The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
A mistake a lot of people do is put too much obedience on a young dog, hoping to impress the club members - Obedience can come later. What makes for an impressive dog is self-confidence, engagement, focus, and rag and food drive. That is what you should be working on.
Pup does perfect at home but falls apart at another place is a concern. Work on building her confidence up, and taking her out and about and playing, playing, playing with her in all sorts of new environments. Forget formal obedience, build her up so that everything is a major adventure, and she is the best, bravest, most capable adventuring pup ever! Nothing, NOTHING is as rewarding as playing with you! You want her to have eyes only for you, play only with you, look to you for all her needs. You want her strutting around like she owns the world, and she can't do wrong, and she knows it!
About your other dog, YES! She is already not into you all that much (but you can change that), so do separate and limit her time with your other dog. What I did with Gryffon and previous pup I had is for the first year, I kept the new pup separated from my older dog all the time - take one dog with me to work, leave the other one home. Keep them separated through crates, baby-gates, x-pens in and about the house. I allowed one or two supervised play sessions together with my older dog a day. I did take them for daily leash walks together, and I did not count that as play time, more like "mind your manners even with you buddy there time". No rough-housing in the house, period! Lots and lots one-on-one engagement time.
A lot of people will say that they never went to those extremes, and their IPO dog turned out just fine, and it well may be so. But with a puppy that already seems to need more focus and engagement work, I would not risk her becoming "doggy" and if IPO is your goal, I would work out a plan where she has very limited contact with your other dog.
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