As i've just posted in the intro section, we are getting our lab pup in Feb.
My friend has a very excitable and still immature male cocker spaniel (2 years old i think) who is up to date on his vaccinations so she has said for me to bring my new pup around to hers to get her used to other dogs etc and as one of many ways of socialising her. Yes that is all great (i think) but as i said her cocker spaniel is very playful, quite rough and jumps around a lot (not trained in obedience a great deal) but very good natured as well.
My concern would be that he might be a bit rough for a small puppy to deal with?? or is this all part of socialising as well? at what point would i need to step in? or even is it a good idea at all??
would you take a small pup?
How old is your pup? As long as he/she has had at least 2 rounds of puppy vacs, I don't see a problem with it. I would keep an extra eye on them to make sure the Cocker doesn't get too rough, tho.
thanks for your reply.
We get her in Feb when she is 8 weeks but i wouldn't take her around until shehas had her vaccinations anyway. Although i've been told that as long as the other dog is healthy and up to date on its jabs then it is ok? or would you still not risk it?
I want to start socialising her asap but obviously dn't want to put her at any sort of risk/danger in the meantime
Its hard to really know how an adult dog will act around a puppy until you see that in person. While this cocker may be very rough with other adult dogs, he may act differently with a puppy. If he is a good tempered dog, I would try it when your puppy is 10 weeks- ish. As long as you are 100% sure that this dog is current in vax and that the home has not housed a parvo dog, ever.
If your puppy YIPES and the cocker does not respond by immediately backing off - then you step in and separate them.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
usually older dogs aren't too bothered by puppies...u will prob be surprised while ur expecting them to play and frolick together the spaniel will prob ignore the puppy...not much fun for us humans to watch lol..this is my experience anyway it can't hurt its good for the pup to learn how to behave around other dogs
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