Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Slingerlands, NY
Adopting a senior and integrating him into new home. Help?
Not sure where to post this topic. I am interested in adopting a retired Work line GSD. Former Police dog. He is an 8 year old male who has lost most of his hearing.
I currently own a 4 year old alpha male GSD (father is American show line, Mother is East German/DDR work line). He isn't friendly with most dogs he meets with the exception of dogs he has known since he was a pup. (3 other shepherds, a JRT & a Mut....all owned by family and friends). However, even with these dogs, he will assert his dominance.
My biggest fear bringing the senior home is that I won't be able to keep them together as Cyprus will want to assert his dominance and attack the dog.
Am I crazy for wanting to adopt the retired dog and give him a good home? Anyone have advice on how to handle both of them? How to introduce them? Etc. any opinions or advice would be appreciated. And by all means, ask as many questions as you'd like.