will carry the scent of his siblings to help him with any separation anxiety. Since I work from home, I will do my best to keep Kino busy so he will sleep through the evening. When it comes to feeding do I feed Nadia first or can I feed them together (of course at a distance). How do I approach both dogs, I'm sure the puppy will be so excited and jumpy to see me do I pet Nadia first then the puppy? I'm afraid Nadia will get jealous and may bite Kino. I have been reading puppy threads but haven't seemed to find one about puppies meeting other house dogs. Thank you all for your input and advice from your own experiences.