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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-16-2010, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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How old should your gsd be before introducing a new gsd pup. My dog is almost 10 months old now
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-16-2010, 09:11 PM
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We went against the "norm" and added a new pup when our first was only 6 months old.

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whats the norm? how did it work out?
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-16-2010, 09:27 PM
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I don't think it always has to do with "how old" but more to do with "how well trained". Anka came home on Argos' 1 year birthday. Cade came home 2 months after Anka's birthday. Argos and Anka were both in a place where they understood the signals that there was work to be done and were capable of ignoring the puppy. That's what I want from my older dog. I want a neutral dog. Also I do a lot of separation between my older dog and puppy. This helps to ensure that the younger dog gets the training and individual time that it needs. If you're planning on putting everyone together most of the time you're better off to wait.

This is Argos with Anka when she can home. You can see that even though she doesn't have much self-control, he is perfectly capable of ignoring her and paying attention to me. This helps because some of his obedience and attitude rubs off.






I think though that if you haven't done much training you are better off to wait. A one year old dog is still very much a puppy and training is by no means complete. Any bad habits that your adolescent has or will develop with maturity CAN rub off on the new pup.

I would say in general for the average pet owner, it is best to wait until maturity on the older dog.

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I think that most situations like this totally depend on your personal readiness.

If you are physically and mentally ready, can provide for another pup financially and time wise, your current dog is doing well on his training then, why not? If your current pup still needs alot of work then maybe wait. My dog will be 9 months old when we bring home our GSD pup at the end of June (provided the litter has what we are looking for), and currently at almost 7 months he's doing awesome on his training so I'm really not worried about doing it myself.
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For me, best to have a 4 to 5 year spread. I get one dog really trained and socialized and have all the necessary time and $$$$$$ to get a 'practically perfect' dog before adding another to the mix.

Pretty much all the responsible breeders agree and won't even sell another puppy to someone with a young dog. Some good info is on

http://www.uvhs.org/behavioral_docs/double_trouble.pdf

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whats the norm? how did it work out?
I think JKlatsky summed up why it's best to wait. Everyone thought I was crazy for getting another puppy right away and said to wait at least one year, preferably two years or more. It has worked out very well for us though. They get along great and have always been able to be trained separately. Chevy was in obedience school when we got Shya and I think she learned a lot by his example as well as other training.

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Thanks for the great info and fantastic pics
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