Introducing A New Puppy To Your Older Dog

Your dog is getting on in age and you have to face the reality that he may not be around for much longer. You and your old dog could both use some youthful company. Before you can take your puppy home, it is important to think about certain factors that will influence the choice of breed of your new puppy. Cuteness has more effect on humans and much less or none on your old dog.

Introducing A New Puppy To Your Older Dog

To increase the potential for a harmonious relationship between your old dog and his young puppy friend, it is important to think about their compatibility.

Consider the following:

Companion dog size

If your old dog belongs to a large breed, this could become a hazard for a little puppy. Play could become too rough for a Chihuahua when playing with a Great Dane. In the beginning of the friendship, it makes sense to take special precautions when introducing a small or miniature pup to a big dog.

You can also choose a more robust puppy breed. Once they know and like each other the big guy could become the protector of the small guy.

Your old dog could be really old and having all the symptoms of old age. A boisterous puppy might cause injury to the old dog.

Make sure there is always enough supervision when the young and the old meet.

Companion dog size

Some dog breeds are known for their predatory instinct. Terriers, Greyhounds and Afghans for example may not be able to control their urge to go after creatures and they could end up injuring your new puppy.

Other breeds such as herding dogs have a natural instinct to chase. They need proper training to stop them from chasing the new dog and giving him a fright.

ALSO READ:
Puppy Insurance: Protecting Your Best Friend

More aggressive breeds may not be able to be friends with any other dog. It is important that the human leader shows that the little guy is ok. In most cases your dog will accept and comply with your instructions.

Companion dog breed

Some dog breeds are known for their predatory instinct. Terriers, Greyhounds and Afghans for example, may not be able to control their urge to chase after your Lab.  Consider how your Lab will cope with this

Other breeds such as herding dogs have a natural instinct to chase. They need proper training to stop them from chasing the new dog and giving him a fright.

More aggressive breeds like, Pit Bull terriers may not be able to be friends with any other dog. It is important that the human leader shows that the little guy is ok. In most cases your dog will accept and comply with your instructions.

Companion dog gender

In most cases it works better to choose a puppy of the opposite sex to join your old dog. The resident dog will feel less threatened by a puppy. A puppy of the opposite sex will also prevent conflicts when the puppy is an adolescent.

IMPORTANT
If you have two or more dogs, introduce the puppy to each one individually. Sometimes old dogs need days or weeks to learn to accept the stranger. Good management of this process is required to achieve success.

Add a Reply:

Add your comment below.