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Old 01-10-2013, 09:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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When you bring a new puppy home

When you bring a new puppy home, should you introduce it to the established dog of the house on neutral territory or is it ok to bring it into the home? How have you done it in the past and how long did it take for your new addition to become part of the pack?
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It's different for every dog. First priority - puppy safety. You must be 100% sure the resident dog is not just GOOD with puppies but FANTASTIC.

I have always introduced at home myself. One at a time. Carefully always proceeding with caution. The last thing one needs is a puppy that gets a bad experience. Many adult dogs are not great with puppies.
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It's different for every dog. First priority - puppy safety. You must be 100% sure the resident dog is not just GOOD with puppies but FANTASTIC.

I have always introduced at home myself. One at a time. Carefully always proceeding with caution. The last thing one needs is a puppy that gets a bad experience. Many adult dogs are not great with puppies.
Thanks Colleen, it's good to know I can do it the house. We have 3 acres for them to run around on and a large home so there is plenty of breathing room I'll just be sure I'm strictly overseeing the "breathing" lol
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I sit on the floor with puppy in my lap and let the resident dog sniff and nuzzle all he/she wants. When introducing Lola to Wheeler, once Wheeler began licking Lola's face I let her leave my lap. They have been best friends ever since.
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I sit on the floor with puppy in my lap and let the resident dog sniff and nuzzle all he/she wants. When introducing Lola to Wheeler, once Wheeler began licking Lola's face I let her leave my lap. They have been best friends ever since.
Shelly, that sounds like a great method. I hope to have the same results that you had with Wheeler and Lola. I've been in close contact with Lynne and am looking forward to our new Lyndobe baby girl
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I am about to get a new puppy and I have been advised to wear the older dog out,which also means they have been given your undivided attention and then introduce them.
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We introduced them at home both times. When we brought Nexus home she was a ball of energy and Mysti was curious, receptive, but then wanted to walk away and figured her new "friend would leave, she seemed a little huffy when the puppy followed her in the house and proceeded do make herself at home.

When we brought Bella home we introduced them in the house and Nexus thought we had brought her a new toy. It was often Bella seeking a quiet place away from Nexus lol.
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:58 AM   #8 (permalink)
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We introduced them at home both times. When we brought Nexus home she was a ball of energy and Mysti was curious, receptive, but then wanted to walk away and figured her new "friend would leave, she seemed a little huffy when the puppy followed her in the house and proceeded do make herself at home.

When we brought Bella home we introduced them in the house and Nexus thought we had brought her a new toy. It was often Bella seeking a quiet place away from Nexus lol.
lol, I think that's how Legend is going to be, thinking he has a new toy. I can't wait for them to become best of friends. When our other Dobie girl was around they did everything together and were complete lovebirds. She licked his ears several times a day. They played chase, tug-o-war, hide and seek, stalk, etc... I hope to see that again someday.
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