Puppy socialization suggestions?
Quick background summary. I live in a rural environment with basically a 15 minute drive to get anywhere with a significant population. I have an existing (and awesome) GSD-Norwegian Elkhound mix that is 11 years old. In a few weeks I am adding a new GSD puppy to the mix. I have read, watched videos, and talked to the breeder about the right way to introduce the two dogs. But I'm pre-worrying about how to handle the puppy's socialization.
When I socialized my now 11 year old when she was a puppy I took her out almost every day to somewhere where she could meet people--like a hardware store. I'm not exactly sure how to do that with the new puppy now that I have two dogs.
1) Ideally I want to socialize him when it is just him and me. That way I can supervise the interactions closely and make sure they are positive experiences.
2) On the other hand I want to limit, especially at first, the number of times I leave my current dog at home and just take the new puppy. That seems like a path to jealousy.
3) I am worried about bringing two dogs into a hardware store (or park, or wherever) especially when one is a hyper, unsocialized puppy.
4) Given the drive times and all the other new things (housebreaking, training, feeding schedules, etc) it really isn't feasible for me to make separate trips into "civilization" each day, first with the current dog, then with the puppy.
There are tons of resources on the hows and whys to socializing a new puppy. But I haven't found any good advice on how to do this when you also have an older dog in the picture as well. I feel like I am overthinking things. Any suggestions welcome.