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Old 04-19-2007, 05:09 PM   #1
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My beautiful darling Amber is a six year old labrador retriever, a big softy who is well used to other dogs and very kind and sociable. After much thought my husband and I have decided to get her a companion, she is a crossbred (unintentional, escaped from the garden) English Springer Spaniel Labrador Retriever, we think. We went to see her yesterday with a view to deciding, big mistake. She is a week old and gorgeous. We are looking forward to our new addition but my only worry is that Amber might be offended, pack her suitcase, and leave home. Amber sleeps on our bed and I don't mind this but I do not want this new addition to think that she can do the same. I am thinking of getting a crate for her. I know what will happen, the dogs will be sleeping on our bed and my husband and I will be sharing the crate. Can anybody give us any advice re introduction and any other relevant isssues.

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Well if she is a week old I assume you will be getting her when she is about 7-8 weeks old. If Amber is really as much of a softie as you say, you are not likely to have serious problems in the beginning. Adult dogs are very tolerant of small puppies until they reach the age of about 4 months. About the worst that might happen is that the puppy might get on the older gal's nerves wanting to play.
There is potential for problems down the road when the puppy gets old enough to be regarded by Amber as an equal. This is the time when you can see them vying for the dominant position. I do not have experience myself with two females so I cannot say too much to that, but we have many members with years of experience who can.
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Amber has two great friends who are bitches and we had one of them staying with us for three weeks when its owner was on holiday. They got on so well and Amber was rather lost when her friend had to go home so I am thinking she will be okay, although I am just a little worried about a puppy. My friend puppy walks for the Guide Dogs For The Blind and Amber has met many of the puppies and is able to put them in their place when they become too boisterous.

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If you introduce the new pup to an adult dog like Amber, you'll have better results. If your new addition was another adult...there might be some problems. Dogs are used to "packs" so bringing a pup won't be very offensive to Amber.

Just do it slowly and don't show signs of nervousness. Dogs scense that...

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Hi I am sure things will work out okay. Time enough to worry when you bring the puppy home. Amber sounds as if she is a tolerant dog and so long as you remember to fuss her and give her her food first I am sure you will not have any problems. Just remember she was there first and if you are fussing the puppy fuss amber too. The puppy is only a week old and usually puppies don't leave their mum's before 8 weeks, so as I already said wait till the puppy arrives and see what happens. I would suggest that their first meeting is on neutral ground, When I picked up my puppy I took my adult dog along , and introduced them so perhaps this may be an idea for you. Do let us know how it goes with the puppy. Good luck
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Gawd..I just brang my pup home and said "Hey Jed Look what I got!!" First night I made up a bed next to Jeds. Like Amber, Jed is a relaxed dog and everything was ok

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Amber sleeps on our bed and you can imagine I do not want another dog on the bed as well, it will be a tight squeeze. I do not want Amber to think that she can't get on our bed as she has slept with us since we got her (I know, stupid of us). What do I do to get the pup to understand that she has a separate bed and do I keep it in the bedroom or do I move it elsewhere? Somebody told me that this may be an incentive for Amber to mother the pup and we will eventually get the bed to ourselves (oh bliss) or will it be that the two dogs will end up on the bed and my husband and I will have to sleep in a crate. Any advice.

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Hmm, well I am not sure that I would like to have a sleeping rule apply to only one of your dogs. If you are going ahead with this plan then yes a crate in the bedroom with you would be the best bet at least initially.

Personally I would change the rule to 'no dogs on the bed' and provide Amber with a nice comfy bed of her own on the bedroom floor before you get your pup.

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April was 7 when my son brought Sooty home. There were no formal introductions. Sooty was from a workmate & left her mum & litter at 5 1/2 weeks old. The 1st April knew that there was a new pup around was when Sooty went under April's tummy to suckle. April jumped 4 feet in the air. For 4 days the puppy ran happily up to April & April would turn away as if to say 'she's not there'. She finally started to play with Sooty & they became the best of friends. April was never very friendly around other dogs.
May I suggest that you take a blanket for the puppy to sleep on for a week or so & then bring the blanket home & put it with Amber to sleep on so she gets used to the smell of the puppy. Make sure your relationship with Amber doesn't change so she doesn't get jealous. If you want her not to sleep on your bed now so you have time to change her sleeping habit.
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One of the biggest problems people usually have with introducing a new puppy to an adult is that if the pup never spent anytime with an adult before, and doesnt understand how to respect an older dog, the puppy usually tries to treat the older dog as a " new sibling" verses an older dog to respect. These behaviors include- jumping up in a the adult dogs face, following around too much ( sort of the mentality of your you kid sister following you with all your activities- gets rather annoying), play barking, and racing past the adult when the adult is sleeping.
There are several things you can do to avoid this. The first option would have been that at the breeders, the pup was exposed to an adult dog that could be trusted to polietly but firmly teach when to bother an adult and when not too.. First remember- your adult knows what the house was like before the puppy came- the puppy doesnt. If you intervene keeping the pup from jumping up in the older dogs face by using distraction- calling the pup towards you.
I also pet the older dog first, I give cookies to the older dog first. Being good with the puppy is rewarded towards the older dog.. Also - puppies need a nap anyway- its a good time out. Eight weeks is still pretty young, but with older pups, I take them for a walk with the adult dog. ( if your older dog loves a walk).. This does too things- its a great way to teach a puppy to walk on a leash, as they will naturally follow, and gets the pup out and about. Remember- at this age the puppy doesnt have all their shots, so only go in safe places where you would NOT encounter either other dogs, or areas frequented by other dogs..
If your adult dog has a toy that is considered " highly theirs"- put that toy up for now-. Remember to never leave a puppy alone with an adult dog. Remember if the pup has be asleep for a while, they can be pretty boystrous when they wake up. Watch that jumping up in the face etc. Have a direction where you are going. - LIke taking the pup out of his area of sleeping or crate, and encourage to go outside-. Just do not walk quickly or too fast- this creates excitement even more. If you do not think the pup can make it to the door- pick the puppy up and take them outside.
Limit the area of your house where the puppy will be for now. The main reason is not only will it help the pup get use to their surroundings, but also helpful for housebreaking. ( easier to make the point 'this part of the house is the den" type of thing. ) It also gives the adult a break if they want to go off and sleep undisturbed.
While a much older dog, this rules need to be more set if nothing else than sheer age, I have not found it too hard to introduce a puppy to a older dog. Just respect your older dogs age, and activity level. Also- remember a really young puppy, doesnt smell like a dog yet. This is one of the leading reasons that adult dogs might attack a puppy. The second reason is puppy rudeness.. When Zubin arrived, hottie was much older, also had bouts of lameness. When he would be too " puppyhood bounce" at hottie, I would call Zubin back to me in a high pitched happy voice- after getting zubin back, I would look at hottie and praise him for letting me handle it.. To this day both Femka and Hottie, if Zubin gets too much will glance at me like " MOTHER- do something.. ".. All of this earlier training has come in handy- as Zubin is now much bigger than both of the older ones.

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