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Adult GSD vs Puppy GSD

Hey guys. I recently got a 5 month old GSD female puppy and I havent tried to to introduce her to my other GSDs. I have a 3 year old male and a 6 year old female who just had puppies in the backyard. I want to put my pup in the backyard with them but I'm afraid they might fight. I guess my question is, would both my adult GSDs know that she is a pup and not attack? What is the best way to break the ice? Thanks!
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I would not introduce a new dog to a mom who had just had puppies. You could probably introduce her to the 3 year old male.


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I would not introduce a new dog to a mom who had just had puppies. You could probably introduce her to the 3 year old male.
Thanks for the response. Can you please help me with identifying certain behaviors (when I introduce the 3 year male to my pup) that i should Be weary of? What are some good sings and bad signs? I'm asking to prevent any fighting before it happens.
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When I introduce a foster dog to my dogs, I try to do it on neutral territory. Would it be possible for them to meet at a park or down the street, somewhere besides your house? I've had the best results in letting dogs meet each other off-leash so they don't feel defensive.

The 4-month old will very likely submit immediately to the adult dog, and it's highly unlikely that an adult male would harm a female puppy.

If they both have good manners, they'll meet at a 90-degree angle to each other and sniff each other on the neck area, moving back to the anus and genitals. Expect to see a more upright "stiff" posture from your male and a lower "hunkered" posture from the puppy. It's a great sign if she rolls over on her back. You don't want to see them looking each other hard in the eye, she should turn her head and not make eye contact with him.

I honestly don't think you'll have much problem, especially if you can get them away from mom and pups and the home territory.


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When I introduce a foster dog to my dogs, I try to do it on neutral territory. Would it be possible for them to meet at a park or down the street, somewhere besides your house? I've had the best results in letting dogs meet each other off-leash so they don't feel defensive.

The 4-month old will very likely submit immediately to the adult dog, and it's highly unlikely that an adult male would harm a female puppy.

If they both have good manners, they'll meet at a 90-degree angle to each other and sniff each other on the neck area, moving back to the anus and genitals. Expect to see a more upright "stiff" posture from your male and a lower "hunkered" posture from the puppy. It's a great sign if she rolls over on her back. You don't want to see them looking each other hard in the eye, she should turn her head and not make eye contact with him.

I honestly don't think you'll have much problem, especially if you can get them away from mom and pups and the home territory.
I can't take them to a neutral place, sorry. I have taken my pup to the fence and the male wags his tale and whines a lot. That's good right? Also my pup has been in my house and she has been really good with my 3 chihuahuas. She wants to play with them but the chihuahuas snap at her lol.
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I can't take them to a neutral place, sorry.
You can't take two dogs down the block or to a park? Really? That's kinda odd.

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I have taken my pup to the fence and the male wags his tale and whines a lot. That's good right?
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You can't take two dogs down the block or to a park? Really? That's kinda odd.

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My male isnt trained to be off leash. I would have to take them to a gated area.
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My male isnt trained to be off leash. I would have to take them to a gated area.
Oh well, certainly it would need to be a fenced area. . . maybe a tennis court, friend's yard, dog park, or similar. I thought you meant it wasn't possible to take two dogs off your property at once.


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Oh well, certainly it would need to be a fenced area. . . maybe a tennis court, friend's yard, dog park, or similar. I thought you meant it wasn't possible to take two dogs off your property at once.
Lol sorry about that. Thanks for the answers I really appreciate it. Last comment though, my female mom went up to the fence too but she didn't growl or act strangely. She seemed pretty cool. It's just a thought, but, does the mommy know that the pup is just a baby, thus not growling or barking at her?
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It's possible. . . I wouldn't risk it. Mama dogs tend to be protective of young babies with other dogs. Not to mention that if the pups are very young, you don't want your other dogs going out into the world and then coming back in to see the pups. Too much risk of bringing in disease that could kill them. At that age they have zero immune system and your dogs could track in the feces of an infected dog.


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