As owners of 2 or more Doodles or dogs we are dealing with special issues - let's discuss them
Introducing puppy to older dog
We have an older AussieDoodle, probably around 11 years old. We adopted him 10 years ago this October. In March we lost our Webster who was 12 1/2 yrs old. They were the best buds from the beginning. Fitz, the rescue we have now, has always been a fearful dog. We never know exactly how he will react to new dogs. He can be friendly with one and bark aggressively at another. We have placed a deposit on a multi-gen puppy. Not sure whether we will get one in the litter due late Sept. or the next,…Read more…
The way I introduced was as soon as puppy got home, we let puppy sniff out and play in the yard, go potty, etc. 20 minutes or so? Then we brought Boca out, off leash, and let them meet and put Boca away if things got too rowdy. Then we managed their time together as needed. Sometimes I didn't want Boca distracting puppy so he could potty or I didn't want to supervise wrestling or I needed puppy to have time with a food toy or vice versa so they were kept behind crates/gates as needed.
We have 10 dogs in our immediate family. All are invited for holidays. Five are Doodles. Here is 5 waiting for dinner.
Congrats on your new puppy, Danielle. My mom had Westies - what great dogs.
I took my three on a walk on the trail behind the beach today and they were great. When we were walking out, I saw a bird (dove) sitting on a post and I thought it was a sculpture. I said, "You are so beautiful, you look real." He turned his head and I realized he was real. He just stayed on the post as we walked behind him. I had the two larger doodles on pronged collars and the little one on a halter, but I usually walk them one at a time. It worked just fine with three dogs, however.
Welcome and hope that rollercoaster ride is great!