We bring home our new puppy tomorrow we're very excited and anxious! What's the best way to introduce him to our 10 year old? I've seen suggestions to have them meet in a neutral place like a park... but since he's only 8 weeks he can't go out in public places until he's had all of his shots. What's the best way to introduce them at our house? Our 10 year old is very friendly and we've never seen any aggression in her, however, she's never had a new puppy come into her home so we're not really sure what her reaction will be. All advice is very much appreciated!
Last edited by sandgrace; 06-07-2013 at 05:44 PM.
I can't offer advice, just excitement and congratulations to you and your new baby.
It is very exciting. I have recently done this, my first dog is a very friendly social dog but I was still anxious. I supervised like crazy. My first dog was a little jealous, so important to not forget your first dog and make a big fuss of them to. Lexie pushed the puppy into the pool a few times, of course Marley can swim and loved it, but he would have drowned had I not been there to haul him out. A few weeks down the track they are best friends, sleep together on occasions, Lexie and Marley now not each pushing for attention, they both know they both get lots of love and cuddles. I do feed them separately as Marley is food orientated. Biggest tip though, supervise until you are sure the puppy is safe.
has your 10 year old been around dogs much? have you ever had any other dogs in your home? has your senior been around a puppy in the last few years?
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
We used to have another dog that passed away a couple of years ago, but we haven't had any other dogs or puppies in our home since. She's friendly with other dogs on our walks and at the dog park.
Have been through this several times; never any agression problems. I always did the introduction in the yard , not the house. The older dog always seemed to understand that puppy is staying...part of family and always seemed happy about it. The only unusual introduction was with Heidi, our first Lab, 10. When we brought puppy into her yard, she salivated a lot and seemed to avoid puppy, a sign of nervousness I think. (She had another family dog who passed, but never knew a puppy.) It wasn't long (same day) before she was thrilled and playing with puppy, and seemed to go from an old dog into her second puppyhood herself.
I brought Todd into the back yard to meet my 11 year old corgi, Utley. Everything went great. Then went into the house from there. Utley was actually happy with the puppy and got the zoomies! I do intervene when I feel Todd is annoying him too much. But overall it was an awesome day! I'm excited for you!
Todd, Yellow Lab, 1/4/13
Mr. Utley, Welsh Corgi, 2/20/02
Thanks for the great advice! I think that the backyard soundsglike the way to go! We pick him up in a couple of hours, we're all very excited!
Good luck! I hope she loves the new puppy!