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Old 08-29-2005, 09:42 PM
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Introducing a new puppy to existing pet dog

Ok I am seriously considering picking up a 3.5 month old black lab mix puppy tomorrow. It’s great with kids etc etc. The only thing I am worried about is Angel, my 4 year old German Shephard. She gets along awesome with other dogs, never ever had a problem. However, last time we went to Campland we had her out for a walk and we were standing and talking to a couple with a cute little yellow lab puppy, it was probably 4 months old. She did fine until the puppy would nip her in the face and then she got pissed.



I was thinking of taking Angel with me to see the puppy tomorrow. Maybe if they meet on neutral ground?



Angel is a very loving, social dog. We have two cats also and she has even had a “friend” over to our house LOL. Any ideas, suggestions etc?
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Old 09-01-2005, 05:19 PM
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We do have a new puppy I would love to post her pic. but got to wait until my daughter-in-law loads them in my computer. Angel Girl is a very play full puppy . Hope she settles down after she gets a little older. When my Son brings his dog over all they do is run and play in the house . LOL After they leave you would think I had kids here all day.lol

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Old 09-04-2005, 07:07 AM
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Hello there! We were given a bitch (5 years old) and had to introduce her to our german shepherd bitch (3 years old). At first, they were fine but after a couple of days, there was a scuffle over a toy and there was one ALMIGHTY fight! I thought the german shepherd was going to kill the older bitch! My son had to take a stick to them for them to stop. It was really frightening and something that has NEVER happened again! A pecking order was established and they now have a healthy respect for one another and are really quite fond of each other.

It was suggested to me that 2 bitches are difficult to get along together, so maybe I was lucky that nothing so terrible ever happened again - you don't say what sex the puppy is...Also, I think age must be a factor - each of mine had been used to being "top-dog" in their own home. A puppy will probably be accepted and fit in better than a more established dog! Phew! Good luck!
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Old 09-04-2005, 07:25 AM
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Wow! Well we've had a couple of scuffles, but no major fights. They get along great and Angel has shifted gears into the maternal role. The puppy is a boy, he's 4 months old and knows that Angel is the boss. That was established right away LOL! Here's a couple of pictures of them both, we've named the puppy Charlie.
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Old 09-04-2005, 08:08 AM
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When I was thinking about getting another dog to keep Jet-Bo company I called the breeder that I got him from as well as searching through books about chihuahuas. I was told that this particular species get along and it wouldn't matter if I had 2 males, 2 females, or one of each. Some breeds you cannot put certain sexes together and expect them to get along. I did get Poncho, who is Jet-Bo's nephew (by his sister from his litter) and they get along great. Poncho is shy and rarely playful and is now 7 years old. Jet-Bo still acts like a puppy although he as 12 and doesn't understand why Poncho snarls at him when he wants to play. lol We have to tell Poncho to be nice.

Anyway, Amanda, have you thought about consulting a few breeders and going to the library and researching what experts say on this subject for your breed? The Internet might be another good place to look as well.

Good luck and keep us posted on how your 4-legged family is doing.
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Old 09-05-2005, 09:50 AM
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Hi Amanda...

One thing you have to remember is that Angel has been the Queen of the house and now you are thinking of bringing in another ..and a young pup at that.

I would do several visits, a week would be great, with Angel and the new pup before committing to taking it. This way you can observe if she will take to th pup. Some adults never do. The mistake most make is to put the established dog and the new pup together for long periods of time. The pup needs its own space. Togetherness is to be monitored. Hopefully, Angel will take over mother roll and teach the pup how to respect her.

The most important thing to remember in all of this IF you take another dog, is that YOU and all of your family members are ALPHA.

As to pairing the sexes....
1 male 1 female make for a more peaceful existence.
2 female household is where trouble starts.... females and males don't fight the same way..

Males fight for dominance...
Females fight to kill...
I never advise 2 dogs for any household that is not experienced in handling two...

May I ask what the mix of the pup is?...and if not being to nosey, why another dog at this time? Remember it's a life committment!
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Hi guys

I'm surprised that the last two posts didn't see the one I posted right before theirs Angel and Charlie are doing just fine, they get along great and they both get their "alone" time. Things are going beautifully Pictures are above as well.

Oh and Jeannie, to answer your question, on the first day of school Angel moped around the house like a little lost puppy dog. She was so bored not having the kids here (this is the first year noone is at home as my youngest went into 1st grade this year) that I thought she would like a friend. It paid off, they are doing great.
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Old 09-05-2005, 11:47 AM
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Ohh good, Amanda.. that's always the best news!...
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Actually Amanda, I did see your posts. But, since the newsletter had just come out, I wanted to put my 2 cents worth in since others comtimplating doing the same may want to see what others have said.

I know when I was contemplating getting another dog, I was so worried about how it would affect him. At the time, I didn't have the Internet--it was probably new then--if it existed at all--so there weren't many places for me to go to find out if this was the right decision to make.

I am so glad that everything is going well for your little 4-legged family.
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Old 09-07-2005, 04:24 AM
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What darling doggies.

For anyone else who may have questions on this issue: We have brought together 3 dogs at different times, all were puppies coming in and we kept them in a crate when we weren't home till they all got to know each other better. Windi is the baby of the bunch and Katie the biggest but middle of the group adopted Windi as her pup right off the bat. Angel the oldest just tolerates them all.

Crating I think is important while they get acquainted and gives puppy a place all it's own to go to, to feel safe and secure.

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