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When I've had pups at the same time I've had seniors....I've always protected the old from the big, young and obnoxious. :) My Rot/Lab girl was big enough really to take care of herself, but she did have old Westie was also arthritic, and small...with a "terror attitude", so she needed to know that I was there.

What I find interesting is that your older dog has chosen to sleep in the pup's crate at taking it over...leaving his scent in it....I have no clue why he's doing it, but it is interesting. I like the rotation idea above. Sleeping with one dog one night, and the other the also teaches puppy to do nights in a crate should a need arise.

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