Whats the best way to introduce a puppy to an older dog?

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Smart~With NO- Sense!
Barked: Mon Jun 11, '07 11:27pm PST 
Bella will be coming home in a few weeks and I was wondering if any one had some advice on how i should introduce her to jayne? Ive read alot of books but advice from someone experienced is always better.

Edited by author Mon Jun 11, '07 11:27pm PST


Miss- Pig!
Barked: Wed Jun 13, '07 4:18am PST 
We went through this expeirience when we brang our lab cross whippet puppy home at 10weeks.We already had missy our 4yr old bitch and she was sometimes unpretictable around other dogs esp dogs simalar to her height which tyler was back then.Before going to pick tyler up we set up missy's old crate in the dining room,this is what we were going to use to introduce them safely.When we brang him home,missy was in the living room were my sister had her on the lead.We took tyler outside and let him have a sniff about for 15mins then we put him in his cosy crate were he just sat looking around.Then we brang missy in, first in our arms.She was sniffing the air and defiantly knew another dog was in her home.Thenwe put her down and she carefully went up to the crate door and had a sniff [while she was still on the lead] she had a little growl aswell.Then we swapped them over and tyler didn't care less that she was in the crate lol but it really helped as they could see each other.Then it was going so well we let them out together missy was still on the lead though,tyler tried to start playing and missy did get a bit grumpy at first but then she ignored him.The 2nd day of having him we let them both out in the garden and not a problem,from that day on they have been fine together,they play,sleep and eat together.
We found this a good positive expeirience using the crate to introduce them both.If you haven't got a crate it could still be done in a simalar way by seperating them in certain rooms and gradually bringing them both in together.If your dog is good and comfortable around other dogs then it shouldn't be a problem introducing your puppy to your adult dog.Good luck big grin